Feb 01, 2015 - Policy Output

The Importance of Risk: Video on Examining Underinvestment in Ghana


Three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and the vast majority depend, in one way or another, on agriculture. Technologies like better seeds and farming practices could increase yields and improve livelihoods. But few farmers adpot these technologies. J-PAL affiliates Dean Karlan (Yale) and Christopher Udry (Yale) investigate when and why farmers in Ghana decide to use certain agricultural technologies. Watch Christopher and Rachel Glennerster, J-PAL Executive Director, discuss this research in our short film, “Digging for Answers: Examining the effects of rainfall index insurance for farmers in Ghana.”