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Agricultural Assessment - Pang'ono Pang'ono

Ella Graham
Ella Graham | Nov 29, 2017 | in Agriculture Assessment

Our team is passionate about working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. After spending just four days in Malawi, we can already see why food security is such an imperative target. Despite its enormous potential, Malawi continues to struggle to feed its people, and it continues to be one of the worlds poorest economies.

While the July teams objectives are credible, and we wish to continue working along similar lines, we believe that more empathising and market analysis needs to be conducted before practical work in the plot is implemented. To gain a more thorough understanding of the day-to-day struggles of Blantyre’s subsistence farmers we will initially be spending time interacting with Nancholi village. With efficiency and reliability in mind, we have decided to first collect qualitative data. The purpose of this is to create a broader picture in which to guide our assessment. This will entail conversational data collection in areas such as crop types, sourcing, yields, and utilization of land. After we have constructed this framework, we will be able to identify areas where quantitative data would be most strategically directed.

With 2/3 of our monthly goals consisting of data collection, our means and methods must be effective and well-practiced. Preparation before entering the field is essential, and our team has prepared for this with extensive research (making use of FarmEd data collection methods in Fiji), role playing, and real life challenges of data collection and interactions in the local market. Language barriers, and accurate recording of information will pose significant challenges to our research, however we are keen to see what positive impacts we can bring forward this month. 

Amber Johnston Jun 30, 2018

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