Learning about Farming: Innovation and Social Networks in a Resettled Community in Brazil

Partner: Université Paris-Sud, Paris School of Economics, University of Bern

Start/End date: 2019 – 2020

LdA Researchers: Mariapia Mendola, Margherita Comola, Carla Inguaggiato

Goals: In this project, we study the role of social learning in the diffusion of cash crops in a resettled village economy in Northeast of Brazil. We combine geo-localized data on farming plots with dyadic first-hand data on social ties among settlers, and we leverage natural exogenous variation in the network formation induced by the land occupation movement and agrarian reform. By using longitudinal data on farming decisions over 16 years we find consistent evidence of learning through network lines in the adoption decision of new cash fruits (soursop, pineapple and passion fruit). Our results point to the innovative element of Brazilian agrarian reform, which does not only provide access to land but especially the mobilization of people with different background from different parts of the country and the links among them.


UNU-WIDER, Seminar, December 2019

NEUDC Conference on Development Economics, Northwestern University, November 2019.

Knowledge Heterogeneity: Experimental Evidence on Information Barriers to Agricultural Technology Adoption in Uganda

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Funding Institution: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Partner: IFAD (Rome), University of Makerere (Uganda), ILRI (Kenya), Oklahoma State University (US), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of Uganda.

Start/End date: March 2015 – currently ongoing

LdA Researchers: Mariapia Mendola (Principal Investigator), Harounan Kazianga (Co-PI), Franklin Simtowe (Co-PI), William Ekere (local partner), Jacopo Bonan and Alessio Romarri

Goals: The project’s aim is to shed light, through rigorous evidence, on the nature and magnitude of the frictions that slow down agricultural technology adoption in low-income contexts. For this purpose, the project is evaluating the impact of a large-scale IFAD-supported agricultural development project by employing an experimental design, which encompasses the randomization of the extension services provision across rural geographical districts in Eastern and Northern Uganda. 


3ie-IFAD Workshop: “Learning from 3ie’s Agricultural Innovation Evidence Programme“, 13th – 14th February 2020, IFAD, Rome

Final Policy Workshop, 27th March 2019, Kampala

Workshop on Development Economics: “Challenges and Opportunities for Policy Making and Growth in Africa” jointly organized by the Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano and the Department of Economics of the University of Milano Bicocca, 21st March 2019, University of Milano Bicocca

“Designing and implementing high-quality, policy-relevant impact evaluations: Learning from evaluating cash transfer and agricultural innovation programmes” organised by IFAD, 30th May – 1st June 2016, IFAD, Rome

Subjective Expectations, Labour Market Choices and Migration among University Students in Mozambique

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Funding InstitutionInternational Growth Centre (IGC)

Partner: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Eduardo MondlaneUniversity (Maputo)

Start/End date: September 2016 – March 2018

LdA Researchers: Mariapia Mendola (Principal Investigator), Luigi Minale (Co-PI), Ines Raimundo (Co-I, local partner), Alessio Romarri

GoalsThis project aims at investigating the role of subjective expectations about employment and earnings in influencing occupational and migration choices of university students in Mozambique. To do so, the project includes an original and detailed survey data collection in two major universities in Mozambique, namely the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and the Universidade Politecnica, both in Maputo. The final objective of this research is to shed new light on the determinants of the skill-mismatch in the youth labour market in Mozambique (similarly to other African countries) and the decision of many high-skilled young people to migrate abroad.

Towards a Sustainable Migration: Interventions in the Countries of Origin

Funding Institution: Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Rome)

Partners: ICID-University of Tor Vergata (Rome), Coordinator

Start/End date: 2016-2017

LdA Researchers: Mariapia Mendola, Alessio Romarri

Goal: The Report, prepared by a team led by Furio C. Rosati (ICID), has been developed within the framework of the Migration Compact, the document of the Government of Italy that calls for systematic and scaled-up efforts in the management of international migration flows, in close partnership with countries of origin. The Report presents and discusses an array of policies that can be implemented in the countries of origin to help turn the challenge of migration into an opportunity for source and destination countries alike.


TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE MIGRATION. Interventions in countries of origin, by Furio C. Rosati, Mariapia Mendola, Anita Guelfi and Amedeo Parrella, The Italian Centre for International Development and Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, January 2017


MIGRATION AS A DRIVER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Cooperation policies and strategies between origin and destination countries, 13th March 2017, Palazzo Greppi – Sala Napoleonica, University of Milan

L’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo: tra continuità e nuove strategie, 5th April 2016, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”

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