The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program of Uganda is an innovative public-private extension service delivery approach, with the goal of increasing market-oriented agricultural production by empowering farmers to demand and control agricultural advisory services. NAADS is also a key component of the government’s plan to reduce poverty by 28 percent by 2014.
An IFPRI project has quantified the impacts of NAADS and assessed the return on investment in the program. Two rounds of farmer group and household surveys were conducted in 2004 and 2007. Nine hundred households and 120 farmer groups were surveyed in 2004, and 1200 households and 150 farmer groups were surveyed in 2007, with a panel of 719 households. The 2004 data serve as the baseline on which a stratified sampling is based according to the NAADS rollout phases: 1) sub-counties where the NAADS programme was first established in 2001/02, referred to as “early NAADS sub-counties”, 2) sub-counties where the NAADS programme began in 2002/03, referred to as “intermediate NAADS sub-counties”, 3) sub-counties where the NAADS programme began between 2005 and 2007, referred to as “late NAADS sub-counties”, and 4) sub-counties where there has not been NAADS programme, referred to as “non-NAADS sub-counties”.
A study that utilized the baseline data to assess some of the initial impacts of NAADS was completed in 2005 (see IFPRI Discussion Paper 724, Assessing the Impact of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) in the Uganda Rural Livelihoods. Another study that utilizes the panel data to assess the impacts of NAADS on a number of outcomes and return on investment in NAADS after six years of implementation is currently underway. Final results are expected by end of October 2008.