A survey on the cognitive impact of concern with the drought and the role of the Garantia-Safra (Harvest-Guaranteed) program

Objectives:

to understand the impact of the drought on the psychology of family farmers in the semi-arid region of Brazil to support the design of policies capable of meeting their needs, and to assess the impact of the Garantia-Safra Program.

Highlight:

the results were shared with Secretariat of Agrarian Development in the State of Ceará (SDA/CE), the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) and the World Bank, and will enable actions to redesign the insurance program in the years to come.

Parameters:

  • Registration: Face-to-face, with support material produced by MGov, by extension officers from The Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Worker Company (EMATERCE) based in local offices;
  • Audience:4000 family farmers, distributed in the 47 driest municipalities of the State of Ceará;
  • Phraseology:162 questions, repeated in four rounds between March and June, about the impact of the drought on production decisions, including tests of attention, memory and control of impulsiveness;
  • Incentives: Up to BRL10.00 per month of pre-paid cellphone credit for completing the calls to the end.

MGov solutions:

  • Voice Response Unit calls;
  • Adapting cognitive tests to cellphones;
  • Weather information and average prices sent by SMS.

Main results:

  • Impact: Concern with the drought undermines the producer's attention, memory and control of impulsiveness;
  • Garantia-Safra: Insurance does not alleviate worry or its cognitive impact;
  • The results were shared with SDA/CE, MDA and the World Bank, and will enable actions to redesign the insurance program in the next two years.
 
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