Heterogeneous and Conditional Returns from DT Maize for Farmers in Southern Africa

Laura Paul Under Review Abstract: This paper assesses the return to DT maize using four years of data from on-farm yield trials and high-resolution precipitation data (10-day measurements at a 0.05° resolution) in southern Africa to assess claims of the DT maize advantage. On farms (rather than controlled trials) DT maize yield slightly exceeds thatContinue reading “Heterogeneous and Conditional Returns from DT Maize for Farmers in Southern Africa”

Bundling Stress Tolerant Seeds and Insurance for Resilient Small-scale Agriculture: Impacts and the Challenge of Learning about Technologies with Stochastic Benefits

Steve Boucher, Michael Carter, Jon Einar Flatnes, Travis Lybbert, Jonathan Malacarne, Paswel Marenya, and Laura Paul Risk has long been hypothesized to inhibit small farm investment in new technologies. Recent evidence indicates that index insurance and stress tolerant seeds can separately boost small farm investment. In this study, we explore whether the complementarities between theseContinue reading “Bundling Stress Tolerant Seeds and Insurance for Resilient Small-scale Agriculture: Impacts and the Challenge of Learning about Technologies with Stochastic Benefits”