What are the science-based tools and innovations that the Project utilizes?

Date Published: June 7, 2017

Vulnerability and Suitability Assessment (VSA)

This scientific tool developed by the DA-BSWM is used as a guide to determine the vulnerability and suitability of a particular area that could affect the production of a particular commodity. The VSA facilitates ranking of municipalities and identifies areas where particular commodities can be best grown or raised.


Expanded VSA (eVSA)

It is a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based tool that takes into account the combined analysis of vulnerability and suitability as well as socio-economic conditions of a particular area. The information is used to enhance the GIS-based targeting of interventions and to formulate strategies that enhance climate resilience of production and investments.

In the PRDP, the tool is essential for Value Chain Analysis (VCA), an approach in determining whether priority agricultural commodities are within the value chain that is viable for investment.



A spatial mapping technique used to represent geographic data (i.e., agricultural patterns, crop production and land suitability) into an online interactive visual map that aids in targeting and prioritizing development interventions.



This tool is developed under the Mindanao Rural Development Program Phase 2 (MRDP2) in 2011 as an innovative and cost-efficient information and communications technology application that associates digital resources such as photos and videos with geographic and location information at high-degree precision.

It is Google Earth-based tool, facilitating easy and accurate locating of infrastructure, livelihood and agri-fishery facilities on a map, enabling virtual monitoring and supervision of subproject implementation. Compilations of these geotagged sequences create a web-based mapping system that depicts the overall development impact of agricultural interventions.



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