Impact Assesment of Ardahan Kars Artvin Rural Development Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
01/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Impact Assesment of Ardahan Kars Artvin Rural Development Project
Atlas Project Number: 00061072
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 27,122
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Food Agriculture and Lifestock
Countries: TURKEY
Comments:

IFAD-loan based Ardahan Kars Artvin Development Project has been completed on 31 December 2017. As conditionality of the project closure processes by IFAD;  impact assessment of the project  was conducted and completed with the IFAD funding in January 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF) preferred continuation of the project activities funded from the national budget for a period of additional one year. The project will operationally be closed by end 2018.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Among the sources of information for AKAKP the mukhtars take the 2nd place. When the potential of the mukhtars to reach to the project target population is taken into account, their active roles in such development programs can be increased.

2

Overall satisfaction towards AKAKP is very high. For the development projects in other regions, AKAKP beneficiaries can assume the role of spokesperson in order to increase the motivation of the producers and their participation in the project.

3

Satisfaction with the infrastructure component is also high in general. 75% of the mukhtars in the beneficiary village are satisfied with the project. When asked to those who are not satisfied, the "technical faults" factor stands out. Improving the technical implementation of the infrastructure component may be an important development area for future processes.

4

Beneficiaries are highly satisfied with the application process, scope and quality of the support. But the duration and the amount of the support stand out as improvement areas. A similar situation applies to the infrastructure component.

5

For the development of the infrastructure component, can be utilized from increase in amount and scope of the support, extension of drip irrigation systems, road constructions and VAT incentives.

6

It has been seen that AKAKP contributes to the works of the beneficiaries. Especially, the impact in the field of personal development is widespread. In this respect, both their technical equipment and the self-confidence have increased.

7

Most of the project beneficiaries seem to have a high tendency to apply what they learn in training to their work, in this respect, the continuation of the training module and utilization of practical training alternatives can be considered.

8

The farmers and the livestock farmers, who received training under the AKAKP, share what they have learned in training with others. Given the potential for such information sharing, platforms can be created where beneficiaries can transfer what they have learned to other farmers and livestock farmers. Training of the trainers can be added to the project by setting up a system in which the beneficiaries will be trainer for the regions where the project will continue.

9

Given that the project beneficiaries mostly procure their seeds from the private sector and the procurement of seeds from the government is limited, the diversification of the procurement channel that will remove the private sector dependency in seed procurement, and that will make farmers more powerful in this regard can be considered. Incentives may be applied by the Ministry in the procurement from the government.

10

Almost half of the beneficiaries felt a positive effect in terms of product quality, variety and income. In other words, the production process has improved. One of the most distinct changes in the production processes of the farmers receiving support is the use of drip irrigation. The continuing support for drip irrigation techniques is of great importance.

11

As a general development area for the project, the following areas have been identified: sales channels, customer relationships, sales and marketing. The increase in performance in these areas will further increase the incomes and general economic conditions of the producers.

12

It can be said that the project has a positive impact on the beneficiaries in increasing formal sales channels. However, sales channels are still limited, and steps can be taken to include in the supply chain programs of large producers to diversify the sales channels of farmers and animal producers in the region. At this point, UNDP, World Bank and Ministry support will be important.

13

When the types of infrastructure support given under the AKAKP is examined, it is seen that mostly received support type is animal drinking water constructions, it is followed by the construction of upland roads. The rate of other support types is lower. Given the importance of infrastructure support for rural development, increasing the villagers access to the different types of support and diversification of the use of support can be considered.

14

Maintenance-repair mechanisms need to be developed in terms of the efficiency of the project regarding the infrastructure, the current efficiency in this regard is very limited. The maintenance-repair.

1. Recommendation:

Among the sources of information for AKAKP the mukhtars take the 2nd place. When the potential of the mukhtars to reach to the project target population is taken into account, their active roles in such development programs can be increased.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/10]

  • When the rural development projects implementing, the UNDP and MoAF  directly connecting and working with mukhtars formally under the rules and regulations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Periodical discussions with mukhtrars, during the implementing of rural development projects
[Added: 2018/12/12]
MoAF (PPMU) and UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/11 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Overall satisfaction towards AKAKP is very high. For the development projects in other regions, AKAKP beneficiaries can assume the role of spokesperson in order to increase the motivation of the producers and their participation in the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

The UNDP and MoAF using the knowledge sharing programme for currently implementing projects. And UNDP disseminating the best practices from successfully implemented projects such as AKADP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Best practices of the AKADP is sharing with Goksu Taseli Project
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Satisfaction with the infrastructure component is also high in general. 75% of the mukhtars in the beneficiary village are satisfied with the project. When asked to those who are not satisfied, the "technical faults" factor stands out. Improving the technical implementation of the infrastructure component may be an important development area for future processes.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

