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Workshop: "Consultation on surveying, collecting information, assessing agricultural development policies in some countries in the Mekong sub-region"

Within the framework of the regional project "Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Research and Consulting for the Countries of the Mekong Sub-Region" (NARDT) funded by IFAD, the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Development Agriculture and Rural Development organized a Consultation Workshop on the questionnaire that will be used for the research team's upcoming data collection survey as well as specific plans for implementing activities. The workshop was chaired by Dr. Tran Cong Thang, Director of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Project Director of NARDT
The workshop was organized with the participation of the questionnaire drafting group, experts and managers with experience in research and policy advice or in questionnaire development and field investigation.

Dr. Truong Thi Thu Trang, Director of the Center for Agricultural Policy, IPSARD, presented the questionnaire developed by the research team
The objectives of the study are:

- Review policies to support agricultural development in the period 2010-2022 by policy groups.
- Assess the current status (achievements and limitations) on the implementation of agricultural development policies of each selected country for the study.
- Proposing policy recommendations to develop the agricultural sector of each selected country in the coming period.
In order to evaluate agricultural development policies in some countries in the Mekong sub-region, the question is which policies need to be evaluated? And how to make a common assessment among countries in the Mekong sub-region. Through consultation with experts, the research team has synthesized important groups of policies in agricultural development that need to collect information for evaluation, including: Policy on agricultural production; Processing and logistics policy; Trade policy and market development; Policy on climate change and environment; and risk management policy in agriculture.
Some data for the research is collected through secondary sources of information such as the General Statistics Office, local reports, and the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, there is information that is not available, to serve the research that needs to be collected through investigation for evaluation. The set of questions that the research team includes 5 contents is designed to be simple, focused and information that is difficult to exploit from secondary information sources, easy to collect and applicable to countries.
Part A:
  Basic information of the investigator
Part B:
Household information, including household classification in 2022.
To assess household variability as well as the difference between farm and non-farm income, the research team asked questions about income and classified both agricultural and non-farm income. The number of productive members in working age is also included
Part C: Production Information
The questionnaire attempts to categorize by sectors including farming and livestock. In question C1 is general information about production activities including production value, selling rate, estimated loss, and costs. Area used, number of employees involved.
The following questions asked more about the association, cooperation and production process of the household

Part D: Trade and Markets
Information on this section is more about enterprises and cooperatives. However, households can also ask more questions about association and cooperation with the above subjects. In addition to the research, further in-depth assessments from experts and other secondary sources of information are also needed
Part E. Climate change and risks
For the household, the research team also asked some questions to assess the impacts of climate change as well as the risks of agriculture based on the household's assessment. These are basic assessments, in order to supplement the analysis later, other secondary sources of information are needed to supplement.