Updated May 27, 2020

Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS)

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Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS)

An innovative solution to low productivity and underinvestment on smallholder farms, contributing to an understanding of the main barriers to boosted agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.
How does your innovation work?
DIRTS examines the constraints to intensified cultivation in a context of insurance, building on previous IPA studies and incorporating findings from relevant li...
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An innovative solution to low productivity and underinvestment on smallholder farms, contributing to an understanding of the main barriers to boosted agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.
How does your innovation work?
DIRTS examines the constraints to intensified cultivation in a context of insurance, building on previous IPA studies and incorporating findings from relevant literature. DIRTS hypothesizes that insurance allows smallholder farmers to increase farm investment, and that complementary extension services and input technology access will lead to intensified cultivation practices and improved per-acre profitability.
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The Disseminating Innovating Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS) study proposes an innovative solution to low productivity and underinvestment on smallholder farms, contributing to an understanding of the main barriers to boosted agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Registered in Ghanain Ghana

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Cultivation & Tools, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and 1 MoreSEE ALL

Agriculture, Cultivation & Tools, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and TechnologySEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana

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$990,270
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To test this hypothesis, DIRTS will measure the impact of varying combinations of three innovative agricultural interventions, namely: (1) assured access to commercial drought index insurance at varying prices; (2) assured access to good-quality input technology packages; and (3) a community-based mobile extension service. The study is designed as a randomized controlled trial and will collect annual and weekly data from beneficiaries to gain a granular understanding of program reach, areas for improvement and impact.

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Ghana