PRISM is a collaborative project among the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), sarmap, and the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Regional Field Offices (RFOs) with funding support from DA’s National Rice Program through the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).
PRISM is one of the programs of the Department of Agriculture, which aims to provide interventions at both national and local levels to support rice production.
Regional Field Offices, with guidance from PhilRice oversee all field activities. RFOs coordinate with their respective Local Government Units (LGUs) to make sure that the field activities in monitoring sites are implemented. RFOs are provided with smartphones and other field equipment, and trained by IRRI and PhilRice on the field protocols to ensure standardized data collection among regions. They are also responsible for validating and managing all the data collected from their region.
DA-BAR funds PRISM. The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) is one of the staff bureaus of the DA which was established to lead and coordinate the national agriculture and fisheries research and development (R&D) in the country.
Together with the DA Regional Crop Protection Centers (RCPCs), BPI serves in an active and advisory role, assisting IRRI and PhilRice in reviewing the training curriculum and preparing materials for the local cooperators. BPI also assists RCPC in coordinating the activities of the local cooperators and in validating the collected data.
DA-BSWM serves an advisory role and are potential users of data generated by PRISM. They are involved in needs assessment and training on usage and application of PRISM. BSWM provides data necessary to facilitate rice mapping (e.g. georeferenced water impoundings in the Philippines).
PSA is the source of official statistics that are used in the assessment and validation of PRISM’s products, such as rice area and yield estimates. Some field staff have participated in training courses on PRISM field protocols.
PhilRice is involved in all activities in PRISM. They oversee activities and interactions with the regions. This includes conducts of training and assessment workshops in all participating regions. They serve as resource persons imparting their expertise to local project partners. They also provide support field work activities such as validation and field visits to ensure smooth flow of the project since most of their staff are posted in different field offices within the Philippines.
IRRI creates the model and handles decision support for software development. The institute also ensures capacity building by conducting training and workshops on data collection protocols, management, and analysis; and on maintenance of PRISM web services. In such events, standardized and efficient protocols for data collection across all regions using smartphones have been developed in collaboration with other PRISM partners.
sarmap provides technical support for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery acquisition, processing, and analysis. They are the developers of MAPscapeRICE, the remote sensing software used in PRISM. They also conduct training on the use of this software.
PRISM uses smartphones in collecting field data through an open-source application called Open Data Kit (ODK). The University of Milan provides PRISM an enhanced version of ODK that integrates PocketLAI, allowing PRISM to collect biomass data using Leaf Area Index measurement.