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Pistes de réflexion du secteur Agriculture

Le secteur Agriculture de J-PAL se concentre sur l’amélioration des systèmes agricoles dans les pays en développement. Les Pistes de réflexion ci-après résument les grands enseignements tirés de l’évaluation de programmes consistant à accorder des crédits aux petits exploitants, à leur fournir des informations et à les protéger contre les risques.

Craig McIntosh (University of California, San Diego) et Tavneet Suri (MIT Sloan School of Management), Co-Responsables du secteur Agriculture

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Facilitating savings among smallholder farmers to smooth or increase consumption

Last updated: May 2019
Offering savings products to smallholder farmers did not transform agricultural investment or output in six studies in sub-Saharan Africa. In a few cases, savings products sometimes benefited farmers by providing a form of risk protection and by helping them smooth consumption over time. Read More

Agricultural information and extension services

Last updated: April 2018
Agricultural information and extension services in developing countries can be improved by adapting the pedagogical model, using information and communications technology (ICT) to reach farmers directly with more tailored and timely information, incentivizing trainers based on learning outcomes, and leveraging social networks for last-mile information delivery. Read More
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Credit's limited impact on smallholder farm profitability

Last updated: April 2018
Increasing access to traditional microcredit has had limited impacts on smallholder farmers’ profitability in randomized evaluations in developing countries. Demand for new offers of credit was low, ranging from 17 to 33 percent, and even when farmers used traditional credit products to invest in new technologies and practices they rarely experienced increased profits. Read More
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Protecting farmers from weather-based risk

Last updated: February 2016
Weather index insurance protects farmers against losses due to extreme weather and facilitates investments in their farms, but low demand for these products at market prices suggests the need for alternative approaches to protecting farmers from weather-based risk in developing countries. Read More

Sector Chairs

Craig McIntosh


Tavneet Suri


Sector Contacts

Kyle Murphy

Policy Manager

[email protected]
(617) 324-9199

Rebecca Toole

Senior Policy Associate

[email protected]
(617) 324-1641

Emily Sylvia

Policy Associate

[email protected]
(617) 577-5854