Seminari Applied

Karen Macours

Paris School of Economics


Seminario 3 – 14:30


We evaluate a technology upgrading intervention for smallholder dairy farmers in Uganda, showing that a simple version of the “contact farmer” extension model can meaningfully increase farmers’ revenues. In a program that provides no monetary incentives to local farmer trainers, backstopping by professional extension agent and advertising pro- social motivation reinforce impacts. We find no statistical evidence that program effects vary by farmers’ characteristics. Being exposed to a broad menu of 33 different feeding practices, farmer trainers re-adjust feeding practices to fit their labor and capital endowments; this selection according to comparative advantage may explain the program’s widespread and homogeneous benefits.

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