Project Brief

    The IAPP has 4 components: (i) Technology Generation; (ii) Technology Adoption; (iii) Water Management; and (iv) Technical Assistance for Capacity Development (referred to as IAPP TA). The first 3 components are referred to as the ‘direct investment’ components. Their total budget is USD 63.55 million (with USD 46.31 million from GAFSP). They are implemented by a Project Management Unit under the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and are supervised by the World Bank. The technical assistance component (IAPP TA) of USD 3.69 million is supervised and implemented by FAO.  

    The overall objective of the IAPP is to sustainably enhance productivity of agriculture (crop, livestock and fisheries) in two agro-ecologically constrained and economically depressed areas — Rangpur and Barisal. 
     
    The objective of the TA component, however, is beyond that of increased productivity. IAPP TA aims to strengthen capacities to manage a country-led and inclusive process for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating investment operations in agriculture and food and nutrition security. 
     
    The duration of IAPP TA is from September 2011 to August 2015.
     

     

    Project Background

    Food and nutrition security in Bangladesh faces many challenges. These include climate change, scarce natural resources, high rates of poverty and malnutrition, and vulnerability to external shocks. Effective investment in agriculture and food and nutrition security is needed in order to address these mounting challenges. 

    In 2010, Bangladesh developed its Country Investment Plan (CIP) in Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition. The CIP was endorsed by the Government and its Development Partners (DPs) as the main tool for investing in agriculture, food security and nutrition. The CIP is comprehensive and has a coherent set of priority investment programmes to improve food security in an integrated way. For investment operations under the CIP to attain their desired impact, capacities for planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating these operations need strengthening.
     
    The National Forum – Improving the CIP, of 20 March 2011 confirmed this dramatic need both to strengthen public capacities in delivering investment operations and to strengthen farmers’ organizations (FOs) so they can play a more active role in investment operations. This is the basis upon which this component of the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) was formulated. 
     

    The CIP greatly contributed to Bangladesh’s success in receiving funds from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). The GAFSP was launched in April 2010 as a funding mechanism for the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI). In June 2010 Bangladesh received USD 50 million from the GAFSP for the IAPP.

     

    Integrated Agriculture Productivity Project

    The Technical Assistance Component of the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project aims to develop capacities of state and non-state actors in investment programming in agriculture and food and nutrition security.


    What is capacity development?

    Capacity development is a combination of tools used to help improve people's ability to do what they need to do - in this case: investing in agriculture, food security and nutrition.

    Capacity development tools include:

      • Training
      • Study tours
      • National exchange visits
      • Mentoring
      • Workshops
      • Higher education (PhDs, Masters)


    What is investment programming?

    The investment programming cycle refers to the planning, coordination and delivery of investment projects. Investment projects, in this case, in agriculture and food and nutrition security, could be investments in infrastructure, irrigation, agricultural extension, institutions, agricultural research, or nutrition education, to give some examples.

     

    Project Activities

     IAPP TA activities are organized into 3 areas:

    1. Developing capacities to design, implement, monitor and evaluate investment operations in agriculture and food and  nutrition security;
    2. Developing capacities in technical areas related to investment operations, specifically irrigation and water management, seed sector quality assurance and integration of nutrition into agricultural investments; and
    3. Improving inclusiveness and increased participation of key stakeholders, including those from the farming community, in investment project design and implementation processes.
     
    The types of activities are as follows:
     

    Needs assessments to identify institutional bottlenecks and constraints to successful investment operations;

    Short and medium term training courses (in country and abroad) on relevant topics, including monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder mobilization and participatory approaches, results-based project design, financial management and procurement, nutrition, irrigation and water management and seed sector quality assurance; 

    Study tours to successful projects and organizations in other countries;

    Higher education (PhDs and Masters) in areas relevant to investment planning and programming;

    Development and dissemination of relevant guidelines and tools for investment projects;

    Mentoring of staff from key Government offices;

    Regional level dialogue workshops;

    National exchange visits between farmers organizations;

    Organizational and leadership development support for strengthening farmers’ organizations; 

    Information campaigns, including community meetings with farmers, to share information on investment programming and how communities can become more involved, as well as the development and dissemination of promotional materials.

     
    IAPP TA carefully evaluates its capacity building initiatives through learning assessment tools. These include pre-event evaluations, end-of-event evaluations and post-event evaluations (6 months after the event).  This helps us assess the relevance and effectiveness of our interventions. We can easily understand to which extent expectations of participants were met, and to which extent participants have applied the acquired knowledge and skills in their work.
     


