on the Implementation of the Farming System Survey
The project has adopted a farming system
approach to assess the scope for productivity increase in
agricultural production in the Nile countries. National
consultants have been recruited in all project countries
to implement a farming system survey. A regional workshop
is scheduled from 22-24 October in Entebbe, Uganda, to establish
a common understanding of the farming system approach, and
to align procedures for conducting the survey.
The survey aims to contribute to the information
base of the project by identifying linkages between the
agriculturalists’ production objectives, and the environment
in which the production systems is conducted. The environment
include social, economic, and bio-physical (plant, animal,
land, water, climatic) factors.
The survey evaluates constraints encountered
by producers, feasibility of mitigating the constraints
and the expected productivity to be gained as a result of
alleviating the constraints. It further evaluates the extent
to which the farmers’ livelihood objectives are currently
satisfied, or will be in the future.
The agriculture sub-sectors to be addressed
comprise of: crop, livestock, forestry, rangeland, aquaculture,
and fisheries. The prevalent sub-sectors may differ among
the riparian countries. Similarly farm systems will be segregated
with regards to mode of ownership (private, public), and
production objectives (subsistence or commercial).
team leaders of the national survey teams have been invited
to attend the workshop.