Note taken; the Civil Works Procurement and Contracts Officer of UNDP takes into account like this feedbacks in periodically.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Civil Works Procurement and Contracts Officer of UNDP takes into account like this feedbacks in periodically
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Procurement and Contract Officer) 2018/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Beneficiaries are highly satisfied with the application process, scope and quality of the support. But the duration and the amount of the support stand out as improvement areas. A similar situation applies to the infrastructure component.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

The duration and amount of the supports identify in prodoc under the agreement between Turkish Republic and Donor Organization/s, however all kind of infrastructure component supporting 100% by project fund without any beneficiary contribution.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The duration and amount of the supports will be identified in prodoc under the agreement between Turkish Republic and Donor Organization/s for new projects
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP and MoAF 2018/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

For the development of the infrastructure component, can be utilized from increase in amount and scope of the support, extension of drip irrigation systems, road constructions and VAT incentives.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

Mentioned items refers to Grant programme of AKADP. The main objective of the grant program is to support the regional development to be integrated development with the co-financing contribution and to ensure ownership.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Arrangement of the kind/cash contribution of the beneficiaries
[Added: 2018/12/12]
MoAF 2018/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

It has been seen that AKAKP contributes to the works of the beneficiaries. Especially, the impact in the field of personal development is widespread. In this respect, both their technical equipment and the self-confidence have increased.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

This information has been shared and discussed with related authority.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This information is shared with MoAF
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Most of the project beneficiaries seem to have a high tendency to apply what they learn in training to their work, in this respect, the continuation of the training module and utilization of practical training alternatives can be considered.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

This information has been shared and discussed with related authority for to continuation of this trainings with future projects/programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New training programme is developed for new projects.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
8. Recommendation:

The farmers and the livestock farmers, who received training under the AKAKP, share what they have learned in training with others. Given the potential for such information sharing, platforms can be created where beneficiaries can transfer what they have learned to other farmers and livestock farmers. Training of the trainers can be added to the project by setting up a system in which the beneficiaries will be trainer for the regions where the project will continue.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

In this regard, the MoAF and UNDP are still implementing the several training of trainers programmes with knowledge sharing in current and planned project/s.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New training programme is developed for new projects
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
9. Recommendation:

Given that the project beneficiaries mostly procure their seeds from the private sector and the procurement of seeds from the government is limited, the diversification of the procurement channel that will remove the private sector dependency in seed procurement, and that will make farmers more powerful in this regard can be considered. Incentives may be applied by the Ministry in the procurement from the government.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

The MoAF has also a responsibility to be a fair competition in the market. For that reason the procurement of seeds from the government is limited.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MoAF is informed about the recommendation.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
10. Recommendation:

Almost half of the beneficiaries felt a positive effect in terms of product quality, variety and income. In other words, the production process has improved. One of the most distinct changes in the production processes of the farmers receiving support is the use of drip irrigation. The continuing support for drip irrigation techniques is of great importance.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

This information has been shared and discussed with related authority for to continuation of this trainings with future projects/programmes.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MoAF is informed about the recommendation.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
11. Recommendation:

As a general development area for the project, the following areas have been identified: sales channels, customer relationships, sales and marketing. The increase in performance in these areas will further increase the incomes and general economic conditions of the producers.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

This information has been shared and discussed with related authority for to implement in new project/s and programme/s.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This recommendation is implemented in the new projects.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
12. Recommendation:

It can be said that the project has a positive impact on the beneficiaries in increasing formal sales channels. However, sales channels are still limited, and steps can be taken to include in the supply chain programs of large producers to diversify the sales channels of farmers and animal producers in the region. At this point, UNDP, World Bank and Ministry support will be important.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

The UNDP and MoAF has still continue to support to increase supply/value chain mechanisms.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New supply/value chain mechanisms are developed.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
13. Recommendation:

When the types of infrastructure support given under the AKAKP is examined, it is seen that mostly received support type is animal drinking water constructions, it is followed by the construction of upland roads. The rate of other support types is lower. Given the importance of infrastructure support for rural development, increasing the villagers access to the different types of support and diversification of the use of support can be considered.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

This information has been shared and discussed with related authority for to implement in new project/s and programme/s.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation is used for new projects.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
MoAF and UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed
14. Recommendation:

Maintenance-repair mechanisms need to be developed in terms of the efficiency of the project regarding the infrastructure, the current efficiency in this regard is very limited. The maintenance-repair.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/12]

The maintenance-repair mechanisms was set-up with local authority, the MoAF controls and supports the obligations of the relevant institutions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The local authority who is the responsible for maintenance/repairing has been informed and trained.
[Added: 2018/12/12]
UNDP (Project Staff) 2018/12 Completed

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