Harnessing ICT to Increase Agricultural Production: Evidence From Kenya

Working Paper
Published on 23 September 2019


Sending SMS messages with agricultural advice to smallholder farmers increased yields by 11.5% relative to a control group with no messages. These effects are concentrated among farmers who had no agronomy training and had little interaction with sugar cane company staff at baseline. A follow-up trial of the same intervention has, however, no significant impact on yields.


Lorenzo Casaburi

University of Zurich

Michael Kremer

University of Chicago

Sendhil Mullainathan

University of Chicago