     

    Stakeholders & Target Benefiaciaries

    The ultimate beneficiaries of the IAPP TA are the 60+ million people in Bangladesh who are food insecure and suffer from malnutrition. The direct recipients of capacity development activities are as follows: 

    Managerial and technical Government staff involved in designing and implementing agriculture and food and nutrition security investments.They come from the planning, policy and technical divisions of:

    • The Ministry of Agriculture
    • The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock
    • The Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division
    • The Economic Relations Division
    • The Planning Commission
    • The Ministry of Food
    • And the relevant Departments under these Ministries and Divisions

     

    Farmers’ Organizations (FOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other relevant private sector partners.

     

     

Activities

  • STUDY TOUR FOR BANGLADESHI FARMERS' ORGANIZATION LEADERS TO THE PHILIPPINES

    IAPP TA organized a Study Tour for...

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    STUDY TOUR FOR BANGLADESHI FARMERS' ORGANIZATION LEADERS TO THE PHILIPPINES

    IAPP TA organized a Study Tour for Bangladeshi Farmers’ Organization Leaders to the Philippines. The delegation visited PAKISAMA, a national farmers’ organization in the Philippines, in order to learn about their successes and challenges in federating at the national level. The tour took place from the 1st to the 7th of June 2013. The delegation consisted of 12 farmers’ organization leaders, a representative from the IAPP and the FAO facilitation team. Read More...

  • NATIONAL FEDERATED FARMERS' ORGANIZATION SHARING WORKSHOP

    IAPP TA organized a Federated Farmers' Organization ...

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    NATIONAL FEDERATED FARMERS’ ORGANIZATION SHARING WORKSHOP

    IAPP TA organized a Federated Farmers’ Organization Sharing Workshop, which brought together representatives of organizations that were identified by the farmers’ organization mapping to have made progress towards sustainability and federation, in order to facilitate further development. 

    Participants wereleaders and facilitators of federated and/or mature farmers’ organizations (FOs), as well as the nascent Livelihood Field Schools of theIAPP. The workshop created a positive, forward momentum among the participating organizations. It served as a forum where they could share their experiences, learn from each other, and raise their concerns. Participants have since developed rapport with other FOs which is leading to a network of FO leaders. Read More...

  • MAPPING AND CAPACITY ASSESSMENT OF FARMERS' ORGANIZATIONS IN BANGLADESH

    The IAPP TA team conducted a mapping...

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    MAPPING AND CAPACITY ASSESSMENT OF FARMERS' ORGANIZATIONS IN BANGLADESH

    "In September 2012 IAPP TA organized a training course on Good Agricultural Governance with a focus on smallholder farmers. This training was the first of its kind in Bangladesh and brought together participants from the private sector, Government, and of course farmers' organizations. Read More...

  • COSTAB/FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TRAINING

    IAPP TA organized a training course in COSTAB......

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    COSTAB/FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TRAINING

    IAPP TA organized a training course in COSTAB and Financial and Economic Analysis. A total of 15 participants joined from different ministries and relevant departments. The training covered concepts and tools for project costing, particularly COTAB, as well as basic concepts of financial and economic analysis. Participants came from a variety of government organizations, including the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, the Department of Agriculture Extension, the Department of Fisheries, the Economic Relations Division, the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division, the Agriculture, Water Resources and Rural Institutions Division, the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation and the IAPP. Read More...

  • GOOD AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE TRAINING

    IAPP TA organized a training course on Good ...

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    GOOD AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE TRAINING

    IAPP TA organized a training course on Good Agricultural Governance with a focus on smallholder farmers.This training was the first of its kind in Bangladesh and brought together participants from the private sector, Government, and of course farmers' organizations. The concept of good governance is widely discussed nowadays, however agricultural governance is a new topic for many. The objective of the training was to assist all stakeholders working in the field of agriculture at micro/macro levels in developing their capacity to ensure active participation of all stakeholders in enhancing agricultural governance in the crop sector, to support the effective functioning of institutions, the application of technologies and scientific innovations... Read More...

  • PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

    IAPP TA organized a Workshop on Project Cycle Management in partnership ...

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    PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

    IAPP TA organized a Workshop on Project Cycle Management in partnership with IMA International and the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC). The workshop brought together mid-level government officials involved in different stages of the project cycle.It took place at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) campus inSavar. The purpose of the workshop was to collectively assess current project cycle management (PCM) in Bangladesh in order to identify strengths, weaknesses, challenges and needs as well as possible future interventions for capacity development to strengthen result based PCM. Read More...

  • MONITORING &EVALUATION KNOWLEDGE SHARING NETWORK

    Following the M&E course in July 2012, IAPP TA ...

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    MONITORING &EVALUATION KNOWLEDGE SHARING NETWORK

    Following the M&E course in July 2012, IAPP TA has facilitated the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Knowledge Sharing Network within the Government. The network is active and meets regularly.The aim of the network is to improve monitoring and evaluation (M&E) within the government of Bangladesh by sharing best practices between M&E practitioners in different ministries and departments. The network currently has approximately 10 members and is looking to open up to other government officers. Read More...