Central Africa

IITA Kalambo moves from paper to electronic survey

A participant with farmer taking the GPS coordinate during the practical session.

A participant with farmer taking the GPS coordinate
during the practical session.

The socioeconomic unit of IITA-Kalambo, in collaboration with colleagues from Nairobi-Kenya, Uganda, and HQ-Ibadan, organized an 8-day training on 1-11 September on the use of e.survey tools (tablets) to conduct household surveys. The training was conducted in the context of the baseline study of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics and the key performance indicators of IITA on poverty and sustainable land use (SLU).

These tools will help save time and reduce errors in undertaking household surveys as well as shortening the time of reporting according to the organizers. Also through the training, IITA-Kalambo built capacity among NARS representatives and university students who attended the training.

“I appreciate this new technology; previously we used only printed paper with the associated risks of damage from rain, errors, problems, and waste of time,” Zalugurha Igega Thithy said.

Another participant, Sebba, a social economist and agronomist, said “I have been involved in several surveys but this training was very useful to me. It gave me more knowledge about conducting a better survey. Before this training, our knowledge was limited, ” said.

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