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Increasing the adoption of conservation agriculture: A framed field experiment in Northern Ghana

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Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Climate / Weather / Environment
Land / Water / Resource Management
Type of Risk:
Weather & Climate related
Biological & environmental
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk reduction/mitigation
Kate Ambler; Alan de Brauw; Mike Murphy
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Conservation agriculture techniques can increase agricultural production while decreasing CO2 emissions, yet adoption in the developing world remains low—in part because many years of continuous adoption may be required to realize gains in production. We conduct a framed field experiment in northern Ghana to study how randomly assigned incentives and peer information may affect adoption. Incentives increase adoption, both while they are available and after withdrawal. There is no overall effect of peer information, but we do find evidence that information about long-term adoption increased adoption, particularly when that information shows that production gains have been achieved.