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Implementing a methodology for estimating post-harvest losses in Malawi

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Implementing a methodology for estimating post-harvest losses in Malawi

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Implementing a methodology for estimating post-harvest losses in Malawi

  1. 1. AFRICAN COMMISSION ON AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS Twenty-Fifth Session Entebbe, Uganda, 13 – 17 November 2017 Dominic Nkhoma, PhD Chief Economist Department of Planning Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Malawi IMPLEMENTING A METHODOLOGY FOR ESTIMATING POST-HARVEST LOSSES IN MALAWI TECHNICAL SESSION 1
  2. 2. CONTENTS  Introduction  Objectives of the TA  Activities under the Project  Nature of Technical Assistance  Financing of the Project  Progress todate  Next activities  Impact  Sustainability 2
  3. 3.  Project being implemented through the Accelerated Technical Assistance Plan for Africa  Project under the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics programme  Global Strategy Specific objectives:aims to improve the capacity of African countries in compiling and disseminating agricultural and rural statistics  In Malawi, project being implemented based on a Letter of Agreement, a contract between FAO and MoAIWD  The Project runs for one year from May 2017 to May 2018  At Country level, being coordinated by the Department of Planning Introduction
  4. 4. Project Description  The Objective of the Project is to “contribute to improve the coverage and quality of statistics on Post-Harvest Losses in Malawi”  The project has two outputs: 1. Revised questionnaires and survey strategy to compile Post-Harvest Losses (PHL) statistics 2. Production of a set of Post-Harvest Losses indicators 4
  5. 5. Project Description  Under the project, the following activities will be undertaken 1. Revise and validate proposed questionnaires for the complementary, declarative and detailed modules on PHL 2. Validate the sample strategy for PHL and draw the sample 3. Organize and undertake a field test of a survey with the declarative module of PHL and the complementary modules 4. Undertake a full test of a data compilation tool developed by FAO and make recommendations for its improvement 5. Produce a dataset with PHL indicators based on the data collected for the field test 5
  6. 6. Financing of the Activities  Total maximum budget of USD 24,660 to finance Data collection activities (field-tests) Data analysis and processing Reporting Organization of workshops and meetings  Government contribution in terms of salaries for staff  FAO with funding from the Nowegian Embassy will fund PHL assessment activities beyond 2018
  7. 7. Nature of Technical Assistance  FAO providing Technical Support through Global Strategy fro Improving Rural and Agriculture Research  Technical Assistance in form of two international consultants  At national a taskforce comprising stakeholders in Post- Harvest Losses are trained in the methodology are responsible for day to day management of project activities at country level  Stakeholders include: Planning Department, Department of Agriculture Research Services, Department of Crops, FAO-Malawi, NSO, and LUANAR  So far two missions 1) a needs assessment, and 2) Training and validation of data collection tools 7
  8. 8. Progress to-date A Post-Harvest Loss Technical Team has been constituted Letter of Agreement has been signed between Global Strategy and MoAIWD First tranche of resources (US$7,000) to cover for preparatory activities already transferred to MoAIWD Conducted training on data collection tools Have finalized sampling Currently developing an Enumerators Manual 8
  9. 9. Next Activities  Output 1: Revised Questionnaire and Survey Strategy ◦ Training of Supervisors and Enumerators in January 2018 ◦ Data Collection from February 2018 to April 2018 ◦ Dataset with farm level information by March 2018  Output 2: Production of a set of PHL indicators ◦ Activity: Full test of the data completion tool  Training of stakeholders in January 2018  Testing of the tool in February 2018  Report for Improvements by April 2018 ◦ Activity  Compilation of indicators between March and April 2018  Dataset with indicators by 30th April 2018  Report on the Indicators by 30th April 2018 9
  10. 10. Impact of the Project  Increased capacity of MoAIWD, NSO, Other stakeholders in conducting PHL assessments  Increased precision of the estimated Food Balance Sheets as method takes into account losses from harvesting to storage  Improved coverage of crops: methodology also extended to rice. With the new M&E system, methodology will cover pulses and other crops 10
  11. 11. Sustainability  Capacity of staff in Government and key stakeholders being developed  A process for establishing an electronic data collection system underway and critical financial resources secured – This will ensure the PHL surveys are sustained without special financial support  Collaboration with the Centre for Agriculture Research and Development will strengthen data analysis and dissemination 11
  12. 12. THANK YOU 12

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