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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
Needs and vulnerability assessment with marginalised farmers, Johor, Malaysia
Date: May 2023
A visit to Simpang Renggam, Johor was organized on 8th - 9th May 2023 by MARDI assisted by CABI, to conduct a needs and vulnerability assessment with taro farmers
The farmers were identified from the Farmer Field School (FFS) program led by MARDI and farmers who were involved in the previous baseline survey were preferred. A structured individual questionnaire was prepared prior to the visit and translated into the Malay language.

On survey day, ten (10) farmers joined the activity and completed the questionnaire with guidance by CABI and MARDI teams. In total ten (10) completed questionnaires were collected (data entry into Excel for analysis will be completed later). A short trip to the FFS model farm was organised after the questionnaire session and the farmers shared with MARDI and CABI the issues faced at the farm, i.e. pests and diseases attack.

Some findings from the discussion:
  • Two varieties were adapted by the farmers; Wangi and Putih, however the plot grown with Putih variety was affected by floods and no information was available for that variety
  • The farmers shared that the Wangi variety‚Äôs productivity and demand is equal to that of the traditional Mawar variety
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