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Kickoff First National Study for Rural Family Agriculture

A total of 174 university-level and technical professionals with training in forestry and agriculture began to perform a survey on 5,453 farms across the country, which will allow for up-to-date information on Rural Family Agriculture in production, in social and environmental spheres and will constitute the fundamental input for the first Baseline Study of Users of INDAP's production inducements.

The interviews, which are conducted by Demoscópica, a specialized company that works in conjunction with the Latin American Center for Rural Development (Rimisp), began already late October and is expected to culminate in December. The sample of families surveyed was obtained through a technically approved draw and is representative of the 158 thousand users that INDAP attended during 2015.

This first baseline study is a commitment made by the current INDAP leadership in 2014, with a view to achieving two relevant objectives: first, of immediate use is to have an in-depth cross-section of the RFA in order for a review and refinement of the design, orientation and operation of the institution's work. The second, in the medium term, is to have a basis on which to be able to measure the future action of service development.

The Baseline allows to know the current state of users and their context, and to compare it with its future situation, after the institutional action. In this way, it will be possible to see its evolvement, to measure the changes achieved and to render a public accounting on the use of public resources in the RFA and its impact. For the best outcome for this study, the interviewers are duly credited and support of area agencies and technical teams of the service has been arranged.

Jeannette Danty, head of INDAP's Strategic Management Division, commented that so far the service had conducted user satisfaction assessments, agency-specific programs, and follow-up on technical assistance and investments, but this is the first time That "an integral photo is taken of the users", to give to the future administrations the unprecedented possibility to evaluate the action of the institution.

"Today we are visiting and talking to about 5,500 families to know the makeup of the home, what activities they are performing, what they are producing, how much, how much they earn, how they innovate, among other things. In this way, we can focus resources, identify marketing, management, knowledge gaps, where the most vulnerable sectors are, what young people, women and indigenous people are doing, and consider environmental situations when scheduling our actions. We have to demonstrate over time that we are contributing to improve the quality of life for people in the country's Rural Family Agriculture," he said.

The baseline study will culminate in the second quarter of 2017, with the presentation of a complete characterization of Family Agriculture, together with a typology of its producers and producers.