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Croplife International

Purpose

A beneficiary survey is needed to assess the overall impact of the project on the target population. It is designed to test people's (in this case farmers and 'farmer families') attitudes and practices towards the use of pesticides and pest control. It assesses what messages are retained by the target population, put into practice and their impact, i.e. it should be able to detect changes in farmer attitude and practices. It is important that the data collected can be analysed for this purpose i.e. 50% of farmers wear at least two pieces of protective equipment, 60% store pesticides in a lockable box, etc. etc. Typically, impact is assessed by comparing surveys prior to the training intervention (baseline survey) to surveys after the intervention (post-training survey). The results will demonstrate a change in knowledge and attitude of the target population. Backed up by observations of practices in the field, it can also indicate a change in behaviour.

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Methodology

An approach broadly based on RRA - Rapid Rural Appraisal techniques and PRA-Participatory Rural Appraisall will be used. A series of questions will be asked to farmer groups at village meetings and also to selected key farmers and individuals. This will be backed up through observations in the field. These cover basic information such as crops grown, size of land holding, ownership, etc. This is followed by questions on aspects of pest control, pesticide use and attitudes. These questions should be 'non-leading' questions in the first instance, i.e. What do you do to ensure your sprayer works properly? Who advises you on pest control? Have you or anyone you know been poisoned by pesticides, and how? Etc. Where necessary more specific follow-up questions can be employed e.g. if no mention of replacing nozzles is made after asking about sprayer maintenance, ask the question directly – how often do you replace sprayer nozzles?

The survey will be conducted in the form of an interview of individual and groups of farmers. Specific questions will also be asked of health professionals. Attached are a series of topics/questions we need answers to - these are intended as an 'aide memoir' to ensure all required aspects are covered and to allow somewhere to write specific information, but the order questions are asked, what further detail is pursued will depend on each individual interviewee. Notes should be taken on responses to all questions, as well as other comments made, these should be summarised and on the basis of these notes the interviewer should fill in a spreadsheet (this will be drafted once the questions are agreed).

It is suggested that 1000 farmers are surveyed targeted in each intervention area. The farmers should be a representative sample of the farmers in the area. This will normally include paddy, vegetable and cotton farmers. Health professionals at State, District, Mandul, Block and Village level should also be interviewed.

At the end of the project we will also be carrying out a PRA of target and non-target areas (most likely to include a transect in order to assess the 'spread' of the RU/SS messages from the intervention areas).

BIRDS-Croplife project-Adoni

Purpose

Crop Life International in association with BIRDS has designed A Baseline survey is needed to assess the overall impact of the project on the target population. It is designed to test people's attitudes and practices towards the “Responsible usage and secure storage of chemical pesticides”. It assesses what messages are retained by the target population, put into practice and their impact.

Methodology

An approach broadly based on RRA - Rapid Rural Appraisal techniques and series of questions will be asked to farmers at village level before and after the intervention of the project. This will be backed up through observations in the field. We conducted this survey with full assent of farmers not by force. We did Baseline, pre training and post training survey for individual farmer to measure the impact of the Project. It is decided that 1000 farmers were surveyed in each intervention area.

Project Activities

As a part of the monitoring and evaluation of the program being implemented by BIRDS, We started to work in Adoni Division ie,.in 5 mandals and covered 142 villages.

   

Year

Block

place

No. of Village

Year 1

Block 1

Adoni

43

 

Yemmiganur

15

Year 1

Block 2

Yemmiganur

15

Pedda kadabur

11

Year 1

Block 3

Gonegandla

10

Pedda kadabur

15

Year 1

Block 4

Nandavaram

23

 

 

Gonegandla

8

 

 

Mantrayalam

2

 

BIRDS has started this program in March 2010, the following activities has successfully done.
 

BLOCK-I
  • Baseline survey
  • Revalidation
  • Village Assessment
  • Health data(related to pesticide poisonings)
  • Post training survey
  • Farmer case studies (videos)
  • On field and household observations(videos)
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    BLOCK-II
  • Baseline survey
  • Pre training survey
  • Village Assessment Health data(related to pesticide poisonings)
  • Post training survey
  • Farmer case studies(videos)
  • On field and household observations (videos)
  •  

    BLOCK-III
  • Baseline survey
  • Pre training survey
  • Village Assessment Health data(related to pesticide poisonings)
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    BLOCK-IV
  • Baseline survey
  • Pre training survey
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