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Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of Underutilised Taro to Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Marginalised Communities Faced with Climate Change
Baseline survey update overview: Malaysia, Philippines & Indonesia
Date: June 2021
Latest updates on the state of the baseline surveys for each country.
The baseline survey involves farmers' questionnaires and key informant interviews (KII) of taro stakeholders at different localities within each country. The details are outlined below:

Indonesia
Provinces: East Nusa Tenggara, Musi Banyu Asin, Bogor, Kuningan, East Java
Farmer questionnaires: 135
Key informant interviews: -

Malaysia
States: Selangor (Ijok, Sepang, Kuala Langat, Sabak Bernam, Semenyih) & Johor (Batu Pahat, Simpang Renggam, Muar)
Farmer questionnaires: 32
Key informant interviews: 4 (Taro processors - 4)

Philippines
Provinces: Cavite, Laguna, Quezon
Farmer questionnaires: 27
Key informant interviews: 10 (Buyers - 9, Government Institute - 1)

Key findings

 
Malaysia
Philippines
Indonesia
Taro as main source of income
46%
42%
Preferred taro variety


Keladi Mawar
 
Kinsol


Hitam, Lokal, Taiwan
Value addition

No (88%)

No (85%)

None to 100%
Is growing taro profitable?

Yes (91%)

Yes (22%)

None to 100%
Impacts of climate change

Drought

Pests & diseases
Suggestions to improve taro farming


Need more land


Enhanced market access

Capital, supply of seeds, marketing

Note: For Indonesia, survey results were broken down by provinces hence the figures represent a range or the highest percentage for each province. Details are found in the presentation slides below.

There are additional information on climate change, gender, irrigation, harvesting, variety selection in the presentation as well.

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