Action research to benefit farmers


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) together with Department of Agriculture (DOA), Nepal, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab South Asia (J-PAL SA), and Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), has initiated a collaborative action research on agricultural extension services. The research uses the Randomized Control Trial (RCT) methodology that is seen as the ‘gold standard’ for impact evaluation. 

While J-PAL SA will support the development of the methodology, NDRI will support in monitoring aspects. Meanwhile, the collaboration with DOA kicked off with a formal training for agricultural extension workers from 10 selected mid-hill districts of Nepal from 16 to 27 February 2014. 

The research aims to evaluate and identify a cost effective and appropriate extension service modality that will assist DOA in disseminating knowledge on agriculture and supporting the adoption of innovative agricultural technologies to further improve the quality of agricultural extension services benefiting the rural mountain communities. 

The research aims to examine the adoption of intercropping with maize and evaluate different extension approaches in 120 randomly selected wards of 10 mid-hill districts from Bhojpur to Baitadi. The collaborative action research is being carried out under ICIMOD’s Initiative ‘Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas’ funded by the European Union