The Impact of Farmer-Field-Schools on Knowledge and Productivity: A Study of Potato Farmers in the P
Godtland, Erin, Elisabeth Sadoulet, Alain de Janvry, Rinku Murgai, and Oscar Ortiz. 2004. “The Impact of Farmer-Field-Schools on Knowledge and Productivity: A Study of Potato Farmers in the Peruvian Andes.” Economic Development and Cultural Change.
Using survey-data from Peru, this paper evaluates the impact of a pilot farmerfield-school (FFS) program on farmers’ knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM) practices related to potato cultivation. We use both regression analysis controlling for participation and a propensity score matching
approach to create a comparison group similar to the FFS participants in observable characteristics. Results are robust across the two approaches as well
as with different matching methods. We find that farmers who participate in the program have significantly more knowledge about IPM practices than those in the non-participant comparison group. We also find suggestive evidence that improved knowledge about IPM practices has the potential to significantly improve productivity in potato production.
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