Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity And Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) Project

MARKET-ORIENTED AGRI-TECHNOLOGY and AGRI-EXTENSION SERVICES
 
Agri-extension is the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education and other communication and learning activities.  
  
The ARCCESS project shall provide the ARBOs capacity development on agri-technology and agri-extension taking  into account the needs and preferences of the market. It intends to see the improvements in farm yield as contributory to household consumption and to the achievement of marketable surplus. As such, the service providers of agri-technology and agri-extension services must adapt to the changes and increasing demands of the market.  
 
The scope of work of the professional service providers of market-oriented agri-technology and agri-extension is largely determined by the needs and opportunities identified by the ARBOs, as articulated in the sub-project proposal submitted by the DAR Provincial Office and validated by third party state university or college (SUC) that conducted the sub-project’s needs assessment and design assessment. 

The  performance  indicators of agri-technology and agri-extension services are as follows: 
 
 
Activities Indicators 
1.Conduct of  Trainings                                           No. of farmer technicians trained and adopted the plans and strategies                                                      
2.Farm production manuals (operational)  No. of farm production manuals developed and implemented by farmers
3. CSF implementation and management reports  No. of CSF management plans developed and implemented by farmers
4.CSF manuals  No. of CSF management manuals developed, implemented and adopted by farmers
5. Crop production technoguides    No. of  technoguides developed, implemented and adopted by farmers
6. Trainings on agritechnology conducted/ completed  No. of  trainings on types of agri technologies and extension completed and implemented
7.Training modules and manuals developed  No. of  training manuals and modules developed based on at least the 6 types of training implemented and adopted by farmers

 

Required Outputs from the Service Providers of Agri-Technology and Agri-Extension

1. Inception report that contains the service provider’s assessment of the needs of the ARBOs and the community, assessment of the design of the ARCCESS sub-project, and plan of action for achieving the target results of the sub-project.  This needs to be submitted two weeks after the signing of contract  and issuance of Notice to Proceed.

2. Quarterly project coordinator’s progress report which details the activities, outputs and other analyses in terms of agri-technology and agri-extension.  This needs to be submitted quarterly;

3. Training and coaching of farmer technicians (a minimum of 25 farmers per subproject) involves the transfer of knowledge and skills to selected ARBs who will form part of a pool of  trainors/coach. These farmer-technicians, in partnership with the CBEOs, should be able to continue the coaching and sustain the technology transfer activities within the ARBOs and community. Additional output shall be a training plan to be executed by the farmer-technicians.   

4. Farm production management plan that provides the proposed plan for the agricultural inputs and outputs of individual ARBs and the ARBO as a whole; the plan includes the production cost, land preparation cost, schedule of farm activities, and the required budget.  This needs to be submitted before the cropping season;

5. CSF management plan is a business plan for the CSF that will optimize its use, schedule its activities, etc. 

6. CSF Manual is an equipment manual that discusses how the CSF will be operated, optimally used, maintained, and repaired.  This should be prepared before the delivery of the CSF and must be included in the first quarterly report;

7. Techno guide is a knowledge product that will be developed during the course of the implementation of the service, which contains lessons learned, specific procedures, and tips which the ARBOs and ARBs can use even after the service provider exited from the community.  This needs to be submitted along with the terminal report;  

8. Coaching / consultation session reports on specific technology issues which contain the detailed outputs of the specialized consultation and advisory sessions between the service provider’s technical experts and the ARBOs and ARBs.  This needs to be prepared after each session and included as annex of the quarterly progress reports;

9. Training design, training modules and manuals for specific technologies that provide the ARBOs and ARBs easy-to-grasp materials on agri-technology and agri-extension.  This needs to be prepared before the start of every training (which will occur every two months) and should be included as annex of the quarterly progress reports;

10. Training reports are the details of the trainings that were conducted including the activities, results, perceptions of participants, next steps and other plans  of action.  This needs to be prepared after every training (which will occur every two months) and should be included as annex of the quarterly progress reports;

11. Submission of terminal report within ­­­15 days after the end of the implementation, a draft full report should be submitted to the DAR.  The draft report will go through an internal and external review of a panel of experts.   

 

Agri-Technology and Agri-Extension Services Methodology

Professional service providers are required to follow key criteria in the agri-technology and agri-extension approach to be developed and introduced:

Provision of decision-support tools – The primary role of service providers is to provide capacity development to ARBOs and members so they could decide on issues like markets and source of supplies.  Service providers must not, under any circumstance, force or influence ARBOs to decide on agri-technology, source of supplies, and markets.

Action learning – Building the skills and competencies of the ARBOs, ARBs and other smallholders should be through experiential and field-based methods, guided by a structured yet flexible curriculum encompassing the production-marketing season.  This should include a formative assessment of the ARBO/s improved competence and skills. 

Participatory, joint process – The learning should engage the ARBOs and the ARBs and smallholders in interactive event with other market chain actors/stakeholders.

Outcome-oriented – The target result should be new/improved businesses by the end of the learning process.

Pro-active development of strategies - for agri-enterprise sustainability including phase-out plan for self-reliant businesses.

 

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