Scaling up the use of TAPI software for agricultural statistics

Since 2012, the Global Strategy has been working closely with the World Bank Computational Tools team investing resources in the development of Survey Solutions (SuSo) Tablet Assisted Personal Interview (TAPI) software.

As the software is now fully functional, tested, and working efficiently, the Global Strategy is using it as to test cost-effective methodologies. By the end of the year, the Global Strategy will have implemented pilot surveys in Jamaica, Rwanda, and Indonesia, testing methods for measuring crop area, yield and production under mixed and continuous cropping in collaboration with the National Statistical Offices in each country. This will be the first time SuSo has been used in the three countries, and it will serve as a pilot for wider scale adoption of TAPI within the countries. Other lines of research are also looking into the use of TAPI, and will likely follow this example.

Furthermore, the Global Strategy has begun developing a methodological toolkit for the Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey (AGRIS) project, which will provide direct technical assistance to countries in carrying out agricultural surveys. The AGRIS toolkit will contain resources for developing countries’ governments to start conducting agricultural sample surveys. The survey instrument will be programmed accordingly using SuSo and the toolkit will contain training material on questionnaire design, and survey, tablet, and data management.