This project brings together innovative research on sustainable intensification of cereal crops, with a special focus on gender. In particular, we explore: 1) gender differences in adoption of modern inputs and soil and water conserving technologies 2) comparisons and linkages between fertilizer adoption decisions on plots managed collectively and individually within households, 3) the dynamics of intensification across agro-ecological zones, 4) the effects of organic and inorganic fertilizer use on (intra) household welfare, 5) the role of women in sorghum intensification, 6) ongoing research and policies to promote sorghum intensification, 7) the structure of the fertilizer value chain, including the subsidy program, 8) the effects of NPK and DAP use on productivity. The results offer critical perspectives on the use of sustainable intensification strategies and contribute to the discussion on how to design and implement more comprehensive and inclusive policies in order to stimulate agricultural productivity. Research is conducted in collaboration with the Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) in Burkina Faso.
Policy Engagement Outreach Contributions
- Inclusion Financière et Agriculture / Financial Inclusion and Agriculture. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. November 29, 2016 - November 30, 2016.
- Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting. Boston. August 2, 2016.
- Gender and Cereal Intensification in the West African Sahel. Veronique Theriault, Melinda Smale, Hamza Haider. Seminar, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida. March 11, 2016.
- Techniques agricoles améliorées. Augmenter le taux d’adoption. Maria Porter, Melinda Smale et Andrew Dillon. Economiste du Faso. 02 Novembre 2015.
- July 31, 2015—Presentation of descriptive survey results to faculty of the University of Ouagadougou, Estelle Plat.
- How Does Gender Affect Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production in the West African Sahel? Veronique Theriault, Melinda Smale, Hamza Haider. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco. July 27, 2015.
- Input Use on Major Cereals as Measured by the Enquête Permanente Agricole (EPA) of Burkina Faso, 2009/10-2011/12. Melinda Smale, Hamza Haider, and Veronique Theriault. Draft May 1, 2015.
- April 2015 – Presentation of preliminary research results at the “Atelier de partage et d’apprentissage collaboratif sur les programmes de résilience au Burkina Faso” organized by USAID, Nicoló Tomaselli, Estelle Plat (Ouagadougou).
- March 2015—Partnership meeting, presentation of descriptive survey results to local partners, Andrew Dillon and Maria Porter
- March 2015—Dissemination meeting with USAID/Burkina, Andrew Dillon, Estelle Plat, Maria Porter, Nicolo Tomaselli (Ouagadougou)
- Demand and supply constraints to improved sorghum technology adoption in Burkina Faso. Preliminary results from the baseline survey. Andrew Dillon and Maria Porter. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 9 March 2015.
- February 2015—National AGRODIA Board of directors meeting presentation, Estelle Plat (Ouagadougou).
- How does gender affect sustainable intensification of cereal production in the West African Sahel? Veronique Theriault, Melinda Smale, and Hamza Haider. Invited Paper accepted for presentation at the AAEA meetings in San Francisco. December 3, 2014.
- November 2014 – Presentation of preliminary research results to local sections (Bam, Passore and Sanmatenga)of AGRODIA, Estelle Plat.
- November 2014—Presentation to USAID and BASIS researchers of preliminary research results, Andrew Dillon (Washington DC).
- Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agriculture in Africa (GISAIA) Overview of Burkina Faso Case. Melinda Smale for team. July 16, 2014.
- November 2013 – Presentation of research questions and design at the University of Ouagadougou, Melinda Smale, Estelle Plat.
- Innovations dans la culture du sorgho: quelles contraintes pour les agriculteurs? Presenté par Melinda Smale pour l’équipe des projets BASIS/GISAIA au séminaire d’Impact Workshop Series, Innovations for Poverty Action, l’Université de Ouagadougou, Octobre 31, 2013.
- September 2013—Design presentation at the USAID/BASIS conference at the University of California, Davis, Andrew Dillon.
- June 2013—Design validation meeting in Ouagadougou, Andrew Dillon.
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