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2016 SFOAP Supervision mission in Western Africa

The third IFAD supervision mission of the SFOAP main phase in the Western Africa region took place from the 21st to the 29th July 2016. The objective of the mission was to critically review the implementation of the Programme by ROPPA and their national member organisations (NFOs) and to review progress against the recommendations of the Mid-Term Review. The mission also aimed at providing any implementation support possibly needed by the regional organisation, and mapping out the domains in which further support might be needed.

The team was composed of the IFAD Task Manager, SFOAP Analyst, and two independent Consultants (specialised in the provision of economic services and a financial management respectively), and was accompanied by Mr Rostaing Akoha, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff of ROPPA.

The mission spent 6 days in Burkina Faso, where consultations were held with the ROPPA and the Confédération Paysanne du Faso (CPF), including a field visit to the Union Provinciale des Professionnels Agricoles du Houet (UPPA/H), member of the Fédération des Professionnels Agricoles du Burkina (FEPA/B) (CPF member), and 3 days in Togo, visiting  Coordination Togolaise des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs Agricoles (CTOP) and two of their members (the Centrale des Producteurs de Céréales - CPC and the Union des Coopératives de Pêche Maritime - UNICOOPEMA). 

The team also met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Water (MAEH) of Togo, the coordinators of IFAD investment projects and  the agricultural programmes of the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), as well as representatives from Inter-réseaux.

According to the mission, the implementation of SFOAP activities is moderately satisfactory. The major challenges faced by the ROPPA are linked to financial management, the linkages between the financial and physical implementation (the cumulative SFOAP financial execution by ROPPA represents 49,6% of the total budget), the balance in the implementation of the three components (e.g. with over-expenditures for Component 1), and the ROPPA’s planning capacity. The mission particularly recommended ROPPA to develop a roadmap for the implementation of SFOAP until the end of 2018, specifying activities to be implemented by components and subcomponents, resources by categories and the responsibilities within the Executive Secretariat and NFOs. 

Almost half of the recommendations from the MTR were implemented by ROPPA (e.g. the recruitment of M&E staff), although the Director of Finances has yet to be recruited, which negatively impacted the operations of the financial service.

In terms of the progress of activities under the different components, under Component 1 – Institutional Strengthening, ROPPA organised three meetings for the development of the strategic documents of the regional frameworks for livestock, fisheries and rice. Moreover, ROPPA has supported the Association Nationale des Organisations Professionnelles Agricoles de Côte d'Ivoire (ANOPACI) for the finalization of a programme on rice.Also, relevant progress was made in terms of communication with the renewal of the ROPPA’s website, the use of a very lively Facebook page, and the regular publication of an information bulletin.The share of staff salaries covered by SFOAP is not declining as was agreed within the MTR in 2015. 

Under Component 2 – Policy Engagement, advancements were made in the context of the Observatoire sur les exploitations familiales, with the organisation of a meeting of the NFOs’ focal points in Thies allowing to discuss about the contents for the development of a guide for data gathering.  Also, meetings of the College des Femmes enabled to revise their strategic plan for the period 2016-2018 and identify strategies for funds mobilisation.

Within Component 3 – Provision of Economic Services, since 2014, 7 out of 8 NFOs recruited key staff (CNIEP) to support the initiatives for the development of economic services of their members. Their support has yielded promising results, particularly in Togo, where 200 business plans were developed, enabling some FOs to have access to credit facilities. Unfortunately, the CNIEP late payment combined with unattractive remuneration led to the resignation of three CNIEP.

A total of 23 economic initiatives were also capitalized. The second call was launched in June 2016 and a workshop, held in Ouagadougou in May 2016, enabled the network to identify strategic themes for further reflection: (i) scaling up; (ii) the development of partnerships; (iii) the development of training modules for the Farmers’ University; (iv) advocacy.

During the meeting with IFAD country representatives and country programmes, spaces for collaboration and for the development of synergies were explored and it was decided to continue bilateral discussions between IFAD supported projects and the concerned NFOs.

Please consult the full report from the mission by downloading the document below (available in French only).

 

 

 

 

 

from 21/07/2016 to 29/07/2016
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Gender, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Natural resources, Policy Dialogue
Region: West Africa