Chemonics International Inc. / USAID Pakistan Firms Project


Region: South Asia

Country: Pakistan

Value: USD 15K

Start Date: 2013-04-22

End Date: 2013-08-31


Team Members

(Assignment Manager)
Dr. L.A. Hijazi
(Agriculture/Horticulture Expert)
Hammad Rehman
(Assignment Coordinator)
Dr. Nasir Nadeem
(Team Leader)
Munir Ahmad
(Survey Expert/Field Manager)

Project Description

The objective of the USAID Firms Project is to collect baseline information from the prospective 189 peach growers that will serve as a basis of comparison with end-line data as well as help the project team in designed and implementation. The specific objective of the survey is:

  1. Survey of farm management practices for peach growers.
  2. Map the different varieties of peach being cultivated by the farmers and assess the production and yield for each variety.
  3. Assess the extent to which peach growers have access to input supplies.
  4. Conduct a training needs survey of the peach growers.
  5. Assess the extent to which peach growers have access to credit services/facilities.
  6. Assess the market information and market linkages of the peach growers.

The purpose of this assignment is to establish baselines of the newly identified peach growers to assess farm management, production, and marketing practices with an additional focus on access to credit services/facilities, technical advice and training facilities, input supplies, market information, and market linkages.

Services provided by APEX

The services provided by the firm included research tools refinement, training of field enumerators and supervisors, data collection from 189 peach growers located in district Swat, data editing, and coding, data analysis and report development. Data editing was done by professional researchers and data was entered in Census Survey Program (CSPro). After data entry frequency tables were generated for cleaning. Data analysis was done using a statistical package (SPSS). The whole exercise was done in close coordination with the client.