Assignment Name:

Research study on Application of Improved Technologies or Management Practices by AIRN Retailer-Supported Farmers

Name of Client:
Funded by:

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Duration of assignment (months):
Start date (month/year):
Completion date (month/year):

3 Months
1 August, 2015
31 October, 2015

Location within country:
Total No. of staff-months of the assignment:

Khulna & Barisal Division
3 months

Narrative description of Project:

The Agro-Inputs Project (AIP) is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a part of the US Government’s Feed the Future (FTF) Presidential Initiative, whose objective is to improve the supply of quality agricultural inputs through input retailers. AIP aims to increase the number of farmers who apply improved technologies or management practices. The purpose of the study was to monitor AIP’s achievement of this project objective. The study assessed progress according to smallholder farmer application of new technologies and management practices through a survey of client farmers. The study used a sample-based, quantitative approach, selecting farmers using an appropriate sampling formula to ensure findings were representative of the full population of agro-dealer client farmers.

Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

The consultant had to deliver the following:

  • Review the relevant project documents and database to develop the study methodology with sampling strategy and other instruments (questionnaire, checklist, template, etc.) in close consultation with AIP project staff
  • Share the survey tools and methods, including sampling strategy, to get approval from AIP before starting field work
  • Manage the survey and data management teams through organized orientation sessions and continued support and oversight throughout the entire duration of the study
  • Complete a survey of client farmers selected through the agreed and approved sampling strategy and survey methodology
  • Create a database of survey findings; review and ensure quality of data
  • Analyze data and dis-aggregate results (by sex, geographic coverage division, association with agro-input company etc.)
  • Present key findings to AIP staff and develop, write, revise and disseminate report.
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