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Farmer Group Development Strategy/Tool Needed

Farmer Group Development Strategy/Tool Needed

Posted by sieravercillo on 23 Jan 2014

Hi Everyone,

I am piloting a curriculum / tool in Sierra Leone meant to:

a) strengthen farmer groups and build their agribusiness capacity, and
b) build the capacity of agricultural extension agents in modernised advisory services

This pilot will be with 25 farmer groups and 15 extension staff. The majority of the farmer groups are women's groups.

I was wondering if anyone recommends a M&E strategy / tool / approach to monitor this tool / curriculum. I am looking for something that is rigorous, providing data that can then be communicated for further scale. Also a strategy that is flexible enough to capture intangible skills gained, such as confidence, leadership etc. Ideally an approach that could  point you in a direction for what would need to be reiterated for greater impact.

This pilot is working in a greater context of the goal towards food security.

If you could recommend any strategies, why you recommend them and provide links or resources that would be much appreciated.

All the best and thank you for your help!,
Siera Vercillo

M&E tools

Posted by leumeni on 23 Jan 2014

Dear Siera,

I hope this will finds you well. I can help you to develop an M&E tools. I develop some M&E tools for the USAID/Feed The Future project.

I can share some of those tools with you;

Looking forward to hearing from you.



some resources posted to the FSN Network

Posted by ktabaj on 24 Jan 2014

Hello Siera,

There are a few resources posted on this site that may be helpful as you develop and implement your work.

Check out page 23 of Reducing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services.

The World Bank has produced Gender Issues in Monitoring and Evaluation in Agriculture.

Here is a presentation on whether or not a cascade model used for nutrition activities can work for agriculture.

WFP's Purchase for Progress program may also have some great tools and examples. Please let me know if you would like me ask around to see if that is true.

Do you have any interest in measuring time and labor allocation?  I have some tools that I can share.  Just let me know.



Posted by sieravercillo on 11 Feb 2014

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for all of your help. The resources you recommended have been very useful in guiding this process. It is great to now feel assured that I am on the right track.

Patrice - do you think you could email me the tool? my email is


Patrice's Tool

Posted by Patrick Coonan on 11 Feb 2014

Siera, it looks like Patrice was able to share the tool out in our shared document repository for the African Monitoring and Evaluation group. You can access it here:


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