The Agribusiness Project
The five-year, $90 million Pakistan Agribusiness Project (TAP), funded by USAID/Pakistan, strengthened local capacity within key value chains to increase sales in domestic and foreign markets. From 2011 to 2016, the project bolstered economic growth, created employment opportunities and amplified the competitiveness of horticulture and livestock value chains. TAP also increased the effectiveness of smallholder enterprises, enhanced agriculture productivity and was the first USAID economic growth program led by a Pakistani organization, the Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF).
As ASF’s stateside partner, CNFA assisted ASF in strengthening grant management, accounting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation and environmental and information management systems and procedures, as well as providing technical assistance for the development of horticulture and livestock value chains.
- Supported with Technical Assistance: CNFA provided capacity-building support to farmers, associations and agribusiness enterprises across the target value chains.
- Provided Grant Funding: Through TAP, CNFA customized cost-sharing grant products across the key value chains.
- Improved Agribusiness Marketing: Provided international support for agricultural marketing and brand development to identify and capitalize on high-price market opportunities and develop linkages.
- Promoted Sub-Sector Development: CNFA established several “Value Chain Platforms: to promote the development of specific subsectors and create linkages between the stakeholders involved in value chains.
Monitoring and Evaluation and Data Collection: CNFA provided technical support regarding USAID regulations, baseline studies, participatory rapid horticulture and livestock appraisal assessments, gender analysis, data collection tools, development of indicators and training project staff in development evaluation to comply with ASF’s Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP). This included designing the activity reporting formats, developing the data entry, analysis and reporting software and defining the data in-and-outflow mechanism. This assistance also included efforts to build the capacity of TAP regional teams in the operation of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems.
Environmental Compliance: CNFA helped ensure that the project and its associated grant activities complied with USAID environmental regulations. This cooperative effort drew on CNFA’s experience in knowledge management, compliance, M&E studies and reporting environmental impacts of project interventions. CNFA spearheaded the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Agribusiness Project, which involved identifying potential environmental and social issues that could develop as a result of project activities. As a result of CNFA’s technical assistance on the EA, USAID approval was obtained, clearing the way for large grants. CNFA also helped ASF by training regional M&E staff and developing an environmental compliance system that incorporated USAID’s approval for grant activities.
Geographical Information System (GIS) and Management Information System (MIS): The CNFA GIS team provided technical support to the Agribusiness Project by developing GIS maps reflecting project regions, value chains, activity sites and beneficiaries. In addition to developing more than 300 maps, the CNFA team used Google Earth to create animated video tours for the targeted value chains. GIS support in the design, implementation and monitoring of the project accomplished the following:
- Mapped project interventions and beneficiaries across the targeted value chains and regions.
- Provided environmental screening on project activities.
- Tracked project progress on activities and performance indicators.
- Identified value chain clusters with respect to regions and value chain actors including producers, processors, market agents and service providers.
- Located exact locations of project beneficiaries and grantees.
CNFA also initiated the development of a Geographical Information-based Decision Support System, available on- and offline for project data management to provide centralized information readily available to all relevant stakeholders. CNFA supported the Agribusiness Project in its development, maintenance and transfer of M&E and information technology systems for impact assessment and reporting to a web-based, integrated management information system (IMIS). This system automated the functions of human resources, finance, procurement, grants management, M&E and GIS to increase the efficiency of internal communication and improve decision-making capacity of management.
Capacity Building: CNFA provided technical assistance and capacity building for both TAP staff and beneficiaries. The CNFA Capacity Building Advisor assisted TAP in various project components, including short-listing business development service providers for a more comprehensive TAP capacity building grant. CNFA’s team supported needs assessments, drafting of scopes of work and the development of implementation plans for a capacity development program for Farm Service Centers (FSCs) in FATA, a market linkages program between National Food Limited and progressive red chili farmers and a capacity development program for representatives of the horticulture and livestock value chains in the AJK region. Additionally, CNFA assisted ASF in organizing exposure visits for representatives of the FSCs from FATA.