Food Security and Nutrition Network

Evidence in Agriculture: Credit for Smallholder Farmers

Event Details
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children, 899 North Capitol Street NE, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20002 and online

The TOPS Program and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) hosted Becca Toole, Policy Associate of MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel's Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to discuss smallholder farmers' credit needs, why traditional microcredit does not always meet them, and to share results of rigorous research (funded by the ATAI) that tested tailored credit products to better fit the context of smallholder agriculture.

Event Resources

Event Recording 

Event Presentation - Becca Toole, J-PAL


This was the third session in a series on emerging insights from randomized evaluations hosted by The TOPS Program and the Agriculture Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI). To listen to the first session, visit Randomized Evaluations in Practice: Opportunities and Challenges. To listen to the second session, visit Evidence in Agriculture: Information Constraints to Technology Adoption.

The TOPS Program and ATAI will collaborate on a series of presentations in 2017, offering both in-person and online participation options. Subsequent sessions will include such topics:

  • Globally Informed Locally Grounded Program Development - focuses on how lessons from smaller evaluations can generalize to inform larger program design across contexts, as well as how general lessons from the literature can be used to increase impacts. What types of data are useful to different parts of your theory of change? How is evidence from different contexts useful? How can you use very contextual and experimental evidence to inform your program design? 

More about ATAI
ATAI is a joint research initiative of J-PAL and UC Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). ATAI's mission is to develop and rigorously test programs that improve adoption and profitable use of agricultural technology by small-scale farmers in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. ATAI also works with practitioners, funders, and developers to define the most critical issues, technologies and adoption strategies in agricultural developmnent, to ensure that the resulting research has maximum impact on the lives of the poor. USAID's Office of Food for Peace has been exploring ways in which ATAI's expertise, particularly around applying randomized control trial research methodologies to program planning and decision-making, can be harnessed to the benefit of the FSN Network.