World Bank to check if FMR projects benefit farmers, communities
Ten months since the 3.64 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) was fully concreted from barangays of Casacon and Tilasan in Zamboanga, the World Bank is now set to evaluate if the communities within the area, especially the farmers, have truly benefited from it.
Department of Agriculture IX Assistant Regional Director Dennis H. Palabrica said this as he officially opened the three-day Monitoring and Evaluation activities in the area. The activitiy is called Rapid Appraisal on Emerging Benefits (RAEB).
DA, as lead implementing agency of the World Bank-assisted Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), has to conduct the RAEB to determine the benefits derived from the concreted FMR.
“World Bank has to know the impacts of the road especially to the farmers whose farms are within the road influence area (RIA), how the concreted road affects to their lives, economically and socially,” Palabrica said.
Moreover, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Unit Head Gemma S. Genaldo explained that RAEB is a PRDP mechanism to assess and evaluate if the development objectives of the project are achieved, one of which is “to increase rural incomes and enhance productivity of farmers and fisherfolk in targeted area.”
There were 37 farmer-respondents identified for the household interview based on the guidelines of Geo-mapping and Governance Unit (GGU).
The GGU team, prior to the actual interview geotagged the farmer-respondents in their respective residences and farms to determine the distance of their farms from their houses.