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posted on 22 Feb, 2016

Multi-Country baseline study for innovation centers in the agriculture and food sector (GIAE)

In a large-scale baseline study for the GIZ “Green Innovation Centers for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE)”, GFA Consulting Group is currently conducting over 5000 household interviews with commercially active smallholder farming enterprises in 10 (out of 13) GIAE countries. To ensure data quality, transparency, access and timely delivery, GFA is using a new mobile data collection method, using tablets, GPS-referencing and online data management and storage.


The GIAE special program under the global “One World, No Hunger” initiative aims to raise income and employment and improve food security by promoting agricultural innovation networks, knowledge building and dissemination for agricultural value chains. To capture the initial status of the global GIAE indicators in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia, information is required on the farming households’ current income situation, agricultural production, processing and marketing, employment and food security in addition to detailed socio-economic information. The objective of the five month baseline study, which started in late October 2015, is therefore to perform a farm analysis of the farming households in the target regions and provide baseline information about the gross margins of the targeted focus crops, productivity, production systems, access to land and financial services and regional food supply. Additional information about the relevance of the focus crops in each region and applied farming dynamics are provided through secondary data. Extensive focus group discussions with women, youth, and farmer groups reveal opportunities in rural areas, expectations towards emigration and the roles and decision making power of youth and women in agricultural households as well as the implementation of agricultural innovations and constraints faced.

The study is led by a strong GFA in-house team from the Africa and EMENA department. It is supported by academics from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Hohenheim who supported the development of the questionnaire and advised on the sampling methodology and data analysis. In each country, the study is implemented by a highly qualified international research expert, a national expert and a selected local research organization.

by  Elena Scheurlen