Farmer Marketing Organisations Programm: the next phase
Two weeks after the evaluation mission we worked for four days intensively together with the Technical Team of the NGO Consortium to identify and formulate the main components of the FMO programme for the next phase. We started by discussing again the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation mission. This was a very useful validation step as it managed to get the entire Technical Team on one line with regard to the current situation and the near future.
Next, we identified the main objectives and structure for the next phase. Specific objectives were formulated to develop the access of farmers to BDS and chain finance services, and to develop the capacity and availability of chain processors at simple levels of value addition to the chain commodities selected. These specific objectives were added to the modified specific objectives of the first phase.
Finally, for each of the specific objectives we identified the key activities needed to achieve these objectives; avoiding redundant or irrelevant activities. For that purpose we discussed the specific content (what?), its target audience (who: farmers, BDS, processors?), time frame (when?) of these objectives, so that the precise changes the programme wants to see at the end of the next phase is clear to all. Such discussions are extremely relevant: the more specific it becomes, the more focused and practical the discussion become. It increases the level of accountability for results!
In order to improve the quality of learning, it has been agreed upon to include PME related elements in the next programme phase, looking more structurally at:
- Trend analysis: Are short lived results really sustained, also these from the previous project phase?
- Comparative analysis: what are the exact reasons for diverse performance between the 6 NGO members of the consortium?
- Counterfactual: what would have happened if the project would not have been implemented? The programme will look for proper control groups.
- Displacement: which groups may have lost because of the programme?
- Copy cats: which other groups have benefited from this programme? These indirect results can be added to the direct result.