The MRR Innovation Lab is expanding an ongoing RCT to learn how communities recover from a disaster like Cyclone Idai and whether the program made communities more resilient and to extend USAID research on resilience measurement.
MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing financial contracts for rain collecting water tanks, including a layaway savings plan, an asset-collateralized loan and a hybrid option that enables farmers to save towards the loan’s deposit.
This project is developing an index insurance product that insures total agricultural revenue for small-scale producers while also expanding it to agricultural labor households who don’t have physical crops but whose livelihoods depend on local agriculture.
This expansion of an ongoing project in Zambia expansion tests whether a low-cost planning intervention improves savings, shifts how families distribute household resources and whether the intervention changes how families make decisions at the next harvest.
In a new feasibility study, MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing whether smartphone pictures of crops before and after damage can help implement fail-safe audits in Ethiopia. This picture-based insurance (PBI) audit may dramatically improve contract responsiveness while keeping costs low.
An MRR Innovation Lab research team is leveraging recent advances in DNA fingerprinting to test maize and bean seeds from across supply chains in Uganda to identify leaks responsible for low-quality seeds reaching farms, creating an opportunity to enhance seed system resilience.
An MRR Innovation Lab research team is collaborating with partners in the digital finance and agriculture sectors in Kenya in a feasibility study to design and offer digital agricultural loans backed by weather index insurance.
This MRR Innovation Lab project in Rwanda and Senegal explores how stronger property rights and better functioning land and labor markets can maximize the potential of large-scale irrigation projects to generate agricultural growth and resilience in rural communities.
In Rwanda, MRR Innovation Lab researchers are measuring the impacts of connecting maize farmer cooperatives with the innovative processor Kumwe Harvest to provide a stable market for newly harvested maize while increasing the quantity accepted for purchase.
MRR Innovation Lab researchers are testing a “behaviorally smart” intervention with index-based livestock insurance in Ethiopia to maximize the welfare of all households by measuring their preferences and beliefs and providing tailored advice on the decision to purchase insurance.
This project will develop improved index insurance policies for small-scale farmers to create stronger demand and impact for index insurance in Ghana, with a particular focus on improving the accuracy of how well products predict actual crop losses.
This randomized controlled trial (RCT) will investigate the impacts of the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) Graduation Program and Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI)—alone and in combination—at the level of individual household outcomes as well as in terms of local poverty measures.
Risk and poverty are key, inextricable concerns in Bangladesh, Ghana and Ethiopia. The research will focus on the impact of idiosyncratic risk on asset poverty and the mechanism available to redress it.
In this project, researchers are working with sorghum breeders and agro-input suppliers in Burkina Faso to compare alternative mechanisms to encourage adoption of improved seed and fertilizer micro-packs.
This project includes field studies of short- and long-term impacts of two innovative agricultural development programs based on this model that target smallholder, mainly women farmers, in Uganda and Senegal.
This project implements an experimental evaluation of the Trust Funds for Rural Development’s (FIRA’s) Technological Guarantee Program (TGP) targeted a Mexican maize smallholders and extends the project design to farmers in Kenya.
This project tests a novel approach to improving institutional performance by playing repeated experimental games, which may then alter patterns of coordination and cooperation for managing fisheries in Tanzania.
This project aims to combine the market linkage services of a highly reputable private sector brokerage firm with high‐frequency data collection, an innovative digital trading platform and a set of contractual guarantees for smallholder farmers in Uganda.
This project examines a range of drought-related indices based on data sources and parameters used by HSNP and IBLI. This will help determine which index is most appropriate for an index insurance product that aims to protect households from drought related shocks.
This project evaluates new agricultural technologies that stabilize crop yields and rural incomes in the face of environmental shocks that historically have led to decreased food intake and irreversible, long-term negative impacts especially among young children.
This project seeks to improve access for the poor by identifying mechanisms that create incomplete access, which innovations are effective at expanding access, and finally in looking at the welfare implications of expanded financial services.
This three-year program of research, outreach, and education is designed to promote the adoption of improved production practices among Ghanaian smallholders by coupling index insurance with production loans.
The research will focus on developing simple, flexible and inclusive index insurance products, and learning how to link them with savings or credit to reduce the impact of basis risk inherent in any index product.