The value of information: Evidence from Burkina-Faso sesame producers

Sabrine Bair

April 16, 2021, 03:30–16:30


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Does market information enable African farmers to value their products better? To answer this question, we run an RCT in Burkina Faso, focusing on sesame producers: an important cash-crop production. We consider two types of treatment. The first provides information on prices estimated at the regional level, provides information on price trends, and gives selling advice. On average, we find that providing price information increases prices paid to farmers by 4%. However, impacts differ according to the type of information received. Gains are concentrated among those receiving price information only. These gains occur through a change in marketing behavior: sellers reduce their sales frequency, concentrating their sales during peak price periods.