Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
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310 Goddard (Crowe), The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave., Medford

What Are the Barriers to the Adoption of Environmental Techniques in Africa? Evidence from Niger

Join the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy at Tufts University for a lecture by Jenny Aker, Professor of Development Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University as part of the CIERP Research Seminar Series. Light lunch will be served. RSVP appreciated. 

Despite decades of investment in rainwater-harvesting (RWH) techniques in the Sahel, adoption of these techniques remains low. This may be due to barriers to initial adoption or to disadoption. Using a randomized control trial of training and financial incentives designed to encourage the adoption of demi-lunes in rural Niger, we find that adoption of these environmental technologies is high amongst all treatments as compared to a control, and that farmers are able to increase their area of cultivated land.

Jenny Aker is a Professor of Development Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University. Jenny also serves as the Director of the Fletcher Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion (FLPFI), the Deputy Director of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs and the co-Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP).  Her current work seeks to understand the impact of information technology on development outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the areas of agriculture, agricultural markets, adult education and financial inclusion. 

Contact Name: 

Sara Rosales

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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