By Elizabeth Asiimwe
Hello, I was part of the team that conducted the PASIC policy and institutional studies. The data will provide detailed insights on policies, processes and institutional structures that influence crop production and productivity in the study areas. This will contribute to removal of policy-related constraints to crop intensification.
We collected the data between January -April, 2015 using surveys, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions; and secondary data.
At household level, 119 farmers were interviewed. Questions asked ranged from the challenges and opportunities for increasing yields, access to inputs, to roles and responsibilities of men and women regarding crop production.
For the in-depth interviews, 61 key informants were interviewed. These represented local government staff, politicians, development partners, private sector input dealers and processors, and farmer group leaders among others.
Questions that we asked key informants included changes in the farming system in the last five years, interventions to increase crop production in their areas, the land tenure system, access to farm inputs, power relations, policy formulation processes, and stakeholder involvement among others.
We also held 18 focus group discussions at the village level. These included 6 female only groups, 6 male only groups and 6 youth. In these groups, participatory maps were used to generate data.
To complement the primary data, we also collected secondary data. This included district development plans, production reports, and district council meeting minutes, among others. All in all, the data collection was successful despite the few challenges encountered such as delays in interview schedules. Stay tuned!