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Surname 1 Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Code Date The Effect of Farmer Training on Farming Revenues Introduction Agriculture serves as the backbone of the economies of many countries. It forms the basis of the world's food supply and a source of revenue. However, the sector faces numerous challenges that impede the desired performances. These barriers include inadequate sophisticated approaches and infrastructure for production and marketing, insufficient credit for meeting working capital requirements, and poor transportation infrastructures (Drysdale and Sean 8). Consequently, many agricultural projects have been developed to increase the productivity and refine competitiveness of owners, employees, and operators of small and medium-sized farms, thereby promoting increased revenues (Stewart et al. 9). Farmer training and development assistance is among the strategies of alleviating agricultural production constraints. Common farmer training programs for improving productivity, as well as revenues, involve building the capacity of farmers in management and entrepreneurial skills. They are expected to facilitate farmers' receipt of advisory services and information, demonstrations, and training (Al-Awlaqii, Ammar Mohamed, and Nasser 2). The objectives of such interventions include developing the skills and competencies of farmers of business while augmenting their knowledge (Howell 1136). Additionally, these programs aim at changing the attitudes of farmers towards farming (Alix-Garcia et al. 1); such that they perceive it as a business and producing for the market (Al-Awlaqi, Ammar, and Nasser 1). Following the considerable investment by the
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Surname 2 governments and international donors in the implementation of training programs, there is a need to assess the impact of this intervention on the main economic outcome, revenue generation. Research Hypothesis : Null hypothesis: Farmer training does not influence farming revenues. Alternative hypothesis: Farmer training influences farming revenues. Research Methodology The regression discontinuity design (RDD) would be utilized in the examination of the casual association between farmers training program and farm revenues per hectare. RDD is a quasi- experimental technique employed when random assignment to the control and treatment categories is absent (Al-Awlaqi, Ammar, and Nasser 5). Instead, with the RDD method, a cutoff score of an assignment variable facilitates the placement of participants to a treatment. In this
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