How to make farming and agricultural extension more nutrition-sensitive: evidence from a randomised controlled trial in Kenya
Ogutu, Sylvester Ochieng ; Fongar, Andrea ; Gödecke, Theda ; Jäckering, Lisa ; Mwololo, Henry ; Njuguna, Michael ; Wollni, Meike ; Qaim, Matin
Citable Link (URL):http://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/16314
We analyse how agricultural extension can be made more effective in terms of increasing farmers’ adoption of pro-nutrition technologies, such as biofortified crops. In a randomised controlled trial with farmers in Kenya, we implemented several extension treatments and evaluated their effects on the adoption of beans biofortified with iron and zinc. Difference-in-difference estimates show that intensive agricultural training can increase technology adoption considerably. Additional nutrition training helps farmers to better appreciate the technology’s nutritional benefits and thus further increases adoption. This study is among the first to analyse how improved extension designs can help to make smallholder farming more nutrition-sensitive.