Nos centramos en la mejora de los sistemas agrícolas en el mundo en desarrollo. Nuestros afiliados estudian maneras de ayudar a los agricultores a adoptar prácticas y tecnologías que son rentables o ambientalmente sostenible y programas con el potencial de vincular mejor a los agricultores a los mercados. El sector está copresidido por Craig McIntosh (UC San Diego) y Tavneet Suri (MIT). Hay 67 evaluaciones aleatorias en 23 países.
Tres cuartos de las personas en condición de pobreza en el mundo viven en zonas rurales y la gran mayoría de ellos depende directa o indirectamente de la agricultura. Ciertastecnologías, como semillas mejoradas y mejores prácticas agrícolas, tienen el potencial de mejorar la vida de éstas personas mediante incrementos en las cosechas, mejores precios, menores riesgos agrícolas y una nutrición mejorada. Sin embargo, pocas personas usan estas tecnologías a pesar de estar disponibles. Investigaciones rigurosas han demostrado diferentes formas de mejorar la adopción de estas tecnologías nuevas, como compromisos de ahorro, los cuales ayudan a los granjeros a financiar sus insumos. Otras investigaciones están buscando mejores formas para que los granjeros administren el riesgo, diferentes formas de resolver fallas en el mercado de créditos, mecanismos alternativos para dar a comunicar conocimientos agrícolas y formas de promover prácticas agrícolas que beneficien al medio ambiente.
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Policy Insight

Protecting farmers from weather-based risk

When designed well, insurance does protect small-scale farmers from adverse weather events, but farmers have low demand for these products at market prices. New technologies and climate-smart agricultural practices can reduce farmers’ risk exposure and increase their climate resiliency. More...

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Using insurance and climate-smart technologies to help farmers cope with weather-based risk

An urgent policy priority, both to increase farmers’ own productivity and profits and to contribute to stabilizing food security throughout these regions, is to provide accessible forms of risk protection. J-PAL’s updated Policy Insight reviews 23 randomized evaluations on common interventions...

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J-PAL and UM6P launch new agriculture research lab to improve food security and support evidence-informed decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa

On October 10, J-PAL in partnership with University Mohammed VI Polytechnic launched the UM6P-J-PAL Agricultural Lab for Africa. Chaired by Tavneet Suri (MIT, J-PAL Agriculture sector Co-Chair), the lab will be hosted at University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in Rabat, Morocco, with the goal of...

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Policy Insight

Improving agricultural information and extension services to increase small-scale farmer productivity

Agricultural extension services can be improved by leveraging tools like information and communication technologies, trainer incentives, or social learning to support small-scale farmers’ decisions to invest in new, profitable practices. Extension programs that target both male and female members of...

Local farmers work in rice fields in Lombok, Indonesia.

Tailoring information to increase technology adoption among farmers

J-PAL’s updated Policy Insight reviews strategies to improve information dissemination to help farmers make optimal production decisions and investments to improve their livelihoods.  

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Are Rainwater Harvesting Techniques Profitable for Small-Scale Farmers? The Adoption and Impact of RWH Techniques in Niger

In Niger, researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to test the impact of providing training and conditional or unconditional cash transfers on farmers’ adoption and use of an environmental technology, their resulting land use, agricultural production and profitability, and labor allocation...

Robert Darko Osei stands under a wood structure with a mule in the background.

Affiliate Spotlight: Robert Darko Osei on the intersection of agriculture, technology, and development

Robert Darko Osei is an associate professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Ghana. Robert also serves as co-chair of the Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative (DAISI), which funds...

Farmer standing in his growing soybean field examining the progress of plants.

Identifying and testing gender-sensitive and climate-resilient agricultural solutions: The Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative’s first round of projects

J-PAL and the Center for Effective Global Action’s (CEGA) Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative (DAISI) was launched in 2021 to rigorously evaluate programs that increase the availability, quality, and reach of bundled, digital agricultural solutions and services for small-scale...

Sector Chairs

Co-Líder, Agricultura

Professor of Economics

University of California, San Diego

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Co-Líder, Agricultura

Member, Executive Committee

Associate Professor of Applied Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Sector Contacts

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Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Policy Manager, J-PAL Global

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Policy Manager, J-PAL Global