I-PLAN, M&E prepares for value chain assessment in MIMAROPA
CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) from its national to cluster and regional teams are gearing up for its upcoming value chain assessment of different commodities in the MIMAROPA Region.
Last August, the PRDP Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, in collaboration with the I-PLAN Component and other units from the I-SUPPORT Component, conducted a pre-testing of questionnaires to gather secondary data for the assessment of the value chain of the calamansi commodity in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
The value chain analysis (VCA) is a scientific tool developed by the PRDP to help and guide the local government units in constructing commodity investment plans for their top agricultural commodities.
In the course of the process, each province or city is given the ability to strategically convert plans and schemes indicated in the VCA to interventions and programs that are appropriate for them.
These interventions, through PRDP, will help address the main issues and constraints that farmers and fisherfolk experience along with the value chain segments of particular agricultural commodities.
For PRDP, the pre-testing of the survey materials before the actual assessment is necessary to enable its technical team to properly craft questions that will encompass all information and data that are needed from the farmers and traders who are its main respondents.
The assessment will also update the information in the VCA such as interventions that were previously listed but are already addressed or interventions that are not yet addressed but need to be changed.
This will enable local government units to implement appropriate interventions that will maximize the productivity of its farmers and not just temporary programs that are not strategic and sustainable.
The purpose of investment plans, generally, is to determine priority interventions that will help local farmers and fisherfolk in not just increasing their income but also improving their socio-economic condition. ### (Leira Vic Colongon, DA-PRDP MIMAROPA RPCO InfoACE Unit)