A series of SRA’s have shown that MAD is a proven tool to improve the efficiency, consistency and value of data collection and project monitoring of ACIAR projects. Research now needs to address the requirements to develop in-country standalone capacity. PNG is a country of high priority for digital data collection applications (apps) given the significant infrastructural and labour challenges faced by project partners there. However, in-country institutional capacity needs to be built to allow for long-term support for research for development projects. The MAD 4 TADEP SRA represents the final chapter in this series. Utilising the DFAT funded ‘Transformative Agriculture and Enterprise Development Program’ (TADEP) the expertise of AgImpact and the staff and facility of the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) has provided an opportunity to evaluate the support necessary to establish sustainable in-country capacity for MAD within PNG.
Building this capacity is considered to bring benefits to current and future NARI projects broadly, and to create a skilled resource pool of both app builders and enumerators that could be utilised in future ACIAR projects. Broadly this SRA will provide technical tailored support via in-country workshops and one-on-one training for the adoption of a common app (CommCare) by the five ACIAR projects that sit within the TADEP program:
ASEM/2014/095 Improving opportunities for economic development for women smallholders in rural Papua New Guinea (“Family teams”)
FST/2014/099 Enhancing private sector-led development of the Canarium industry in PNG(“Canarium”)
HORT/2014/094 Developing the Cocoa value chain in Bougainville (“Bougainville Cocoa”)
HORT/2014/096 Enterprise-driven transformation of family Cocoa production in East Sepik, Madang, New Ireland and Chimbu Provinces of Papua New Guinea (“PNG Cocoa”)
HORT/2014/097 Supporting commercial Sweetpotato production and marketing in the PNG highlands (“Sweetpotato”)