Dec 27, 2013 - Update

Poverty Action Lab Bridges the Gap Between Research and Action in Agricultural Development

News Article - Food Tank

by Melody Ng

“[J-PAL’s] agriculture program focuses on researching the efficacy of policies and programs in less industrialized countries that have been put in place to increase agricultural productivity. The evaluations examine the factors behind the low uptake levels of newly available agricultural technologies in those countries and ascertain which technologies are most suitable for improving agricultural yields, food security, and nutritional intake in a given community. Since 2009, the researchers at J-PAL have been collaborating with UC Berkeley’s Center for E×ective Global Action (CEGA) to form the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI). The initiative promotes research that both identifies constraints that prevent poor farmers from adopting and benefiting from newer agricultural technologies and explores possible solutions to overcome those constraints…”