Randomised Control Trial Impact Evaluation of Kickstart Irrigation Pumps with Smallholder Farmers in Kenya
Last registered on July 13, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Randomised Control Trial Impact Evaluation of Kickstart Irrigation Pumps with Smallholder Farmers in Kenya
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002313
Initial registration date
July 09, 2017
Last updated
July 13, 2017 4:36 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Toronto
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics & Gates Foundation
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2015-06-01
End date
2017-10-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of small-scale Kickstart irrigation pumps for low-income farmers. In 2015, Kickstart distributed 500 irrigation pumps to randomly selected poor rural households in Western Kenya, where an effort was made to specifically give the pump to female household members. The analysis described in this document focuses on the Intent to Treat (ITT) estimates, comparing those who received pumps to those who did not, with Treatment on the Treated (TOT) effects comparing those who actually used pumps vs. non-recipients are evaluated as a secondary outcome. The present document outlines the outcome variables and econometric methods we will use to assess the effect of the technology on agricultural income, time use, and investments in inputs along with measures of household consumption, food security, assests, income and enterprise activity, as well as domestic violence and the psychological well-being and empowerment of female household members.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Dyer, Julian and Jeremy Shapiro. 2017. "Randomised Control Trial Impact Evaluation of Kickstart Irrigation Pumps with Smallholder Farmers in Kenya." AEA RCT Registry. July 13. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2313/history/19412
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of small-scale Kickstart irrigation pumps for low-income farmers. In 2015, Kickstart distributed 500 irrigation pumps to randomly selected poor rural households in Western Kenya, where an effort was made to specifically give the pump to female household members.

We survey participants in an endline survey after at least two agricultural seasons, and test whether the irrigation pumps improved income, asset holdings, food security, agricultural income, psychological health, female empowerment and domestic violence, and consumption.
Intervention Start Date
2015-06-01
Intervention End Date
2017-07-10
Outcomes
Outcomes (end points)
Agricultural Income, Value of Assets Owned, Time Spent in Agriculture, Investment in Agricultural Inputs, Consumption, Psychological Health, Domestic Violence & Female Empowerment
Outcomes (explanation)
See pre-analysis plan for detailed construction.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We conduct a randomized controlled
trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of small-scale Kickstart irrigation
pumps for low-income farmers. In 2015, Kickstart distributed 500 irrigation
pumps to randomly selected poor rural households in Western Kenya, where
an effort was made to specifically give the pump to female household members.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Public Lottery
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1000 Farmers
Sample size: planned number of observations
1000 Farmers
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
500 Treatment, 500 Control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Kenya Medical Research Institute - Scientific and Ethics Review Unit
IRB Approval Date
2017-06-21
IRB Approval Number
Submission 564