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Does Sending Farmers back to School have an Impact?: Revisiting the Issue


Yamazaki, S and Resosudarmo, PB, Does Sending Farmers back to School have an Impact?: Revisiting the Issue, The Developing Economics, 46, (2) pp. 135-150. ISSN 0012-1533 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1746-1049.2008.00060.x


The Farmer Field School (FFS) is an intensive training program providing farmers with science-based knowledge and practices, including integrated pest management. Recently there has been intensive debate as to whether or not this kind of training has any significant impact. Most case studies argue that the impact, in terms of a farmer's ability to reduce the use of pesticides while increasing yields, is significant. However, panel data studies using household panel data sets for Indonesia have not been able to confirm that this is the case. The present paper uses panel data available from previous panel data studies and applies a new model specification to reevaluate whether or not the FFS induces better performances among farmers enrolled in the program and also among their neighbors, who are expected to receive some spillover knowledge from the FFS alumna. © 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © 2008 Institute of Developing Economies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Labour economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Human capital issues
UTAS Author:Yamazaki, S (Associate Professor Satoshi Yamazaki)
ID Code:60317
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2010-01-29
Last Modified:2010-06-04

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