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Soil Testing Services & Leaf Color Charts to Achieve Balanced Fertilizer Use

Part of Harvard University

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Stage 1 : Ideation

Soil testing services and leaf color charts are being made available by governments in developing countries, including Bangladesh, so it is important to understand the impact of these programs on fertilizer use and returns of farmers, and to explore whether these services can be scaled up through the private sector.

Registered in Bangladesh.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Processing & Production and Soil Management

Agriculture, Processing & Production and Soil ManagementSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Bangladesh

BangladeshSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

To understand the impact of intervention programs on fertilizer use in developing countries.
How does your innovation work?
Harvard plans to study heterogeneous treatment effects to understand some of the channels through which these interventions work, and to improve the understanding of why farmers fail to achieve balanced fertilizer use. By providing some people additional information on long-term costs of Imbalanced use, and through collecting data on the rates at which people discount the future, we will be able to estimate the relative Importance of these causes of misuse.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We also plan to estimate demand for these technologies through estimates of wllllngness-to-pay for these by farmers.
It is also important to understand the heterogeneity within farmers on who benefits from leaf color charts and soil testing, so that any shortcomings can be addressed during the scale-up and through further innovations in the future.

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New Country Implemented In
Bangladesh