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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.; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3022
Country:Indonesia; Date Stored:2003/05/23
Document Date:2003/04/30Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Teaching and Learning; Agricultural Research; Crops and Crop Management Systems; Sustainable Land and Crop Management; Agricultural Knowledge and Information SystemsLanguage:English
Major Sector:EducationRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:WPS3022Sub Sectors:Adult literacy/non-formal education; Agricultural extension and research
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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