On Tuesday 27th April, SPIA were invited to present their work program to the Uganda Agriculture Development Partners' Group (AgDPG). SPIA Chair Karen Macours gave a presentation on Measurement of agricultural innovations in national surveys in Uganda, which provided an overview of the five components of SPIA’s current work program in the country.

  1. Household level data collection in the Uganda National Panel Survey (UNPS) – SPIA is working in partnership with the World Bank LSMS-ISA team and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBoS) on household level data collection in the UNPS. The work includes a new refreshed sample of up to 5,000 households and the integration with the Annual Agricultural Survey of the 50 x 2030 initiative. One of the key deliverables from this work will be DNA fingerprinting-based estimates of adoption of improved crop varieties for six crops. More broadly, measurement in the UNPS data will allow to obtain national representative estimates of 19 CGIAR-related innovations expected to have scaled in Uganda, ranging from livestock innovations, to crops, and natural resource management.
  2. Community level data collection in UNPS – Through the same partnership with the World Bank LSMS-ISA team and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, this component addresses multiple agricultural innovations that are best measured at a community level (tree nurseries, milk collection centers, sustainable land management practices, etc.)
  3. Contributions to the National Service Delivery Survey – This component is centered around a different survey fielded by UBoS. SPIA has helped design of instruments for data collection on topics such as agricultural extension, crop pests and diseases, etc.
  4. Diffusion of biofortified crops – Under this component, SPIA has led a process of combining administrative M&E data complemented with data from regional workshops to construct a database on the diffusion of orange-fleshed sweet potato and biofortified bean varieties by various governmental and nongovernmental agencies. The spatially and temporally explicit database can be linked to the Demographic and Health Surveys, to look for impacts on consumption of biofortified foods and related nutrition and health outcomes.
  5. Seed systems survey –By collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and National Agricultural Research Organization, SPIA special initiative member Professor Travis Lybbert (UC Davis) is leading an effort to collect seed samples at different levels in the seed system for maize and beans, and subject them to a range of quality tests (including genetic purity testing using genotyping methods).