Should Foreign Aid Fund Agricultural Training? Evidence from Armenia

Working Paper 19
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Aug 30, 2013
Randall Blair, Kenneth Fortson, Joanne Lee, and Anu Rangarajan
This working paper used a randomized controlled trial to estimate the effectiveness of a U.S. government-funded farmer assistance program that trained more than 50,000 farmers throughout Armenia. Training did not increase household income or consumption, or affect mediating outcomes, such as adoption of agricultural practices or changes in cultivation of crops, suggesting that longer-term impacts are unlikely to materialize.

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