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Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa

Kristin Davis (), Ephraim Nkonya (), Edward Kato, D.A. Mekonnen, M. Odendo, R. Miiro and J. Nkuba

World Development, 2012, vol. 40, issue 2, 402-413

Abstract: The authors used a longitudinal impact evaluation with quasi-experimental methods to provide evidence on economic and production impact of a farmer field school (FFS) project in East Africa. FFSs were shown to have positive impact on production and income among women, low-literacy, and medium land size farmers. Participation in FFS increased income by 61%. Participation in FFS improved agricultural income and crop productivity overall. This implies that farmer field schools are a useful approach to increase production and income of small-scale farmers in East Africa, and that the approach can be used to target women and producers with limited literacy.

Keywords: farmer field schools; extension; East Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.05.019

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