Agriculture

J-PAL’s Agriculture sector focuses on improving agricultural systems in developing countries and on ways to help farmers adopt practices and technologies that are profitable or environmentally sustainable, and on programs that have the potential to better link farmers to markets.

Three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and many depend directly or indirectly on agriculture. Agricultural technologies have the potential to improve their lives through higher yields, better prices, lower risk, and improved nutrition. But take-up of these technologies—from improved seeds to financial products like microinsurance—is low. J-PAL affiliates are conducting rigorous research to test new ways to promote take-up, manage the risks inherent to agriculture, better link farmers to markets, and promote environmentally-sustainable agricultural practices.

The Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) promotes research that helps identify the constraints that keep poor farmers from adopting profitable agricultural technologies, as well as possible solutions to tackle those constraints.

Publication

Market Inefficiences and the Adoption of Agricultural Technologies in Developing Countries

This literature review provides a theoretical framework for the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), a joint collaboration with describing seven constraints that prevent the adoption...

Publication

Resilient Rice

Flood-tolerant rice reduced risk for smallholder farmers in Odisha, India and encouraged additional investment in their farms, resulting in substantially increased yields in both flood and non-flood...

affiliate

Shawn Cole

Shawn Cole is an Associate Professor in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School. His research examines corporate finance, banking, and consumer finance in developing countries, covering topics...

Evaluation

Formal Rainfall Insurance for the Informally Insured in India

Researchers evaluated how informal insurance within Indian sub-castes affects the demand for formal rainfall insurance, and subsequent risk-taking among households employed in agriculture. Informal...