Second Annual Outcome Survey for MAGIP underway

ParticipantsFebruary 25-27, Samdrup jongkhar: The second annual outcome survey (AOS) for the Market Access and Growth Intensification (MAGIP) is planned from 28 February-22 March 2015. To prepare for the survey, 12 extension officers from the six eastern Dzongkhags (Lhuentse, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang and Trashiyangtse) are undergoing training on the use of hand device (Nexus Tablet 7).

The AOS training and survey is supported by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The resource persons from IFPRI are in the country to support the project.

First day of the training saw Dr. Devesh Roy, Mr. Vinay Kumar Sonkar and Mr. Amir Gouskhan Pathan, resource persons from IFPRI, brief the enumerators on objectives and methodologies of AOS and on the use of hand held devices. The objectives of the AOS are to measure changes at the household level in terms of livelihoods and food security during the project period, assess target efficiency, provide evidences for the success or failure of project and provide timely performance information necessary to undertake corrective actions.

The enumerators, as part of the training, will be pre-testing the questionnaires in Rekhay, Deothang on February 26 prior to the actual survey in Pemagatshel, Samdrupjongkhar and Trashiyangtse. The survey will cover 200 households each in randomly selected project and non-project areas. The survey is expected to take about three weeks and targeted to be completed by third week of March 2015. This is the second survey for IFAD funded project using an electronic gadget that reduces paper and printing cost vis-à-vis reducing time spent for the actual survey thereby improving data collection efficiency. Post survey, data analysis and report writing will be done collaboratively with IFPRI.

The project coordination unit is coordinating and facilitating the conduct of AOS training, pre-testing of questionnaires and survey. The project is represented by the Project Director and Officiating Marketing Officer from the Regional Marketing and Cooperatives Office, Mongar.

Submitted by Sangay Wangdi, Project Director, MAGIP in Samdrupjongkhar

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