Presentation: Evaluating & Learning in Haiti: Household Impacts of SRI

What impact does a coordinated SRI intervention have on rural households? For this project, the welfare impacts to study include farm profit, income, and food security measures. What mechanisms drive the household impacts of SRI, and what characteristics drive SRI adoption decisions, including partial adoption? Benefits may vary based on household and plot characteristics such as risk aversion, the agronomic potential of SRI on different plots, and the availability and opportunity cost of household labor.

When considering SRI, many other questions remain. What is the impact of the availability of agricultural credit on SRI adoption and household welfare? What is the role of coordination with neighbors in SRI adoption and implementation? Does cooperation among farmers affect adoption decisions and/or the success of SRI? Does the importance of coordination vary depending on physical location and plot characteristics? How do adoption rates and the benefits of SRI change as farmers learn from neighbors? How might sustainable coordination and cooperation among farmers be encouraged?

This presentation was part of an Oxfam Brownbag that took place on February 22, 2016. Presenters included from Oxfam America Jean claude O Fignole, Alix Percinthe, Sarah Belfort and Barry Shelley, and from UC Davis Abbie Turiansky and Travis Lybbert.