Vector Control, Saving Lives

Mosquito nets increase agricultural productivity in rural communities

Ploughing in Burkina Faso.
08 October 2015
Sarah Rees

Mosquito nets have saved millions of lives since they have been widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. And now a study in Zambia has shown that they also increase the local harvest.

The one year study of a farming community in Zambia demonstrated that a programme of subsidised net distribution yielded important economic benefits to rural communities due to preventative health investment.

When given access to free nets a typical harvest increased by 14.7%. 

Bednets — good for health and good for the harvest.


Health and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Zambia; Fink, G. and Masiye, F. Journal of Health Economics 42, 151-164, (2015).