The mission of the Agricultural Technology
Adoption Initiative (ATAI) is to develop and
rigorously test programs that improve the
adoption and profitable use of agricultural
technology by small-scale farmers in South Asia
and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The long-term objective of ATAI is
to ensure that the poor derive
greater benefit from existing and new
agricultural technologies.


Created with Sketch. Funds randomized trials to build an evidence base on improving technology adoption and market integration Synthesizes available evidence, developing a process to address and answer outstanding questions. Strengthens the capacity of others to run rigorous randomized impact evaluations. Ensures decisionmakers are aware of the evidence to inform relevant agricultural development strategies.


ATAI is a collaboration between MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), launched in 2009 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UK aid from the UK government, and an anonymous donor.

ATAI’s network of researchers and staff generate and disseminate rigorous evidence. We fund randomized evaluations and share results to illuminate what helps and what hinders farmers to adopt technologies and access markets, in a manner that increases their profitability and improves their welfare.

Explore Our Research:
ATAI has funded 41 unique research studies engaging thousands of smallholder farmers throughout South Asia and Africa.

ATAI researchers and staff host trainings, facilitate matchmaking, and disseminate research findings among practitioners and policymakers. We also work to help implementers scale cost-effective strategies and support evidence-based program design in agriculture.

Explore our Findings & Outreach:
ATAI produces policy outputs to synthesize and share results, and individual ATAI projects and their partners publish findings publicly.