2016 SFOAP Supervision mission in Central Africa
The third IFAD supervision mission of the SFOAP main phase in Central Africa took place from 11 to 21 September 2016. The objective of the mission was to critically review the implementation of the Programme by the PROPAC 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 SFOAP Analyst and Financial Management Consultants, and was accompanied by representatives from PROPAC as well as by the General Secretary of the agri-agency UPA-DI (in Cameroon only), which is supporting the PROPAC in the implementation of programme component 3 (provision of economic services).
The mission spent 7 days in Cameroon, where consultations were held with the PROPAC President and Secretariat, the Concertation Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Cameroun (CNOP-CAM). The team also participated in a one-day field visit to the cooperative AFIDI NNAM, which is implementing a micro-project under programme component 3 (see more here). The mission further spent 3 days in Central Africa, where consultations were held with the Concertation Nationale des Organisations Paysannes de Centrafrique (CNOP-CAF), and Eleveurs Sans Frontière (ESF), one of their members, as well as with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture. Meetings were also organised in both countries with representatives from IFAD country programs and the European Union delegation (in Central Africa only).
According to the mission the implementation of SFOAP activities by the PROPAC is satisfactory.
The mission emphasised relevant improvements in terms of financial management by the PROPAC, and highlighted that almost all the recommendations from the MTR were implemented. Also, most of the projects under Component 3 were launched.
According to the mission, the major challenge faced by the PROPAC relates to the need to increase the rate of spending under Component 3, to focus on knowledge generation and sharing and to develop a strategy for the mobilisation of funds, a key aspect for the sustainability of the organisation.
In terms of the implementation of activities under the different programme components, under Component 1 – Institutional Strengthening, SFOAP contributed to the organisation of a PROPAC Board meeting, and to cover staff salaries of two members of the Secretariat. Also, a technical backstopping mission to the national member in Sao Tomé e Principe was undertaken. The CNOP-CAM further organised a training session for leaders to improve their knowledge for the creation and management of cooperative societies.
The mission further observed a proactive and dynamic attitude of the PROPAC communication team as demonstrated by updated web sites and social networks, the production of brochures and communication material. The PROPAC ha also put in place a platform for documents and information sharing with members (www.sipropac.org).
Under Component 2 – Policy engagement, two studies are being developed by the and the on the impact of cooperation programmes and projects and access to land respectively. The results from the studies will feed advocacy and lobby initiatives by the two national FOs.
In Chad, the women wing of the Conseil National de Concertation des Producteurs Ruraux du Tchad (CNCPRT) carried out advocacy activities for agriculture financing and land access and control. Thanks to such activities, a project to support the initiatives of the women wing will be financed. In Cameroon, the CNOP-CAM led an advocacy action on the challenges of the EPAs (Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union) in the agricultural sector and the involvement of FOs in their implementation. This action enabled farmers leaders to be heard by representatives of the General Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission in Yaoundé.
Under Component 3 – Provision of Economic Services, 9 micro-projects are being implemented by local FOs supported by their national FOs as well as the PROPAC and UPA-DI. In Central Africa, the CNOP-CAF is currently implementing a project focused on the import and sale of chicks and the sale of veterinary drugs while in Cameroon, 3 projects are being financed.
Meetings with IFAD country programmes enabled to discuss about possible synergies and complementarities to be developed with FOs. In particular, in Cameroon, the mission met with the coordinators of PADFA (Commodity Value Chain Support Project) and PEA-Jeunes (Pogramme de Promotion de l'Entrepreneuriat Agropastoral des Jeunes) projects. The CNOP-CAM has agreed to undertake a mapping of its members to identify the local FOs that could participate in PADFA implementation. Also, the NFO will be supported by the PROPAC to participate to a call for proposals within PEA-Jeunes to support rural youth entrepreneurship.
Please consult the full report from the mission by downloading the document below.
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