March 16, 2016 Kathmandu Nepal — More than Two years have passed since the launch of the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase 2 (MTCP2), a five-year capacity building program for farmers organizations in Asia Pacific. It is time to look back at what has been achieved so far and time to look at the future .
Thus, a mid term review (MTR) mission has been organized by development partners International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the The MTR’s main objective is to review the performance and progress in the implementation of the programme by RIA, SRIAs and NIAs with a view to: (i) improve programme performance and re-orient the project to better achieve the set objectives if needed; and (ii) contribute to lessons learning and tacking stock of best practices.
The MTR Mission Team is now covering the South Asia program – visiting FO implementors and partners in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh , India and Nepal, from March 7 till March 19. The Team for South Asia is composed of Ernst Luz as Team Leader focusing on the overall program implementation assessment; Mr. Edilberto Angeles, focusing on financial management related issues; and Mr. Peter Situ, a specialist on FOs. The Team is accompanied by Ms. Lany Rebagay, Ms. Maru Ventura and Ms. Esther Penunia, from Regional Implementing Agency (RIA) – AFA, and Dr. Keshab Khadka from Sub Regional Implementing Agency (SRIA) South Asia-All Nepal Peasant Federation Association.
The MTCP2 aims to strengthen the capacities of farmers organizations (FOs) in Asia and the Pacific to deliver better, improved and inclusive services to their members and to engage in effective dialogues with governments, thereby making FOs more viable, responsive and accountable to their members, more respected by their partners and with greater participation in policy-making and program implementation processes of governments and IFAD country operations. Its primary beneficiaries are smallholder farmers who are current or potential members of participating FOs. Its main participants are 150 FOs representing 20 million small-scale farming families in 17 countries in South Asia, South-east Asia + China and the Pacific.