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Rapid assessment methods for small farm storage surveys

Rapid assessment methods for small farm storage surveys

Compton, Julia A.F., Ofosu, Anthony, Magrath, Priscilla A., Motte, Felix F., Acquaye, Kenneth, Addo, Samuel and Boxall, Robin A. (1998) Rapid assessment methods for small farm storage surveys. In: Post-Harvest Technology and Commodity Marketing: Proceedings of a Postharvest Conference - 2[9] Nov to 1 Dec 1995, Accra, Ghana. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 187-198. ISBN 978-131-111-8

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Abstract

Farm surveys are often the first step taken in identifying storage problems. As time and money for such work are generally scarce, it is important to be able to make the best use of them to get the information needed. This paper describes some of the specific techniques and experience developed by the Ghana MoFA/UK ODA Larger Grain Borer Project for rapid storage surveys on small-scale farms.
It is argued that the following factors can critically contribute to producing more timely and relevant results:
• formulation of specific survey objectives which
focus on gathering data needed for decision-making.
• use of a range of techniques to meet these objectives, including secondary data and key informants, informal surveys, case studies and participatory meetings.
• avoidance of unwitting sampling bias, using rapid techniques such as transect village walks to select farmers, along with careful timing of field visits.
• methods of sample analysis which can be used in the field, rather than the lab.
Field analysis has many benefits including cost, speed, potential for increased sampling, and most importantly the greater participation of farmers and field staff in the analysis and interpretation of results.
• use of rapid and flexible techniques of analysis and presentation, in particular
mapping.

Practical examples of each of these are given.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Post-Harvest Technology and Commodity Marketing: Proceedings of a Postharvest Conference - 2[9] Nov to 1 Dec 1995, Accra, Ghana
Additional Information: [1] Paper (full-text attached) presented at Postharvest Conference, held 2[9] Nov to 1 Dec 1995, Accra, Ghana. And subsequently published in the conference proceedings with slightly modified title (this GALA record is the for the final published paper in proceedings).
Uncontrolled Keywords: small farm, farm storage, storage survey, farm survey, postharvest, field analysis, mapping
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 14:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10761

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