A fair number of governments in developing countries support agricultural subsidy programs. One of the arguments for these subsidies is that there is some kind of market failure (information is often cited) that the subsidy is meant to overcome. So, that means when the subsidy is removed (which is the politically hard part), we should see adoption sustained. There isn’t much clear evidence on this, but two recent papers provide some insight.
After seeing PowerPoint slides of the preliminary findings over the course of more than a year, it’s nice to be able to report that the six-country study that is evaluating the “ultra-poor graduation” approach (originally associated with BRAC) is finally out.
Earlier this month in Doha at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, well known simply as BRAC, was chosen as the first winner of the WISE Prize for Education.