Can agricultural extension and input support be discontinued? : evidence from a randomized phaseout in Uganda / Ram Fishman (Tel Aviv University), Stephen C. Smith (George Washington University and IZA), Vida Bobić (George Washington University and Inter-American Development Bank), Munshi Sulaiman (BRAC University) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserFishman, Ram ; Smith, Stephen C. ; Bobic, Vida ; Sulaiman, Munshi
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, July 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12476
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

Many development programs are short-term interventions, either because of external funding constraints or an assumption of impact sustainability. Using a novel randomized phaseout research method, we provide experimental tests of phaseout effects of an extension program designed for women smallholder farmers in Uganda. We find that program phaseout does not diminish demand for improved seeds, as farmers shift purchases from NGO-sponsored village supply networks to market sources, indicating persistent learning effects. We find no evidence of declines in improved cultivation practices taught by the program. These results have implications for both efficient program design and for models of technology adoption.