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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture No. 1/14


The Effects of Integrated Pest Management Techniques Farmer Field Schools on Groundnut Productivity:
Evidence from Ghana

Eric Carlberg and Genti Kostandini
University of Georgia, Griffin, GA, USA

Awere Dankyi
Crops Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana


Abstract

This study examines the impact of Integrated Pest Management-Farmer Field School (IPM-FFS) programs on groundnut productivity in Ghana. The program is conducted in the groundnut growing regions of Ghana with the goal to improve groundnut agriculture through the dissemination of information and technology to the producers. We use household data collected in 2011 from multiple villages with and without FFS sites. Treatment effects models are used to control for endogenous selection into FFS participation. The results suggest that farmers who participated in the IPM-FFS program have higher groundnut yields.

Keywords: Farmer Field School, Integrated Pest Management, groundnut, Ghana, treatment effects model

JEL: O13, Q16

Vol. 53 (2014), No. 1: 73-88