PSRTI partners with DA in the conduct of the NAFMIP Baseline Survey

Posted April 12, 2021

The Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) is commissioned by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to conduct the Baseline Survey for the National Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization and Industrialization Plan (NAFMIP).

The NAFMIP is a medium-term plan developed by DA with vision to a “food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous and empowered farmers and fisherfolk”. This vision was then translated into the goals of the agriculture and fisheries (A&F) sector for enhanced food security, improved resilience of agri-fishery communities, and improved quality of life of farmers and fisherfolk.

In achieving these goals, the NAFMIP will implement activities for the years 2020 to 2025 in order to survive, grow, and reboot the A&F sector. The five key results area of the NAFMIP 2020-2025 are: Modernized Systems, Competitive Agri-Fishery Products, Empowered Farmers and Fisherfolk, Strengthened Partnerships and Institutions, and Resilient Natural Ecosystem.

The NAFMIP 2020-2025 Results Framework (Source: Department of Agriculture)

To obtain baseline information and recommend needed adjustments to the NAFMIP 2020-2025 results framework, a survey will be conducted to collect data on key A&F indicators:

  1. Marketing cost and margins for agricultural priority commodities;
  2. Engagement in agri-preneurship;
  3. Expansion of farmers and fishers to other segments of value chain;
  4. Degree of modernization in agriculture and fisheries; and
  5. Sustainable Development Goal 2.4.1: Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture.

A random sample of 7,470 small farmers and fisherfolks in the Philippines, except in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), will be interviewed. This is to primarily gather information on their farm, farm production, and farm practices in 2019. The selected farmers and fisherfolks will be representative locales generated from the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

The baseline survey was reviewed and cleared for conduct by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and was properly communicated to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to enjoin the selected farmers and fisherfolks in the survey. The field operations are set to start this April 2021 until May 2021. PSRTI assures that the conduct of field operations will strictly follow the community quarantine protocols as the country continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.