Travis Lybbert is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include economic development, poverty dynamics, risk and uncertainty, technology transfer and adoption, intellectual property, and the environment and biodiversity. He has published research in applied microeconomics on topics ranging from poverty dynamics, climate change, and childhood nutrition to technology adoption, intellectual property, and innovation policy. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Economics from Cornell University, where he also taught engineering economics in the Operations Research Department. Prior to joining UC Davis, Travis was an assistant professor of economics at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. As a collaborator with students and other researchers, he has lived and worked on projects in India and many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and Europe.
Promoting the use of a novel water-saving agricultural technology among Indian farmers
28 Apr 2015
The Met Department has forecasted a below-normal monsoon in India this year. This column analyses the demand for a water-saving agricultural technology — laser land levelling — among farmers in Uttar Pradesh. It also discusses how such information can feed into the design of a novel approach to combining public subsidies with private service provision to encourage the technology’s uptake among small-scale, resource-poor farmers.
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