Impact Assessment of Plantwise Pakistan: Final Report
Published: December, 2019
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) was contracted by CABI to design and implement a mixed-methods impact assessment of Plantwise in Pakistan and to conduct the necessary data collection, analysis, and reporting. This report presents the results for the evaluation of Plantwise–Pakistan (PW-P) as implemented in Punjab, the province where PW-P has been implemented for the longest period and that has the highest levels of plant clinic coverage in the country. We used qualitative and quantitative methods to answer four research questions. We used qualitative methods to assess the changes that PW-P brings to the plant health system, assess program sustainability, and evaluate the process of the PW implementation in the field. We used quantitative methods to identify farm-level impacts using a quasi-experimental approach in 8 districts of Punjab province. We collected one round of data at the end of 2018. A total of 1,805 farmers from 120 villages were interviewed to estimate the impacts of attending plant clinics. Lastly, we also used administrative quantitative data on program costs to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the program.
Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to pests. If we could reduce crop losses by just 1%, we could potentially feed millions more people. The lack of access to timely, appropriate and actionable extension advice makes it a fundamental challenge for farmers to get the right information at the right time to reduce crop losses.