Parallel session
Agricultural technology adoption and impact

Growth of agriculture remains the key to development in agriculture-based economies. The objective of this panel is to take stock of recent advances in identifying the determinants of low technology adoption, and in charting the course for future research on this fundamental issue.

Adoption of technological innovations is essential to increase land and labour productivity. Yet, the adoption of technological innovations has been lagging, particularly in rainfed Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern India. What explains this low adoption puzzle despite important efforts by governments and donors?

With the availability of new data and extensive field experimentation, much has been learned about potential effective constraints, both on the supply side of technology, as well as on the demand side and the institutional context where agriculture is operating.

Session videos

Parallel 2.3 | Agricultural technology adoption and impact

Luc Christiaensen | Alain de Janvry | Catherine Guirkinger | Willis Oluoch-Kosura | Q&A


Travis Lybbert | Chair

Travis Lybbert is a Professor at the University of California, Davis, in the Agricultural & Resource Economics Department. He has published on topics in applied microeconomic ranging from poverty dynamics, climate change and childhood nutrition to technology adoption, intellectual property and innovation policy. Collaborating with researchers, students, NGOs, governments, and firms, he has lived and worked in India, Haiti, and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Europe.

Luc Christiaensen | Presenter | Presentation

Luc Christiaensen is lead agricultural economist in the World Bank’s Jobs Group and a senior and honorary research fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven and the Maastricht School of Management respectively.  Dr Christiaensen has written extensively on poverty, food security and urbanization in Africa and East Asia. He was co-task manager of the 2016 World Bank Africa Region flagship report: Poverty in a Rising Africa and core member of the team that produced the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development.

Alain de Janvry | Presenter | Presentation

Alain de Janvry is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His area of interest is international economic development, with expertise principally in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East, and the Indian subcontinent. He has worked with international development agencies such as FAO, IFAD, the World Bank, UNDP, ILO, the CGIAR, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Catherine Guirkinger | Presenter | Presentation

Catherine Guirkinger is a Professor of Economics in the Center for Research in Economic Development (CRED) at the University of Namur (Belgium). Her main field is development economics, specifically the economics of households and extended families, particularly in Africa. Other research interests include economic history and the economics of microfinance. She is currently an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Willis Oluoch-Kosura | Discussant

Willis Oluoch-Kosura is Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nairobi. . He was  the founding Program Director of the Collaborative Msc in Agricultural and Applied Economics at AERC. His research interests include agricultural development policy, focusing on issues of rural factor and product markets; poverty dynamics; technology generation and adoption; institutional analysis and project planning and management. Professor Oluoch-kosura has been widely published. He has also consulted to Kenya’s Agriculture sector ministries, FAO, World Bank, CTA, UNCRD and several other National and International Organizations and Networks.