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Sending farmers back to school - the impact of farmer field schools in Indonesia, Volume 1
Author:Feder, Gershon; Murgai, Rinku; Quizon, Jaime B.; Country:Indonesia;
Date Stored:2003/05/23Document Date:2003/04/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Crops and Crop Management Systems; Agricultural Research; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems; Teaching and Learning; Sustainable Land and Crop Management
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education
Region:East Asia and PacificReport Number:WPS3022
Sub Sectors:Adult, Basic and Continuing Education; Agricultural Extension, Research, and Other Support ActivitiesCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3022
Volume No:1Related Dataset:Indonesia Farmer Field School Study;

Summary: The authors evaluate the impact of farmer field schools, an intensive participatory training program emphasizing integrated pest management. Their evaluation focuses on whether participation in the program has improved yields and reduced pesticide use among graduates and their neighbors who may have gained knowledge from graduates through informal communications. The authors use panel data covering the period 1991-99 in Indonesia. Their analysis, employing a modified "difference-in-differences" model, indicates that the program did not have significant effects on the performance of graduates and their neighbors. The authors discuss several plausible explanations for this outcome and suggest recommendations for improvements.

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