BENEFIT-REALISE national baseline survey report published
BENEFIT-REALISE published its national baseline survey report conducted in 18 selected implementing woredas in four regions namely Amhara, SNNPR, Oromia and Tigray. The household survey was conducted in November and December 2018. A total of 1902 (1283 PSNP and 619 non-PSNP) households were surveyed. This baseline survey is part of a coordinated effort between REALISE and Wageningen University to collect and generate information on socio-economic conditions, agricultural production, diet diversity, asset holding and the state of gender-based division of labour at households’ level in the project areas.
The baseline survey aimed
- To assess the current level of agricultural livelihoods and food security of PSNP households with potential to be targeted by REALISE project,
- To monitor programme progress in the course of implementation
- To establish indicators that would be used to evaluate the impact of the programme
Data on household and demographic characteristics, available best practices, crop diversity, productivity, agricultural extension services, food security and gender were collected and analyzed. The report provides preliminary results on six priority topics: practice, seed, production methods, food security, extension, and gender.
This baseline report is serving as a working document along a PRA study to identify programme focus areas and also will be used to track changes that will be made due to the programme interventions. The report highlights the following areas:
- Make best fit technologies available to PSNP households to improve their production and productivity;
- Ensure availability and access of seed to PSNP farmers in the right quality, quantity and diversity through strengthening the seed producers’ cooperatives and seed enterprises;
- Test, demonstrate and pre-scale agricultural practices using participatory approaches;
- Pilot new approaches and practices to ensure social inclusion of the marginalized group of community (women, youth and the economically poor);
- Bridge the capacity gaps of extension agents, subject matter specialist and researchers for better synergy and result oriented implementation of research and extension mandates;
- Enable better understanding of systemic bottlenecks of agricultural sector; and
- Deepen the institutionalization of evidences and proven approaches for wider application and policy revision.