By Nwanz Okidegbe
This sourcebook presents sensible counsel to policymakers and application planners in international locations and to improvement organizations on the right way to perform or aid an agricultural region program—from preliminary discussions, to constructing this system notion, to securing huge stakeholder involvement, to implementation. It explains the explanations why nations might need to adopt a area or subsector application and describes the stipulations that could aid make sure the program's luck; offers information on how one can formulate a region approach and convey approximately institutional reforms; makes a speciality of middle public quarter actions in response to an in depth expenditure evaluate; and indicates methods of encouraging donors to interact lower than the management of the accomplice kingdom govt.
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Some countries may lack capacity to plan and execute the program: experience to date shows that this is the major obstacle to ASP success. Countries lacking capacity should devote the first the initial phase of the program to reforming institutions and building capacity. Capacity for financial management and monitoring and evaluation is especially important. Countries should also keep their early programs relatively simple, focusing on a few core activities, and undertaking further tasks as their capacity expands.
ASP is a country's medium-term development program in the agricultural sector, covering the entire sector or key subsectors. Its core functions will vary among countries depending on factors such as the role of the private sector in the economy, the extent of market failure, the stage of economic reform and the like. ASP core functions could include but are not limited to: Policy and legislation Regulation and quality control Information services Provision of extension services to smallholder farmers Research priority setting Disease and pest control Development and protection of the natural resource base Coordination of sectoral development Private sector support rural infrastructure.
The principal secretary responsible for the sector generally appoints the chairperson, although the minister may also take this responsibility. The principal secretary generally appoints the task force members. 9 Box 3 Task Force Appointments The importance of appointing suitable persons to the task force cannot be overemphasized. In several cases the main causes for a prolonged (and expensive) preparation process can be traced to poor leadership and indecisiveness of the task force and its chairperson.
Agriculture Sector Programs: Sourcebook (World Bank Technical Paper) by Nwanz Okidegbe