Papers and Presentations

Presentation: Beliefs and Behavior

This presentation is based on the AMA Innovation Lab projects for the Mind the Gap Workshop. This workshop was designed to allow for discussion of the pressing problem of the “yield gap” and the constraints to technology adoption that cause it. 

Presentation: Mind the Gap Workshop

This presentation is based on the AMA Innovation Lab projects throughout Africa. This research seeks to explore the growing gap between the rural poor farmers of Africa and their barriers relating to adopting new technologies. 

Presentation: Scaling Foundational and Adapted Yield Gap Strategies

It is possible to utilize a combination of breeder input, meteorological data, farmer preference data and distributed yield data to develop are-specific variety recommendations.  Through ground-truth findings, trained field staff can provide fairly effective variety recommendations tailored to the farmers. This presentation is based on the AMA Innovation Lab projects for the Mind the Gap Workshop.

Paper: Targeted Social Protection in a Pastoralist Economy: Case Study from Kenya

Social protection programs are designed to help vulnerable populations—including pastoralists—maintain a basic level of wellbeing, manage risk, and cope with negative shocks. The research team uses evidence-based to understand the poverty dynamics in the pastoralist-based economy of northern Kenya’s arid and semi arid lands as a case study to discuss and compare the observed impacts of two different social protection schemes on heterogeneous pastoralist households.

Presentation: Horticulture Innovation Lab

This presentation was presented by Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham from UC Davis on October 17, 2016 and describes the number of benefits from working alongside Feed the Future Innovation Labs and research into resolving world hunger.

Presentation: Identifying Constraints and Innovating Solutions for Broadly Based Growth

Even when aid is regularized into cash assistance programs, an important question to ask is if there are potentially more cost-effective methods of addressing the problem by treating the causes, rather than its symptoms. This presentation is based on the AMA Innovation Lab projects for the Engaging Universities to End Global Poverty and Hunger Workshop.

Paper: Insurance Contracts when Farmers “Greatly Value Certainty:” Results from Field Experiments in Burkina Faso

In discussing the paradoxical violation of expected utility theory that now bears his name, Maurice Allais noted that people tend to “greatly value,” or overweight, outcomes that are certain. Digging deeper, the Principal Investigator draws on the more recent work of Andreoni and Sprenger on a Discontinuous Preference for Certainty and show that that impact of the rebate framing on willingness to pay for insurance is driven by individuals who exhibit a well defined discontinuous preference for certainty.

Paper: Designing Index-based Insurance for Managing Asset Risk in Northern Kenya

The research team describes the methodology used to design the contract and its underlying index of predicted area-average livestock mortality in Index-based Livestock Insurance. The Principal Investigator describes the contract pricing and the risk exposures of the underwriter to establish IBLI’s reinsurability on international markets.

Presentation: Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies

About 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty.  With labor being their only outlet, understanding the link between labor market choices and poverty is key to poverty reduction. This presentation took place in Washington DC, United States on June 29, 2016 by BRAC.