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Risk aversion among smallholder farmers in Uganda

Resource type: Brief

Published: 2016

Author: Steve Wiggins

In this Research in Context brief, agriculture theme lead Steve Wiggins gives context for and provides analysis of DEGRP-funded project A Behavioural Economic Analysis of Agricultural Investment Decisions in Uganda’.

Starting in 2012 and wrapping up in 2015, the project – led by Dr Arjan Verschoor and Dr Ben D’Exelle from University of East Anglia – investigated how smallholder farmers in Eastern Uganda perceived financial risks, and whether this influenced decisions to invest in productivity-boosting technologies such as fertiliser, seeds and irrigation.

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