Impact Assessment

An impact evaluation of the MIDA FBO training, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, 2012

    The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) embarked on an impact evaluation of the Farmer Based Organisations (FBOs) training and starter pack component of the MCA Ghana programme which was signed between the Government of Ghana through the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States in 2006 worth $547.

    The FBO training sessions that were undertaken by MiDA lasted for 27 contact days of three days in a week. Farmers were introduced to three thematic modules during the training; the Business Capacity Building Module, The Technical Training Module and the Sales Maximization Module. Every farmer who was trained received a starter pack to pilot the knowledge and skills acquired during the training. The content of the starter pack included; fertilizer, seeds for an acre, protective clothing and some cash amount for land preparation, all valued at US$230.

    Methods for info gathering
    The evaluation was based on a randomised phase-in approach where farmers were put into early treatment and late treatment categories to enable for the estimation of programme impact. The surveys were conducted over a three (3) year period during the lifespan of the Compact, starting November 2008 through to January 2011. Approximately 1200 FBOs were ex ante designed to be interviewed as part of this evaluation. Under the evaluation design each farmer was to be interviewed twice – in rounds one (baseline) and two (follow-up).

    Summary of results
    There is no evidence of impact of intervention on crop yields and crop incomes. The intervention led to an increase in the use of improved seeds and fertilizers by farmers, but that was mainly driven by the starter pack. Training increases farmers’ use of more formal sources for loans.