Implementers are increasingly using digital technologies to deliver information, financial services, insurance, trading platforms, among other services. Often these services are bundled or integrated under the same program, which can be a timely and lower-cost way to reach a large number of farmers. It could also be an effective way to address the multiple constraints farmers face in these environments. Despite rapid development and growth of implementers in this space, the evidence base on which digitally-enabled services, their targeting mechanisms, and delivery models are effective at improving smallholder farmers’ welfare remains limited. There is even less evidence available on how to reach, benefit, and empower women through such services. DAISI aims to fill key gaps in the evidence base, working with commercial providers, private sector technology and fintech companies, telecommunications firms, governments, NGOs, and others to evaluate the impact of their services. DAISI will also host a Regional Scholars program, offering dedicated funding and capacity-building opportunities for researchers who have completed a PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, or a related empirical discipline, and currently hold an academic or research position at a university based in a South Asian or African country.
DAISI is a collaboration between J-PAL and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. DAISI funds our network of researchers to generate rigorous evidence through randomized evaluations on bundled services and/or digital tools that connect farmers to multiple services and reduce barriers for farmers to access services.
To achieve our goals, DAISI:
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