Wangdue: The baseline survey which was conducted in four targeted Dzongkhags of Dagana, Tsirang, Punakha and Wangdue in 2016 was formally launched by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary, JICA Chief Representative and Officer In-Charge (IHPP-JICA), Japan during the 2nd Joint Coordination Committee Meeting held at the Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC) Bajo on December 1.
The main aim of the baseline survey was to establish a starting point to assess the impact of the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project (IHPP) on the livelihood farming communities and Bhutanese stakeholders. It was also conducted to gain a deeper understanding of existing agriculture scenarios and to comprehend food security and vulnerability that will help identifying the root cause and patterns of innovation adoption in agriculture.
The findings of the survey and the perceptions of different stakeholders are reported in three sections (farmer’s, researchers’ and Dzongkhags and geog extension levels) providing invaluable insights about the farming situation in the Dzongkhags. As such, the report would be a useful reference for researchers, academicians and decision makers.
IHPP based at ARDC-Bajo was launched in February 2017. It is the technical cooperation project funded by JICA and RGoB. The project has deployed three long term experts who have been imparting training and skills to Bhutanese horticulture counterparts at the centre with respect to sourcing of crop germplasm, identifying and generation of suitable horticultural technologies for four Dzongkhags.
One of the key strategies of the IHPP-JICA is to study the ground realities, scenarios and the perceptions of the farmers towards the horticulture interventions. It is through understanding of these field situations that the appropriate farming interventions are assessed at the research field, adapted and adopted in the farmers’ field in more sustainable manner to uplift the livelihood of farming communities in achieving the national food security.
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