Assessment and Empowerment of the Agricultural Sector in Mashta Hammoud and Mohamara Villages - Rural development and sustainable agriculture
- 2016-12-22Start Date
- 2017-04-29End Date
"Assessment and Empowerment of the Agricultural Sector in Mashta Hammoud and Mohamara Villages" is one of the assessment projects being implemented recently in Akkar, and consists of assessing the current status and working conditions of the agricultural sector in Mashta Hammoud and Mohamara, identifying the sector’s main challenges and problems, analyzing the findings in order to identify the sector’s real needs and potential areas for growth and providing recommendations (concept notes) that are able to consolidate and improve the agricultural sector in both villages
The first component includes the baseline assessment where questionnaires will be filled with selected key stakeholders from the two agricultural communities. The objective of this questionnaire is to overcome the potential for influence of some stakeholders over others. This data will be compiled and carefully analyzed in order to categorize the most prominent problems and potential solutions. As well, an on-site observation visit to some cooperatives will be conducted by the project team to provide a basic frame to some potential agricultural projects.
Following the baseline assessment, an interactive participatory method with various agriculture stakeholders will be adopted in each of the villages in order to achieve a more accurate and holistic view of the current situations and problems. In a particular, the method will place a specific emphasis on the engagement of the Municipalities of Mashta Hammoud and Mohamara in order to have a local perspective during the assessment process. Towards this achievement, a series of round table gatherings, with different working groups, will be conducted in both communities.
Finally, a Geographic Information Systems assessment covering the geographical areas targeted by the UNDP project will be conducted in order to review the targeted area’s existing water network and use of water, as was established by UNDP. This assessment will contribute to the accurate mapping of geographical and agricultural features of current (and potential) farmlands. Thus, it will also be possible to analyze historical farming practices to determine the best crops with higher yield potentials, where they should be grown, specialties of each targeted agricultural community and how to maintain soil nutrition levels to best benefit the plants and maximize the water use efficiency.