Voices that Count
Steff Deprez of Vredeseilanden in Belgium will develop an approach utilizing pattern detection software (SenseMaker) to translate feedback from smallholder farmers directly into quantitative data that can be easily queried by agricultural development program managers and evaluators. They will test their approach on rice, passion fruit and coffee smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan African to evaluate whether they should be included in modern markets. A so-called signification framework will be developed that comprises specific questions for the farmers in a format that allows them to supplement their feedback with additional narrative to facilitate conversion into statistical data. Participatory feedback sessions will also be organized. The entire approach will be cost-effective and designed for up to 3000 participants.