Agricultura

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

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...

A male farmer standing in a field of crops looks down at a mobile phone that he is holding.
Blog

Evidence for digital and bundled services: Framing a research agenda for the Digital Agricultural Innovations and Services Initiative

As the reach of digital agricultural services has grown rapidly within the last few years, building an evidence base on how these services should be designed, implemented, and scaled to best align with the priorities of small-scale producers is an important and timely issue—and one that J-PAL's...

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Blog

Affiliate Spotlight: Tavneet Suri on the importance of locally-grounded research

A weak internet connection did not stop J-PAL Africa Scientific Director Tavneet Suri from getting her point across in our interview: Good research is done with an ear to the ground and a connection to the community. Calling in from her home country of Kenya, Tavneet emphasized how important it is...

green watermelons being sold in open air market in Vietnam
Policy Insight

Incentivizing higher-quality agricultural outputs

Despite making investments in technologies and practices to improve the quality of their products, smallholder farmers in low- and middle-income countries do not often receive higher prices for their higher-quality agricultural goods. Disorganized markets with many intermediaries may make quality...

Farmers use mobile phones
Evidence to Policy

Tecnología basada en telefonía celular para la entrega de información agrícola

Precision Agriculture for Development se basó en los resultados de dos evaluaciones aleatorizadas para crear y difundir un nuevo modelo de extensión agrícola basado en teléfonos celulares.

Man in Uganda selling maize
Evaluation

Building Market Linkages for Smallholder Farmers through a Digital Marketplace in Uganda

Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation in Uganda to test the impact of a mobile phone-based marketplace for agricultural commodities on local market prices, entry of traders, farmer revenue, and trader profits. Overall, the platform increased trade flows and decreased price variation across...

West African woman and children sitting on the edge of a dirt selling home grown produce
Blog

Earth Day 2022: Evidence for climate-resilient food systems and nutrition

The effects of climate change will worsen over the next thirty years and will disproportionately impact the world’s poorest people in many ways. In recognition of Earth Day 2022, we're highlighting how food systems, food security, and nutrition are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts.

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

Headshot of Sarah Coughlin

Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Headshot of Brindha Gopalakrishnan

Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Initiatives Lead, J-PAL Global

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Policy Manager, J-PAL Global