Getting everyone on the same page: Farm economic analysis in Kathmandu

Ensuring clear and consistent communication is essential when working in multi-disciplinary teams. CIMMYT and partners in South Asia are therefore facilitating Farm Economic Analysis workshops to ensure that stakeholders from a variety of professions are on the same page when it comes to the terminology of agricultural economics.

Associate-Professor Fay Rola-Rubzen and Dr Roy Murray-Prior from the University of Western Australia presented the first full day workshop at the National Agricultural Research Council (NARC) campus in Kathmandu on November 1, 2018. Deepak Bhandari and Yuga Nath Ghimire of NARC officiated the event. More than thirty participants from CIMMYT, the Department of Agriculture and NARC attended the training, which included agronomists, agricultural economists, extension officers and research associates.

The workshop series was conducted as part of the SRFSI project, and aimed to create a common understanding of key elements of farm economic analysis.

“The main objective [of the workshops] is to make sure we have the same language and understanding of what we are measuring,” said Dr Rola-Rubzen. “When we go to the field, usually, it may not be the economists gathering the data. It is critical for both economists and non-economists to understand what we are talking about so that we are comparing apples with apples, not apples with oranges.”

Dr Rola-Rubzen and Dr Murray-Prior facilitated a highly specific and tailored training, including engaging the participants in the practical analysis of data collected by SRFSI in the Sunsari district in the eastern Terai of Nepal. Topics covered in the training included gross margin, net revenue and sensitivity analyses, as well as matching analyses to data types.

The workshop was well-received by participants, and will also be conducted in India and Bangladesh to ensure further consistency in communication and to facilitate the cross-country analysis and comparison of data “When we work with economists, it will be easier to understand how they are analyzing their data and making their arguments,” said Sofina Maharjan, assistant research associate for the SRFSI project.

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Participants in the Farm Economic Analysis training in Kathmandu

Participants in the Farm Economic Analysis training in Kathmandu

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