FAO provides THA with technology for agricultural data collection
The Tobago House of Assembly received tablets to facilitate data collection on agriculture in Tobago.
In a statement, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said five tablet computers had been donated to the Food Security, Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development Division. of the THA, as part of the project “Improving the system for monitoring the impacts of climate change on the agricultural sector in Trinidad and Tobago”.
FAO said the project is part of readiness activities to access resources from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to tackle climate change.
The FAO said the project, which started in January 2020 and ends in November 2022, focuses on collecting important baseline data and information that would be useful for future decision-making on food priorities. climate change in the agricultural sector and therefore provides a basis for the development of a concept note and a proposal for actions on climate change.
Therefore, FAO stated that timely and accurate data will be critical and sustainability of this initiative will be needed after the project.
FAO Representative (Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname) Reuben Robertson noted that effective planning requires valid data and that new digital tools are catalysts to strengthen the process.
“The main objectives of this preparedness project are:
- develop a framework for the collection and analysis of data on agricultural and associated activities – including hydrological and meteorological data
- strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders to use agricultural, hydrological and meteorological data to improve resilience
- to climate change, through the development of a database with mobile data collection capability.”
FAO said a soon-to-be-launched ArcGIS database enables the storage and analysis of climate and agricultural data.
FAO said the webpage will showcase available data to all stakeholders, including farmers and non-governmental organizations.
For field data collection, paper forms were converted to digital forms in KoBoToolbox. Using tablet forms, mobile data collection on farmers, crop/livestock production and prices can be done easily and uploaded to a database.
Additionally, as part of the project, two data collectors have been hired to assist with data collection over the next few months in Tobago. A two-day training session will be organized with agricultural agents, extension agents and data collectors to ensure knowledge transfer.
The Ministry of Planning and Development is the main implementer of the project and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) is the implementing partner (IP).
The main project partners are the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries; the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO); the Tobago House of Assembly (THA); the Water Resources Agency (WRA); the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) and the Central Statistical Office (CSO).