ATAI is a collaboration between the 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, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and an anonymous donor.
ATAI funds our network of researchers to generate rigorous evidence through randomized evaluations on the stages of agricultural transformation. Agricultural transformation is the process of farmers transitioning out of subsistence and into expanding commercial enterprise through increased productivity and diversification, the expansion of output markets, and the deepening of value chains.
From 2009-2013, ATAI established a research agenda focused on a conceptual framework of seven market inefficiencies that lower farmers’ expected profit potential and constrain agricultural technology adoption. The first decade of research funding to advance this agenda led to a series of emerging insights for agricultural policy on issues related to risk, credit and savings, information, and input and output markets.
To achieve our goals, ATAI:
You can read more about our approach to agricultural transformation in our ATAI Program Renewal Framing Paper.
You can view ATAI’s Board Members who provide intellectual leadership and guidance for the initiative.
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