American University of Beirut

SEEDS: Long-term Impacts of a Complex Agricultural Intervention on Welfare, Behaviour and Stability in Syria
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    In this project, innovative quantitative methods are used to analyse impact magnitudes, pathways and interactions of different intervention components across multiple local contexts and on multiple outcomes. The researchers will study a DFID-funded programme implemented by FAO in Syria. The programme delivers two packages:

    1. ​an 'emergency' package, focusing on the provision of agricultural assets, such as seed and poultry kits; and​​​
    2. an 'early recovery' package, focusing on rehabilitating agricultural infrastructure (irrigation systems) and diversifying income-generating activities.

    The project has three overarching objectives:

    1. The empirical research objective is to improve our understanding of the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of complex agricultural interventions in protracted humanitarian crises.
    2. The methodological research objective is to adapt existing approaches and test novel approaches for conducting rigorous impact evaluations of complex interventions in these settings.
    3. The communication objective is to draw attention to and inform about the opportunities for impact evaluations of complex interventions in crisis settings and the lessons learnt from evidence of a specific complex intervention.​​

    Research Timeline: 2020-2023​



    ​​​​​​Research Team

    • Dr. Hala Ghattas, Assistant Research Professor and Interim director, CRPH, AUB
    • Zeina Jamaluddine
    • Hadi Jaafar, assistant professor of Irrigation Engineering and Water Management, FAFS, AUB
    • Valentina Calderon Mejia, development in MENA, UNESCWA, Beirut
    • Jacobus De Hoop, humanitarian emergency, UNICEF-Innocenti, Florence
    • Stefan Dercon, poverty and behaviour, University of Oxford
    • Patricia Justino, development and conflict, IDS, Brighton/UNU-WIDER, Helsinki
    • Suneetha Kadiyala, agriculture and nutrition, LSHTM, London

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