byBarbara Adolph via web
In order to arrive at a better understanding of farming and livelihood systems in the three research sites, and to develop a typology of households from which to select case studies, the teams in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Malawi have carried out a household survey. We decided to use ODK (Open Data Kit - https://opendatakit.org/) for the survey in order to make data collection easier for the enumerators and reduce errors from data entry. This was a new experience for all teams! "Translating" the survey into ODK was a challenge, and it took several rounds of iteration to develop a tool that worked. A particular difficulty was the presence of multiple crops on multiple plots (especially in Northern Ghana and Eastern Burkina Faso, where many households have 5-10 different plots that are all managed differently). This required programming 'double repeat loops'. We will analyse the survey over the next three months.