Strategic Communications Manager
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access
I write about new research that develops and tests ways to empower agricultural households in developing economies to sustainably improve their livelihoods. Learn more at basis.ucdavis.edu.
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Microinsurance was designed to help at-risk farmers to increase their resilience, but existing products have suffered from low demand. New research shows that an innovative loan product may provide an alternative that provides many of the same benefits as insurance.
New research from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access suggests a better way to maintain the watersheds feeding Malawi’s power supply could be financial incentives for small-scale farmers upstream to adopt conservation agriculture.
This post reports on an insured loan in Ghana that increased the likelihood that women would apply for credit to invest in greater productivity. It also increased the likelihood of getting approved.
How long should a development intervention run? An evaluation of a BRAC program for women farmers in eastern Uganda showed what components could sustain without funding, but also questions about how long programs should last.
An AMA Innovation Lab randomized controlled trial in western Kenya recently explored how the region's local agroecological conditions might affect hybrid maize yields and their potential to impact poverty and food security.