Research Evaluering

Beyond the Field: Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Food Security and Poverty Alleviation

Study paper no. 52
working paper - publication Helene Bie Lilleør and Anna Folke Larsen

In this paper, we estimate the impact of a farmer field school intervention among small scale farmers in Northern Tanzania. We find strong positive effects on measures of food security, but we find no effect on the poverty indicators. We investigate possible mechanisms for this and conclude that both reallocation of labor resources and improved production smoothing among participating households may, in part, lead to this finding.

In 2014 the article was accepted for publication in the international interdisciplinary journal for development studies World Development, Vol. 64.

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