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The Effects of Training, Innovation and New Technology on African Smallholder Farmers’ Wealth and Food Security: A Systematic Review

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:00 to 18:30
LIDC Upper Meeting Room
Laurenz Langer

The presentation will explain the review process and highlight its main findings for policy and practice. It will further comment on the applicability of systematic review methodology in international development and investigate possible methodological adaptations. 

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Smallholder farming remains the foremost livelihood strategy for a majority of rural households in Africa. Interventions to improve rural livelihoods, consequently, target the improvement of farming practices and systems.

This presentation will engage with the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis that critically assessed the impact of training, innovation and new technology interventions on the financial wealth and food security of African smallholder farmers.

Based on an exhaustive search strategy and rigorous risk of bias assessment, the systematic review provides synthesised evidence of what works and what does not work in supporting smallholder farmers in Africa.

About the speaker:

Laurenz Langer is development economist with four years of experience in implementing development programmes in Southern Africa.

Laurenz's research focuses largely on systematic reviews (including meta-analysis and thematic synthesis) of the effectiveness of development programmes. He is a 2nd year PhD student at the UCL Institute of Education affiliated with the EPPI-Center

Other speakers

Sara Stevano, SOAS

This is part of the 3ie-LIDC seminar series