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Final Report of the evaluation of the early impacts of the better cotton initiative on smallholder cotton producers in Kurnool district, India

Final Report of the evaluation of the early impacts of the better cotton initiative on smallholder cotton producers in Kurnool district, India

Kumar, Ravinder ORCID: 0000-0002-0157-1310, Nelson, Valerie ORCID: 0000-0003-1075-0238, Martin, Adrienne ORCID: 0000-0001-9305-7302, Narayanan, L., Reddy, Suresh B., Badal, D., Latheef, A. and Young, S. (2019) Final Report of the evaluation of the early impacts of the better cotton initiative on smallholder cotton producers in Kurnool district, India. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

This report presents the findings of a three-year study, funded by ISEAL, of the early impacts of the Better Cotton Initiative on smallholder cotton producers in Kurnool District, Andhra
Pradesh, India. The project is being implemented by a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The study included a baseline assessment (July to September 2015), an interim monitoring
(August to November 2017) and a final evaluation (August to November 2018). The study methodology employed theory-based evaluation and a Randomized Control Trial approach. The study findings show that impacts are yet to be felt as a result of the BCI project, but this does not mean that with more time and a fuller implementation of the theory of change that such effects could not be achieved. At outcome level, economic benefits are
being achieved, although of limited magnitude so far. Social outcomes are very limited, but implementation has only recently got underway. On environmental variables, pesticide use has been reduced, but the optimised use of fertiliser has not improved.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Impact evaluation, sustainability standard, better cotton, randomised control trial, economic impact, environmental impact, social impact
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2021 14:54
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27717

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