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UNU-WIDER WP/2012/88 Helping Poor Farmers to Help Themselves: Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique

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WP/088 Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique

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This paper evaluates the impact of an integrated rural development programme on farming techniques and food security in the Gaza area of rural Mozambique. We examine the impact of a group-based approach, in a country with few impact evaluations of technology adoption in farming. Using self-collected panel data on over 200 households from treatment and control villages from 2008-10, we examine the impact of the aid programme on people living in the treatment villages, using the difference-in-differences approach, and on those who participate in the farmers’ groups, using instrumental variables techniques. The results on farming activities and food security indicate some positive immediate impacts on technology adoption and self-reported food security.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2012/88
Title:
WP/088 Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique
Authors:
Milla Nyyssölä, Jukka Pirttilä and Susanna Sandström
Publication date:
October 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-552-9
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2012
Keywords:
food security, farming techniques, fertilizer use, technology adoption, impact evaluation, Mozambique
JEL:
O1, O2
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges specific programme contributions from the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida) and Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) for ReCom. UNU-WIDER also gratefully acknowledges core financial support to its work programme from the governments of Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Format:
online

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