AGRA BASELINE STUDY
Name: AGRA Baseline Study
Year: 2009-2010
Client: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Country: Malawi, Mozambique
Background: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a partnership of The Rockefeller Foundation and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor farmers in Africa. AGRA’s vision is of a food secure and prosperous Africa achieved through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers who produce the staple food crops of Africa. AGRA planned to conduct a baseline study in its 13 countries (Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique) of operation. The objectives were to be achieved through four programs namely Seeds program, Soil Health Program, Markets Access Program, Policy and Partnerships Program.
Objectives: The aim of the study was to provide an analysis describing the situation prior to AGRA’s intervention, against which progress would be assessed. This would enable AGRA evaluate the extent to which its objectives have been achieved. The baseline study therefore provided benchmark data against which attainments could be evaluated especially in respect to the set indicators while identifying the role other players in the sector.

Specific objectives included:

  • Design a comprehensive baseline study for AGRA and methodologies (giving special emphasis to the participation of the AGRA Management Team and Program staff);
  • Develop data collection techniques, formats and guidelines which will require significant participation of AGRA Management Team and Program staff;
  • Conduct the comprehensive base line study utilizing the tools and methods developed;
  • Compile, analyze and validate the data collected for the baseline study and produce an analytical report;
  • Design and develop an electronic database and appropriately store the study data in an easily accessible and interactive electronic format;
  • Develop a tool kit and guidelines manual on conducting baseline studies for future use by AGRA and its guarantees
Activities: The work included:

§  Developing data collection techniques, formats and guidelines;

§  Collecting data from 1040 households in Mozambique, 1000 households in Malawi, 150 agro-dealers in both countries, as well as all seed merchants, fertiliser importers and blenders. A total of100 enumerators and 10 supervisors were recruited for data collection in both countries.

§  Compiling, analysing and validating the data collected for the baseline study and producing an analytical report; and

§  Designing and developing an electronic database and appropriately storing the study data in an easily accessible and interactive electronic format.

Special Recognition:
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