Needs and opportunity assessment (NOA)
What is a NOA?
A simple, easy-to-follow flexible method to work with farmers and assess their actual problems, causes and possible solutions based on their circumstances.
Why use a NOA?
Many technologies and recommendations that are released by research stations are often not adopted by farmers. Where is the problem? Is the recommendation or technology not suitable or not profitable or more risky to farmers? These questions arise due to a mismatch between farmers’ actual needs and circumstances and research and technology development. ‘Successful solutions require correct diagnosis’. The needs and opportunity assessment is a powerful tool that can help diagnose farmers’ real problems and constraints and help develop appropriate solutions to them through relevant research and technology development.
Using the NOA
The steps for conducting a NOA are: