Papers and Presentations

Paper: Short-term Impacts of a Pay-it-forward Livestock Transfer and Training Program in Nepal

This study evaluates the short-term (1.5 year) impacts of a multifaceted livestock transfer and training program in rural Nepal using a randomized control trial (RCT). Results show that the program significantly increased financial inclusion and women’s empowerment after 1.5 years for both direct beneficiaries and those brought into the program via its "pay-it-forward" component.

Paper: Early adoption of conservation agriculture practices: Understanding partial compliance in programs with multiple adoption decisions

This article attempts to fill an important knowledge gap by studying conservation agriculture (CA) adoption in southern Malawi. The results show that farmers view adoption of CA as a series of separate decisions, rather than a single decision, and that mulching residues and intercropping or rotating with legumes introduces a multiplier effect on the adoption of zero tillage.

Presentation: Improving the Value of Agricultural Insurance

In this presentation for the 13th International Microinsurance Conference in Lima, Peru on November 9, 2017, AMA Innovation Lab assistant director Tara Chiu discussed the proven impacts index insurance can have on small-scale farmers in developing economies and the importance of ensuring that only quality products are made available on the market.

Paper: Unintended Consequences of Enforcement in a Cooperative Institution: Experimental Evidence from Tanzanian Fishers

Small-scale fisheries in developing countries employ the majority of the world's fishers and are a critical source of income and nutrition for billions of people, yet they frequently suffer from overfishing. The team explores the mechanisms by which this undesirable outcome arises and argue that institutional reform should consider that resource users make jointly determined decisions about gear choice, including illegal ones, and harvest rates.

Presentation: Index Insurance for Agricultural Risk Management

In this presentation at the June 5-10, 2017 Global Learning and Evidence Exchange for Market Systems event in Dakar, Senegal, AMA Innovation Lab assistant director Tara Steinmetz discussed the benefits and challenges of using index insurance as a means of supporting small-scale farmers facing a range of climate-related threats.