The past decade has witnessed a dramatic increase in the use of randomized trials in agricultural program evaluations, particularly in East Africa. However, the “last mile” of transforming the results into evidence-based policy remains in order to achieve widespread impact. How can researchers effectively communicate results to policymakers?
This half-day event will convene East African researchers, US researchers, and East African policy influencers to discuss the policy lessons emerging from this body of rigorous research, and how to translate them into action. It will feature research presentations from the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), case studies from AGRA policy fellows, and facilitate cross-learning opportunities for participants about challenges and best practices for research dissemination.
This workshop has three primary objectives:
ATAI is a collaboration between CEGA, J-PAL, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and DFID.
8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:40 Welcome Remarks David S. Ameyaw, AGRA Director of Strategy Monitoring & Evaluation
8:40-8:50 Opening Remarks Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA
8:50-9:00 Introduction to ATAI Ellie Turner, Program Manager of ATAI, CEGA
9:00-9:30 Short-Term Storage Loans & Price Arbitrage Ted Miguel, Faculty Director, CEGA
9:30-10:00 Barriers to Fertilizer Use Jon Robinson, UC Santa Cruz
10:00-10:30 Collateralized Lending for Rainwater Harvesting Tanks Joost de Laat, World Bank
10:30-10:45 Tea Break
10:45-12:00 AGRA Case Studies: Translating Research into Policy
Seed and Fertilizer Policy in Ghana, Daniel Boateng-Ohemeg
Seed and Agriculture Subsidies in Tanzania, Gungu M. Mibavu
Micro Reform for African Agribusiness Burkina Faso
12:00-12:35 Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Research
David Ameyaw, AGRA
Colin Christiensen, One Acre Fund
Gungu M. Mibavu, AGRA Tanzania
Karwithia Mutunga, KENFAP
Michael Kremer, Harvard University
12:35-12:45 Closing Remarks
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