Farmer involvement in the monitoring of agricultural interventions

Does beneficiary farmer feedback improve project performance? An impact study of a participatory monitoring intervention in Mindanao, Philippines

Speaker: Edoardo Masset, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Date: 27 May, 17.30-19
Venue: Manson Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT UK

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Does farmer involvement in the monitoring of agricultural interventions improve the impact of those interventions? It is believed that participatory approaches to monitoring can empower project participants, increase accountability of service delivery and ultimately improve project performance.

This study investigates the impact of a participatory beneficiary feedback mechanism (ParFARM) on the performance of a farmers’ field school project in the Philippines. A participatory feed-back module was randomly allocated to farmer field schools and its impact was observed on a series of outcomes.

The study found that ParFARM increases farmers’ motivation and improves project performance as measured by farmers’ agricultural knowledge and farming practices. The intervention, however, does not increase agricultural yields. Unlike much of the impact literature focusing on the comparison of groups with and without the intervention, the authors analyse impact over the entire intensity of treatment. They find that the impact of ParFARM increases with the number of farmer field school sessions attended and that this impact would go unnoticed without this disaggregation.

Speaker profile:

Edoardo Masset is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He is an agricultural and development economist with over 10 year experience in the field of impact evaluation. Before joining IDS he was a consultant with the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank where he participated in the evaluation of several World Bank projects in the areas of education, nutrition, irrigation and poverty reduction. More recently he was involved in two randomised trials for the evaluation of school feeding programmes in West Africa and he is the principal investigator of the impact evaluation of the Northern Ghana Millennium Village Project.

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