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Evaluacion del Proyecto Paisajes de Producción Verde
Commissioning Unit: Paraguay
Evaluation Plan: 2020-2024
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Paraguay
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 1
Related to conclusions n° 2, n° 4 and n° 5
Addressed to UNDP and MADES
Have a monitoring and reporting system for the work developed by the Platforms. The system should, in principle, describe activities and indicate progress towards greater sustainability in terms of conflict resolution and consensus building. In this regard, it is possible to take advantage of some instruments created within the framework of the Global Commodities Program such as the Ladder of Change.

Such an instrument monitors the incremental change of nine success criteria on a scale of 1 to 5:
? Representation of the Actors
? Actors' Attitudes Towards Dialogue
? Actors' Understanding and Attitude Towards Root Causes and Sensitive Issues
? Alignment of Interests of the Actors
? Commitment of the Executives
? Collective Action
? Financing
? Platform / Institutionalization
? Gender
It is recalled that the instrument is not formally institutionalized in the Green Communities Program but has already been used in some context of the program.
Monitoring of this type is very important also for communication issues between the implementing agency and the donor. The approach is new, it is not known how effective it can be in the short period of time to achieve results in the field. Documenting the consensus-building process makes it easier to understand what happened during a preceding funding cycle and allows for more realistic expectations for a successive funding cycle.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The final version of the LADDER OF CHANGE tool will be awaited, which will be ready in the second semester of 2021. Once the GCP internalizes the methodology for using the tool, it will be put into practice through the team that will drive the platform, which is in the process of being formed.
[Added: 2021/04/05]
PMU Green Chaco 2021/12 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 2
Related to conclusions n° 3 and n° 5
Addressed to UNDP and MADES
Introduce the issue of sustainability of the Commodity Platforms to its members, taking advantage of the fact that the platforms will continue to be financed by the Chaco Verde Project. The Global Commodities Program in this regard has developed in 2018 a “Guidance Note on National Commodity Platforms –sustainability and exit strategies”. This guide identifies institutional capacity and long-term financing as the central themes for developing a sustainability strategy for the Platforms.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
After the EF, on December 2, 2020, the proposal for institutionalization and financial sustainability of the platforms in Paraguay is presented to the members of the platform's board. Based on the review of the document, a meeting is suggested in January 2021 to retake and continue with the analysis of the document. In January 2021, unilateral meetings are held with the members of the platform board and everyone expresses their agreement on the content of the proposal, as well as with the intention of continuing with the platform process, although the Project closure. The need to designate a leading institution and a permanent secretariat is also established. On February 5, 2021, the board meeting is held, and two institutions propose to lead the platform, MAG and MADES, resulting MAG as the final candidate. The next steps would be one last meeting to formalize the designation of the lead institution and the formation of the secretariat (operative instance), as well as the elaboration of a work plan and the formation of the driving group (political instance) of the platforms.
[Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Rafael Gadea, Cesar Meden 2021/06 Completed In the Steering Committee last Meeting (February 05, 2021), the MAG has proposed to take the leadership of the Platform, but without concrete actions or support alternatives. Subsequently, MADES has proposed based on this, to exercise leadership and financial support to the Management Unit and concrete actions already established and has incorporated the structure of the Platform in the Projects to be implemented in its portfolio, where it will be necessary the Platform in the administration of Governance for them. It also has the consulting document commissioned by the Platform called: "Prepare a proposal to obtain the institutional and financial sustainability of the national, regional and departmental platforms of sustainable commodities" developed within the framework of the Green BAAPA Project (2020). History
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 3
Related to conclusions n° 1, n° 2 and n° 9
Addressed to UNDP and MADES
It is suggested that the work of the platforms be used to produce scientific knowledge in the field of promoting sustainability, building consensus and practical routes towards shared objectives through the involvement of interested academic institutions. The work of the platform as a process is itself an object of study and can be assimilated to a laboratory capable of generating inputs for the work of researchers in the social, political and economic sciences. This type of work, although not important for implementation purposes, is also necessary to foster debate on the 2030 Agenda at both the national and international levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This will depend on achieving continuity, institutionalization and sustainability of the platforms, and having a management structure that can allow the compilation and systematization of the information obtained. From the institutionalization of the platforms, it is planned to include other key stakeholders, such as the Paraguayan Institute of Agrarian Technology (IPTA), which whom activities of research in different areas can be coordinated. Likewise, FECOPROD plans to set out, in plenary session of the national platforms, several points or needs that must be discussed and addressed, both by government agencies, as well as by the productive sector itself. For example, the unification of definitions, criteria and regulations related to sustainable production.
