Terminal evaluation of Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) Capacity Development Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2021, Tanzania
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2016
Completion Date:
11/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Terminal evaluation of Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) Capacity Development Project
Atlas Project Number: 68926
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2021, Tanzania
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2016
Planned End Date: 09/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Cross-cutting Development Issue
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding: core resources
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cliff Bernard Nuwakora International Consultant cliff.nuwakora@gmail.com; cliff@caseconsultug.com UGANDA
Shukuru Nyagawa National Consultant shukurunyagawa@yahoo.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: SAGCOT Centre, Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFS), and RUBADA
Countries: TANZANIA (UNITED REPUBLIC OF )
Lessons
1.

a) The institutional strengthening of SAGCOT Centre with the establishment of systems of management and governance by UNDP funding created confidence in the Centre hence attraction of many big investments and support from other Development partners

b) The use of local structures is key in resolving land issues and supporting the success of community based projects. This is because it facilitates effective community mobilization, consensus building and use of indigenous skills and expertise in resolving community issues.

 

c) The SAGCOT initiative is well placed to propel the agricultural development of Tanzania if strategic investments in the area are made. The capacity- s t r e n g t h e n i n g project was a well thought through interventions with the potential of stirring development in the SAGCOT area. The SAGCOT project was a key flagship intervention under the BRN (Big Results Now) under the government, which enables access to land, and property.

d) Using and application of SRI technology is more sustainable as it only uses less water and seeds and other inputs but also it leads to increased productivity per acre compared to the conventional rice production.

e) CCROs land ownership systems is a good intervention in ensuring poverty reduction whereby people and communities can now access loans in banks using their land titles as collateral security.

f) Facilitation and building capacity of SAGCOT Centre’s systems and policies and processes is a good practice as it has demonstrated a successful Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with positive results realized under SAGCOT Centre and projects.

g) SAGCOT project has proven that small scale farmers if well- o r g a n i z e d can stimulate and increase productivity efficiently and be transformed without necessarily practice intensive commercial farming

h) UNDP's creativity has demonstrated to other Development partners the merits and need for increased involvement of the private sector in especially key strategic national priority sectors like agriculture


Findings
Recommendations
1

RUBADA should be further supported by government with the assistance of Development Partners through the following actions:

  • RUBADA should rebrand itself and in addition to its current strategic plan develop a multimedia communication strategy to correct the negative public image about it.
  • Government of Tanzania should quickly adopt and approve the revised RUBADA Act in order to harmonise the legal framework with the other legal instruments like Local Government Act since there is overlap of mandates and confusion that affects service delivery
2

SAGCOT Centre has demonstrated that its catalytic UNDP supported institutional capacity has flagged it off as a formidable institution which has now started attracting big investments as well as being internationally and regionally recognized.  However, SAGCOT Centre institutional capacity should further and continually be enhanced through its other programs as well as the following actions;

  • SAGCOT Centre should further strengthen its capacity especially in areas of M&E and reporting systems. Establishing a substantive M&E Unit given the level of attraction of investments currently can also enhance this.
  • Increased partnership between government, Development Partners and the Private sector through increased improvement and enhanced PPP model should be adopted and policy developed along these lines following its success in SAGCOT project
3

The MALF having tremendously revolutionized the agriculture sector with support from UNDP through the application of SRI technology by increasing the Rice productivity from 4 tons per acre to 8 tons per acre should further be up scaled though other Government of Tanzania and Development Partners agriculture interventions;

