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Land Tenure and Agricultural Investment
Last registered on August 02, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Land Tenure and Agricultural Investment
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0002315
Initial registration date
July 31, 2017
Last updated
August 02, 2017 11:21 AM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
U.C. Santa Cruz
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Yale
PI Affiliation
The Cloudburst Group
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2014-06-12
End date
2017-08-25
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The primary objective is to determine whether strengthening a farmer's perceptions of the security of land tenure makes her more likely to make short-term and long-term investments in her land. The overarching policy question of interest is: “How do changes in property rights that strengthen a farmer’s perception of long term security over farmland affect a farmer’s decision to make investments---in particular, a long-term investment like agroforestry---on their own farms?” The evaluation breaks this into two key research questions for hypothesis testing. First, does the intervention strengthen farmer's perception of tenure security? And assuming it does, does it make the farmer more willing to make investments?

External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Huntington, Heather, Daniel Mattingly and Ajay Shenoy. 2017. "Land Tenure and Agricultural Investment." AEA RCT Registry. August 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.2315-1.0.
Former Citation
Huntington, Heather et al. 2017. "Land Tenure and Agricultural Investment." AEA RCT Registry. August 02. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/2315/history/20072.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Land Tenure Treatment: Activities under the land tenure intervention consisted of establishing Village Land Committees (VLCs), conducting participatory mapping, and facilitating the issuance of customary land certificates.

Agroforestry: Activities under the agroforestry intervention consisted of establishing Farmer Groups in treatment villages, establishing nurseries and distributing seedlings, and providing training and agricultural extension support services about agroforestry to farmer groups.
Intervention Start Date
2014-10-01
Intervention End Date
2016-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Primary: dummy for whether household fallows land; dummy for whether household engages in agroforestry
Secondary: Perceptions of land tenure security, agricultural yields, asset index
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The study uses a four-arm village-level RCT. The groups are: control, agroforestry extension, tenure-security strengthening activities, both. Villages were randomized into these four treatments across four chiefdoms: Mnukwa, Mkanda, Mshawa, and Maguya. A comparison of findings in agroforestry villages versus control and land tenure versus control provides the average program impact on each of these components. The comparison of the average outcomes in the group receiving both program components provides evidence about synergy between agricultural extension and land tenure security.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Village
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Control (69 villages), Agroforestry (69 villages), Land Tenure (69 villages), or Agroforestry + Land Tenure (69 villages).
Sample size: planned number of observations
At the time of the baseline survey: 3525 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
See Planned Number of Clusters
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
ERES Converge
IRB Approval Date
2014-06-10
IRB Approval Number
2014-Apr-010
IRB Name
ERES Converge
IRB Approval Date
2017-06-21
IRB Approval Number
2017-May-050
IRB Name
Clark University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2017-05-21
IRB Approval Number
2013-118
IRB Name
Clark University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2014-05-01
IRB Approval Number
2013-118
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS