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Mid-term Review of the Cambodia Export Diversification and Expansion Program (CEDEP II Cassava Component)
Commissioning Unit:Cambodia
Evaluation Plan:2016-2018
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date:06/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Cambodia
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: The mid-term review suggests that the project needs to request for additional time to complete all its activities as planned.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/09/18] [Last Updated: 2017/11/25]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Request for project no-cost extension submitted to the donor, EIF.
[Added: 2017/11/25]
Project Team/UNDP 2017/05 Completed The request for extension was submitted to EIF and the approval of the extension up to 31 Dec 2017 received in mid May 2017.
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2:

Considering that the project is going to end soon, and the project resources is limited, the MTR suggests that the project budget needs to be used wisely to target areas where matter most for the sector and that is doable under the scope of the project. 5 scenarios are provided for consideration.

 

The project focuses its interventions using the combination of some scenarios provided under the MTR (as also conclude by the MTR in the recommendation parts): 1) support the sector policy development; 2) focus on wrapping up project activities namely the support to association; and 3) support using value chain approach to enhance access to more diversified market for more diversified (higher value added) Cambodia cassava product.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/25]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Support the development of cassava policy - Establish the cassava working group - Support drafting the national cassava sector policy
[Added: 2017/11/25] [Last Updated: 2018/05/18]
MoC (Policy Development Unit)/ Project Team/UNDP 2017/12 Completed -- The prakas on cassava working group was issued; - The steering committee who will play role to support the policy development for the sector was formed and the first meeting was held. - A team of consultants to support the generation of technical input for sector policy development was mobilized and has been in the process of developing technical input for the sector policy. - Technical draft of cassava policy was produced in December 2017.
2.2. Wrapping up project activities -Produce an export manual - Support on contract farming - Conduct a SPS study - Produce a market penetration strategy - Produce communication materials - Organize a cassava investment forum
[Added: 2017/11/25] [Last Updated: 2018/05/18]
Project Team/UNDP 2017/12 Completed - The export manual, SPS, contract farming model produced; - Consultants were recruited and the communication material produced; - Market penetration strategy was produced; - The concept notes and plan to organize cassava investment forum were produced and the forum took place in November 2017 with participation of farmers, processors, exporters, buyers and other key stakeholders in the Government and private sector.
2.3. Support to enhance access to diversified market for diversified Cambodia cassava product - Identification of the potential markets for direct export of Cambodia higher value-added product (other than chip) – Native starch; - Market access strategy developed; - connection with potential buyer globally and particularly to at least one of the potential market identified established; - compendium of knowledge on the market requirements, such as SPS, of those specific markets produced, and training provided to the key project beneficiaries namely private sector, farmers association, relevant entities having responsibility to enable market access. - Follow up plan after the project end (exit strategy) will put in place and hand over the relevant initiatives/agencies.
[Added: 2017/11/25] [Last Updated: 2018/05/18]
Project Team/UNDP 2017/12 Completed - Potential markets for cassava identified and market penetration strategy developed; - Connection with buyers is initiated by bringing global/reginal buyers to meet local suppliers of Cambodia cassava through Cambodia Cassava Business and Investment Forum which was organized in November 2017; - Compendium of the knowledge product for market access and training provided to the target beneficiaries; - Exit strategy is developed and implemented.
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3:

An exit strategy should be based on the following principles: build stakeholders’ capacity, design at a minimum a roadmap for a cassava policy formulation process, and ensure knowledge transmission and remanence given the valuable information produced by the project, keep networking lead stakeholders.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/25]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Development of project Exit Strategy and link the relevant intervention/actions areas to the relevant agencies/entities.
[Added: 2017/11/25]
Project Team/UNDP 2017/10 Completed - The project Exit Strategy was developed , and implemented in parallel.

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