  • Need for scaling up project and provide funds to support the established farmer demonstration groups and Farmer Field schools to facilitate and scale up the adoption of new farming technologies.
  • Providing technical support in levelling all the remaining 76 irrigation schemes as well as properly constructing them by providing intake and outlets to allow SRI technology to thrive
  • Government should provide conducive marketing policies to induce farmers to keep their produce in the warehouses by offering good prices since other farmers were found keeping their produce in their own homes
  • For marketing to improve there is also a need to organize such like Farmers days (Siku ya Kulima) as well as tours to other farms and areas within and outside the country
  • Need to increase visibility of the project by enhancing the multimedia communication strategy say introduce sign post, advocacy step up as well as awareness and sensitization
  • Need to provide more SRI special farm inputs and implements to farmers like seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, harvesting and weeding machines and tools and other protective gear
  • At least one processing machine for each of the 78 irrigation schemes should be provided in order to add value and discourage farmers from selling paddy
  • Facilitate governments and districts to conduct trainings of the members in the management of warehouses/storages
1. Recommendation:

RUBADA should be further supported by government with the assistance of Development Partners through the following actions:

  • RUBADA should rebrand itself and in addition to its current strategic plan develop a multimedia communication strategy to correct the negative public image about it.
  • Government of Tanzania should quickly adopt and approve the revised RUBADA Act in order to harmonise the legal framework with the other legal instruments like Local Government Act since there is overlap of mandates and confusion that affects service delivery
Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20]

The recommendations of the terminal evaluation report will be shared with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) for their decision and action. However, it should be noted that the government (MALF) has the final decision on the future of RUBADA.

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation:

SAGCOT Centre has demonstrated that its catalytic UNDP supported institutional capacity has flagged it off as a formidable institution which has now started attracting big investments as well as being internationally and regionally recognized.  However, SAGCOT Centre institutional capacity should further and continually be enhanced through its other programs as well as the following actions;

  • SAGCOT Centre should further strengthen its capacity especially in areas of M&E and reporting systems. Establishing a substantive M&E Unit given the level of attraction of investments currently can also enhance this.
  • Increased partnership between government, Development Partners and the Private sector through increased improvement and enhanced PPP model should be adopted and policy developed along these lines following its success in SAGCOT project
Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20]

This is noted. However, UNDP project has been completed and there are no plans to have another support project in the short term. Through the completed UNDP supported project, the SAGCOT Centre has been able to strengthen its institutional capacity and as a result has won development partners’ trust and funding.

While there will be no UNDP financial support for the Centre in the short term, UNDP will continue to collaborate with the SAGCOT Centre and the SAGCOT funders in the SAGCOT working Groups and other relevant fora.

 

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

The MALF having tremendously revolutionized the agriculture sector with support from UNDP through the application of SRI technology by increasing the Rice productivity from 4 tons per acre to 8 tons per acre should further be up scaled though other Government of Tanzania and Development Partners agriculture interventions;

  • Need for scaling up project and provide funds to support the established farmer demonstration groups and Farmer Field schools to facilitate and scale up the adoption of new farming technologies.
  • Providing technical support in levelling all the remaining 76 irrigation schemes as well as properly constructing them by providing intake and outlets to allow SRI technology to thrive
  • Government should provide conducive marketing policies to induce farmers to keep their produce in the warehouses by offering good prices since other farmers were found keeping their produce in their own homes
  • For marketing to improve there is also a need to organize such like Farmers days (Siku ya Kulima) as well as tours to other farms and areas within and outside the country
  • Need to increase visibility of the project by enhancing the multimedia communication strategy say introduce sign post, advocacy step up as well as awareness and sensitization
  • Need to provide more SRI special farm inputs and implements to farmers like seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, harvesting and weeding machines and tools and other protective gear
  • At least one processing machine for each of the 78 irrigation schemes should be provided in order to add value and discourage farmers from selling paddy
  • Facilitate governments and districts to conduct trainings of the members in the management of warehouses/storages
Management Response: [Added: 2016/12/20]

We agree but the completed UNDP project support was just catalytic and was in no way meant to addressing all pertinent issues facing smallholder farmers in the SAGCOT area/ corridor. Therefore, UNDP will discuss with the MALF to see how best the recommendation can be implemented within the new government Phase II Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP II) and new UNDP projects in agribusiness.

 

Key Actions:

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