February 4-6, Phuenstholing: A three-day workshop to review and finalise the annual work plan and budget (AWPB) for 2015-16 for the Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) is underway at Phuentsholing.
Coordinated by the project coordination unit, 10 participants including the sector managers and focal points are attending the workshop. They will review the draft work plan received from the project Dzongkhags and prioritise the activities based on the available budget for the 12 month extension (July 2015-June 2016). They will also discuss the global and Dzongkhag-wise AWPB for endorsement by the project steering committee (PSC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
MAGIP has been operational in the six eastern Dzongkhags since May 2011 with the project’s new completion date in June 2016. With an overall budget of USD 13.5 million, MAGIP’s development goal is to reduce rural poverty and enhance standards of living and food security of poor rural households in the project areas. This will help to achieve a sustainable reduction in the poverty of an estimated 20,000 poor households through livestock and crop development, marketing and infrastructure facilities.
The workshop concludes with the finalisation of AWPB 2015-16 for endorsement by the PSC and IFAD after which it will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance for approval.
Submitted by Sangay Wangdi, Project Director, MAGIP
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