GASIP Capacity Enhancement

Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) is a Government of Ghana Programme with funding from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). The programme has supported about 144,000 vulnerable smallholder farmers to increase their production, productivity, incomes and climate resilience.

MOFA is the designated state institution in charge of producing relevant, reliable, and timely agricultural statistics and information for the government. From 2019 to 2021, GASIP collaborated with the Ministry through the Statistics Research and Information Directorate (SRID), to introduce and train district agriculture departments in the use modern digital methods for agriculture sector data collection, management, and analysis. The introduction of Computer-Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI) in 2019 has improved on the pencil-and-paper (PAPI) interviewing method. The new system has come with enormous advantages because of it facilitates for logic-checks, skip patterns, and validations. Benefits that have resulted include cost savings, saving time and efforts on data cleaning and entry, improving efficiency and timely delivery of results, and higher quality data.

GASIP working together with the SRID developed a Web-Based Portal for routine surveys and data collection using ESRI ArcGIS technology, a family of client software, server software, and online geographic information system (GIS) services capable of mapping & spatial analytics. During the 2020 and 2021 cropping seasons, 26 District Departments of Agriculture used ArcGIS Survey123 (a complete, form-centric solution for creating smart surveys & forms); and ArcGIS Field Maps (an all-in-one field app for mobile data collection, map viewing & real-time location tracking from mobile devices) to conduct surveys and crop yield studies for GASIP beneficiaries.