January 22, Thimphu: Based on the requirement of the funding agency, the annual monitoring workshop 2017 for the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) projects in Bhutan was conducted. Participants included project Principal Investigators (PIs), Assistant National Contact Person and three independent evaluators consisting of M&E Officers from the Gross National Happiness Commission and Ministry’s Policy and Planning Division. It was chaired by the Hon’ble Agriculture Secretary.
AFACI is an inter-governmental and multi-lateral cooperation initiated by the Government of Korea to promote sustainable agriculture growth in the asian region. Bhutan became the member of the AFACI in 2013 and today nine different projects are implemented through various agencies under the Ministry.
As of today, Ministry has received total project budget of about Nu. 18.3 million. It is implemented with broad objectives to share knowledge, technologies and experiences amongst the member countries to create platform for the agriculture technology innovation and to build human resource network.
The PIs presented the progress achieved through AFACI support, work plan for 2018-19 and discussed and solved any issues and challenges faced while implementing the projects.
The Secretary stated that there is a need to create a focus and priority while planning and implementing the project to bring the maximum benefits and the PIs and relevant stakeholders should closely collaborate while implementing the projects. He also stated that the technologies, knowledge and information generated through these projects should be made useful to the end users.
The independent evaluator then rated the project performance based on the PIs presentation. The evaluation was done based on the five broad criteria: (i) Project relevancy (ii) Effectiveness (iii) Efficiency (iv) Sustainability and (v) Social and environmental impact.
Reported by Tashi Yangzom, ICTD
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