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Mid-term Evaluation of Support to Host Communities Affected by the Rohingya Influx Project (SHARIP)
Commissioning Unit: Bangladesh
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2022
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bangladesh
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Given the constraints of education level, time, and resources at the farmers level, the project may develop some integrated packages combining different items of crops, poultry, livestock, aquaculture, and agroforestry based on available resources of farmers, develop package-based curriculum and deliver training in FFS in package based interested learning groups. This is to create more learning options for the FFS members, which may make farmers' life easier to concentrate on package-based learning only instead of a complex integration of all items and apply the same in individual farmers’ cases by developing individual IFM plans.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

It would be beneficial to include a package-based learning curriculum and training modules for the IFM-FFS beneficiaries. This package would be integrated into the next phase of SHARIP project with more extensive geographical coverage.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 The project will develop customized and demand-based learning and training modules
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, Technical Focal Person, IFM-FFS Expert 2023/04 Not Initiated
1.2 The project will help farmers to develop individual farmers’ IFM plans.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, Technical Focal Person, IFM-FFS Expert 2023/10 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

The follow-up and backstopping support at the farmers’ level need to be increased to ensure proper adoption of the knowledge and improved technologies learned in the FFS. This follow-up should continue at least for a cropping season, i.e. from seed to seed, to ensure that farmers can harvest the increased production in a cropping season.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

The ground-level technical and other project staff along with different frontline government officials will enhance more follow-up footprints and backstopping supports. The Farmer Facilitators, who are mainly the model farmers and key players for household and community-based IFM-FFS, will have more such support during and after the completion of the project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Robust monitoring and coordination plan will be developed by the project team in collaboration with hill district councils
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, IFM-FFS coordinator, M&E 2023/07 Not Initiated
2.2 The project team will conduct proper follow-up support during different copping sessions.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, IFM-FFS coordinator, M&E 2023/12 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

The FFs being the resource developed by the project, can play a proactive role in transferring technology from FFS to farmers' fields, and hence they can be engaged in regular follow-up at individual farmers' levels. Their remuneration package may be revised to include follow-up responsibilities at the farmers’ level. They need advanced training to perform extension work efficiently at the farmers’ level.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

FFs are the model farmers in the community level, where they play an important role in enhancing household level income in many ways. The project is thinking of increasing their remuneration, considering the current local market and demand, and other engagement at household and community interventions. They will be trained in advance on agricultural services and extension too.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 In the new phase of SHARIP project, more FFs will be hired to implement IFM-FFS activities.
[Added: 2022/08/24] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
NPM, SMT, project team 2023/09 Not Initiated A new DANIDA fund will be added to this project in 2023. Thus, the project is waiting to initiate this activity. History
3.2 The project will arrange advanced training on agricultural services and extension for FFs.
[Added: 2022/08/24] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
NPM, SMT, project team 2023/09 Not Initiated A new DANIDA fund will be added to this project in 2023. Thus, the project is waiting to initiate this activity. History
4. Recommendation:

To engage FFS farmers in improved farming practices and agroforestry and to promote sustainable production practices, the farmers need to be supported with additional seed capital. The project may consider paying a handsome amount to the beneficiary farmers after receiving FFS training (not simply as training incentive), which could be invested to improve existing agricultural production activities or to add new farming components.  In case of the constraint of project funds, the farmers need to be linked with MFI or bank for micro-financing.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

The project will try to include Micro Finance Institutes or banks to connect farmers for additional seed money for improved agricultural practices. In addition to this, local government and hill district councils will be instrumental in facilitating this financial engagement.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The project will prepare a joint action plan for utilizing additional seed money with the help of the ministry and three hill district councils.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/10 Not Initiated
4.2 Advocacy will take place to secure an additional government fund to be allocated.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/10 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Agriculture inputs feed for cattle, and water management is the necessary factors to diversify production and increase yield. These supports need to be continued and expanded. Thus, issues of availability of inputs at affordable prices after the project end must be considered, and, when suitable, the possibility of developing local alternatives to expensive or unavailable inputs, e.g., organic fertilizer production, integrated pest management, or unconventional livestock feed, need to be explored.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

The project will try to connect with the agricultural input sellers after the project ends, so that beneficiaries can benefit from it. Moreover, other sub-projects of SID-CHT may be connected with those input sellers for its future sustainability.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 The project will prepare a LoA with hill district councils for connecting those input sellers for future services.
[Added: 2022/08/24] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/09 Not Initiated The government will start providing funds from the next fiscal year, July 2023. After receiving the fund this activity will start. History
5.2 A database of input sellers will be prepared for future services and communications
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2022/12 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

There is scope to rebuild the project link with the government line departments (DAE, DLS, DoF) based on technical services to add more value to the current integrated farming practices of the FFS farmers and not only based on monitoring services. There is a strong need to have ‘technological exchange’ with the non-FFS farmers through government line departments, and exchange of updated government promoted new farming technologies to the FFS farmers. The project may make that collaborative arrangement with the line departments so that more functional linkage is established and FFS farmers can access more technical support services of the line departments. FFS being members of the Farmers/ producer groups formed by DAE can play an active role in the technological exchange between FFS and non-FFS farmers groups under guided supervision from both project and DAE.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

The project will make different arrangements with various government line departments to enhance non-IFM-FFS members and households' capacity to increase the geographical coverage. Even, the project will try to use the spill-over effects of IFM-FFS activities throughout the project intervention areas.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 The project will include IFM-FFS related activities in its next phase.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/08 Initiated History
6.2 The project will develop a proper plan for “technological Exchange” with other projects.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/04 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

The collection point is a good approach. It is necessary to establish more collection points in Bandarban District to reduce hard work to reach the marketplace. In Cox’s Bazar, the collaborative arrangement may be made with other implementing agencies to establish collection points in the remote rural area, where access to the local market is restricted or difficult. The input sellers should also be linked with collection points, and storage, sorting, and packaging facilities need to be increased so that the farmers can get one-stop marketing services from the collection points.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

The project has planned to establish more collection points throughout the CHT areas, considering the remoteness and lack of accessibility. Those new collection points will be linked with input sellers and other commercial entities for increasing the selling options and income. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 The project will mobilize resources to establish more collection points.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/12 Not Initiated
7.2 A network for collection points will be developed.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/12 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

The project is required to consider water scarcity problems in CHT, particularly in Lama and Alikadam, to plan homestead based agroforestry development and find the solution of this problem in consultation with the Forest department, particularly in selecting species for water stress areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

Chittagong Hill Tracts Watershed Co-Management Activity (CHTWCA) is a sub-project of SID-CHT providing substantial supports to CHT farmers to keep water for agriculture and household uses. Even, watershed management in CHT is one of the main focuses for ecological restoration as well as agro-based initiatives that is linked with the Forest Department.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 The project will develop an action plan in collaboration with the Forest Department to address water scarcity issues prevailing in the CHT.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, Forest Department 2022/12 Initiated
9. Recommendation:

A co-management system consisting of GoB, local community, and non-government or social organizations needs to be established in collaboration with the forest department for growing community-level agroforestry.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed.

The project has already started working on the co-management system in collaboration with the local government, community and Forest Department in CHT areas. The Village Common Forest (VCF) is one of the key interventions in the SID-CHT which is helping to create co-management system for watershed, agriculture and agroforestry.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1 LoA will be signed with the hill district councils and the Forest Department on co-management system.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team 2023/05 Initiated
9.2 A network of VCF co-management will be established, where they can share their own experience for collective development.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team 2023/05 Not Initiated
10. Recommendation:

The project is using already existing and organically formed youth forums for organizing different events to increase social cohesion, which could be a potential body to carry on these activities in the future. However, the Youth Forums need to have structure at the Upazila level, and their activities need to be organized to ensure continued engagement in issues such as GBV, early marriage, drugs, human trafficking, etc. and the promotion of more social cohesion and harmony between the host community and Rohingyas. To ensure the sustainability of the youth-related activities, the linkage should be developed between the youth and other social organizations and youth clubs. The youth/Youth Forums can assist LVMF in mitigating social conflicts through the guided awareness-raising program in the host community.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

To ensure sustainability,  the project will engage with more youth forums along with other forums.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1 Sign MoU with different forums
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/10 Not Initiated
10.2 College and university students will be included in this forum for greater impact on community development
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/10 Not Initiated
11. Recommendation:

The martial art and self-defence skills training should be extended to adolescent girls and young women against gender-based violence and is likely to have a wider impact in terms of confidence-building to protest against GBV if high school girls and interested working women can be included under this program.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

Yes, this project is trying to include high schools for having greater impacts on martial arts and self-defence. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1 Martial art and self-defense skills trainings will be incorporated in the new phase of project.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/09 Not Initiated
11.2 The project will include working women in martial arts and self-defence after conducting a local consultation meeting.
[Added: 2022/08/24]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/09 Not Initiated
12. Recommendation:

LVMF is working on the spirit of volunteerism for conflict mitigation and peace building and is mitigating social conflicts with a friendly and informal approach. This approach should be continued to build relations with the community and gain their trust. LVMF as an informal voluntary organization, should remain confined to the mediation of micro-level social conflicts among the host communities and should not be involved in dealing with any sensitive criminal activities between host and Rohingya communities. However, in consideration of the sustainability of LVMF activities, the project may consider registration of LVMF with Social Service Department to have its legal mandate and link up its activities with LGIs and other social institutions. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Not Agreed

The registration of Local Volunteer Mediator Forums (LVMFs), under the Department of Social Welfare, is desired neither by the donor nor the implementing partner. In addition, this is not an approved activity and has no connection to the project's theory of change. That is why the project has disagreed with the recommendation.

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

The project team could do a final round of participatory reviews and plan with the communities, which is supposed to feed into the next planning cycle. It is important to ensure the awareness, readiness, and capacity of FFS members so that at least FFS introduced through the project will continue. At the programme level, for a “Sustainable” increase in food security, the project will have to work on issues like water management and developing common property resources. During the remaining period of the project, the team should try to strengthen the existing FFS groups and systems, improve the intervention process and discuss strategies for moving forward sustainably.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/08/24]

Agreed

This is a prime need to strengthen the IFM-FFS groups and systems, improve the intervention process and develop exist strategy. The project has already provided some HR costs to hill district councils where the government fund will execute their interventions. This strengthening of capacity building and group management will be robust in its next phase and the rest of the implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1 The project has developed an exit strategy with the help of the Ministry of CHT Affairs on how to continue the IFM-FFS activities in CHT. Meanwhile, the ministry has allocated a fund in their annual programme to continue the IFM-FFS activities.
[Added: 2022/08/24] [Last Updated: 2022/11/27]
NPM, SMT, project team, MoCHTA 2023/09 Initiated The government will add more funds in July 2023 to continue the IFM-FFS activities in the project’s areas. History

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