Effects of Irrigation on Smallholder Welfare: Evidence from Haiti

Food insecurity and hunger remain thorny challenges in Haiti, resulting from the combination of political instability, environmental degradation, poverty and natural disasters (Perez-Escamilla et al., 2009; Ivers et al., 2010; Sample, 2016). Crop yields are low even compared to the neighboring Caribbean countries resulting in low food availability. Little food production is compounded by rural poverty to limit food access for roughly 50% of Haiti’s population (USAID, 2017). Declining yields in the major staple crops, maize and rice (Ray et al., 2013) do not bode well for future food security…. Read more here

Preventing Postharvest Loss in India

The ADM Institute Postharvest Loss Prevention project is based in the state of Bihar in India. Bihar is one of the poorest states in India with an annual per capita income of around USD 250. Majority of the population in Bihar is rural and around 90 percent of the cropped area is under food grains (rice, wheat, maize). In a randomized control design, we work with 4000 farmers in 80 villages of 5 districts of Bihar. Around 83 percent of the farmers in the region are smallholders and own less than 1 hectare of farmland. Read more here 


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