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Evidence to Action 2014: Building Markets for Small Scale Farmers


Without agricultural progress, poverty and hunger will persist. CEGA is at the forefront of researching innovative ways to encourage advances in agriculture in Africa and South Asia. This year, our annual research symposium featured emerging evidence and novel interventions that improve how markets provide information and mitigate risks for farmers to encourage adoption of profitable technologies. Watch all the presentations and panel here!

Date and Time

May 1, 2014 1:00pm — 5:45pm


UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Enter through the Sculpture Garden, near the museum's Cafe Babette



Introductory Remarks, Temina Madon and Vice Chancellor Graham Fleming

Achievements in Building Markets for Small-Scale Farmers, Craig McIntosh

New Technology: Promise and Risk (Sierra Leone), Rachel Glennerster

The Success of Flood-Tolerant Rice in Eastern India, Kyle Emerick

Progress with Stress Resistant Rice for Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, Umesh Shankar Singh

Leveraging Social Networks to Enhance Agricultural Extension, Jeremy Magruder

Keynote Speaker, Andrew Youn

Selling Low and Buying High?: Understanding Farm Profitability (Kenya), Marshall Burke

The Value of Price Information to Farmers, Marcel Fafchamps

Looking to the Future: Shallow Markets and the Technology Treadmill, Alain de Janvry and Panelists

Panel Discussion

  • Richard Caldwell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ion Yadigaroglu, Capricorn Investment Group
  • Minh Le, Oxfam
  • David Ameyaw, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa


Alain de Janvry (UC Berkeley), Marcel Fafchamps (Stanford University), Jeremy Magruder (UC Berkeley), Craig McIntosh (UC San Diego), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Rachel Glennerster, Temina Madon, Andrew Youn, Umesh Shankar Singh, Kyle Emerick, Marshall Burke, Richard Caldwell, Ion Yadigaroglu, Minh Le, David Ameyaw


Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)