[Added: 2021/04/05]
Rafael Gadea, Cesar Meden 2021/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 4
Related to conclusion n° 7
Addressed to UNDP, MADES and MAG
The process of operationalization of the action guidelines of the platforms is a favorable space for the strengthening of capacities. It is important to do an exercise from the very beginning to define who can finance the different actions within the actors of the platforms and to see which actions related to forest restoration and ecosystem connectivity should be implemented in cooperation with indigenous communities and small communities. In this way, it is possible, on the one hand, to advance with the negotiation work and improvements towards the sustainability of agricultural production systems, and on the other, in the typical period of time of development projects, that is, 5 years, to achieve more significant objectives in terms of environmental conservation. In addition, this type of exercise can visualize the degree of commitment of each actor to the conservation and restoration of ecosystems both in the short and medium term and therefore start a planning of interventions that take into account the real possibilities of private sector involvement.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Throughout the project implementation, several of the action guidelines identified in the action plans agreed between the key actors have been operationalized. Some of the actions carried out are: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Implementation, conservative roads, restoration of Protective Forests of Watercourses (PFWC) and the adjustment of the legal framework for it, etc. However, this process constitutes the core of the Platform’s role as drivers of change for the achievement of sustainability in the commodities productive chains. Once MAG takes on the leadership of the platforms, it is expected to have a meeting with their representatives and discuss the strategy that the institution has to promote the permanent secretariat and its financing, as well as the implementation of the work plan, to be drawn up within the driving group and be subsequently implemented. On Friday, March 2, it is planned to hold a meeting with MAG representatives to learn about the future implementation and financing strategy of the platforms.
[Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Rafael Gadea, Cesar Meden, Oscar Ferreiro y Amilcar Cazal 2021/06 Completed Faced with MADES 'proposal to exercise leadership to implement future actions related to the Plan and its future projects: “Payment for Results” and “FOLUR”, they will give continuity to the process of some prioritized actions during the current Projects. The importance of the Platform lies in having validated and agreed Action Plans as well as the liaison and relationship with the Stakeholders to implement actions from day #1 of the MADES Projects. History
5. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 5
Related to conclusion n° 11
Addressed to UNDP and MAG
Incorporate representatives of rural salaried workers in the operation of the Platforms. Although there is no reference union for the sector, it is very likely that there are formal or informal associations and groups promoting labour rights that deal with agriculture and livestock. The inclusion of these actors is very important for UNDP to fully comply with some of its principles of promoting human rights, governance for inclusive societies, gender equality and empowerment of women. The evaluation, therefore, suggests that a mapping be made of the groups and / or associations that represent the interests of workers in the agricultural sector at the national level. Then, the identified groups can be invited on specific occasions to give talks at Platform events to promote the interests of these actors.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Conditionally Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Although at the time of the project design and initiation phase, as well as during the mid-term evaluation, this point of incorporating rural salaried workers was not an identified issue, and on the other hand the FE did not identify to what specific groups of rural salaried workers they referred to or how their participation should take place. However, as a result of this recommendation and given of discussions that were already taking place in the working groups of the Chaco regional platform for sustainable meat, regarding the implementation of activities focused on improving the capacities of the staff of the ranches, as well as training in different areas to improve their professional and personal skills, it has been agreed with the Regional Consortiums of Agricultural Experimentation (CREA) the implementation of the School of Rural Equipment, which is a professional and personal training initiative for rural workers that work in ranches. This initiative consists of 8 chapters, which will be carried out in two areas of the Chaco (North and South). Likewise, it was agreed to carry out a mapping and systematization, not of associations/unions of workers (because there are none) but of the of rural employment characteristics, their organization, training representatives and obtaining their democratic representation in the Platforms. With these inputs, the incorporation of this segment to the different platforms, mainly departmental and regional, will be put under the consideration of the Board of the National Commodities Platform.
[Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Rafael Gadea and the Platform Team 2021/07 Completed A virtual symposium of 08 training modules was held for sustainable livestock producers to improve the capabilities of the ranch staff, as well as training in different areas to improve their professional and personal skills in alliance with CREA (https: // crea. org.py/) History
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 6
Related to conclusion n° 11
Addressed to UNDP
Update the SESP of the Green Chaco project to include as an economic-social risk the lack of representation and participation of salaried workers in the Platforms.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Green Chaco project SESP was updated and the lack of representation and participation of salaried workers in the Platforms will be included as a possible socio-economic risk. As mentioned in the previous point, it has been agreed with the Regional Consortiums of Agricultural Experimentation (CREA) the implementation of the School of Rural Equipment, which is a professional and personal training initiative for rural workers that work in ranches. This initiative consists of 8 chapters, which will be carried out in two areas of the Chaco (North and South). Likewise, it was agreed to carry out a mapping and systematization, not of associations/unions of workers (because there are none) but of the of rural employment characteristics, their organization, training representatives and obtaining their democratic representation in the Platforms. With these inputs, the incorporation of this segment to the different platforms, mainly departmental and regional, will be put under the consideration of the Board of the National Commodities Platform.
[Added: 2021/04/05] [Last Updated: 2021/08/10]
Rafael Gadea and Green Chaco team 2021/06 Completed The Green Chaco project SESP was updated, and the implementation of the Regional Consortiums of Agricultural Experimentation (CREA) workshop began, which is an initiative of professional and personal training for rural workers. At the same time, taking into account that in discussions with the social work group from the platform, they identify the need to support the improvement of working conditions, that’s why they works with the Ministry of Justice and Labor to carry out a campaign for employees and employers on the rights and responsibilities that each one has, in both cases, the existence and the compliance with the law. All this, within the framework of the platform. History
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation n° 7
Related to conclusions n° 4 and n° 7
Addressed to UNDP
When new initiatives are formulated, with characteristics similar to the evaluated Project, it is important to identify risks and valid assumptions and define indicators that are within the scope of the Project during its implementation period. If a work is proposed with the productive sector, it is therefore important to limit the indicators to the changes that can be promoted in the supply of a given commodity. Indicators that measure achievements in the demand for a commodity are very ambitious and difficult to achieve during the term of a 5-year project. In addition, when a project has both a productive and environmental objective, it is preferable to envision, already in ProDoc, a two-way strategy that allows the achievement of the objectives through the involvement of the private sector and through typical UNDP implementation mechanisms, i.e. support to environmental NGOs, small producers and indigenous communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/03/02] [Last Updated: 2021/04/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
MADES has suggested that the project team should work closely with the group of consultants who are designing the new GEF project (FOLUR). Thus, the project team has been and continues to be in permanent contact with the group of consultants who are designing the referred project. Considerable emphasis has been placed on the first point, on identifying risks and valid assumptions, as well as on defining indicators that can be achieved during the project's duration. Implementing Grants with organizations that have experience and work specifically, both in environmental and productive aspects at different levels, has also been recommended.
[Added: 2021/04/05]
Rafael Gadea/Veronique Gerard 2021/12 Initiated

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