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Samoa - Agriculture Competitiveness Enhancement Project (Inglês)

Ratings for the Agriculture Competitiveness Enhancement Project (ACEP) for Samoa were as follows: outcome and Bank performance was moderately satisfactory and monitoring and evaluation (M and E) quality was modest. Some lessons learned included: throughout project implementation, the project coordination unit (PCU) struggled to hire and retain people of the required caliber and with the necessary skills to support efficient and effective implementation. Distinctions between the project team and implementing agency can reduce ownership. Ownership was raised as an area for improvement with many tasks being the responsibility of Samoa (SACEP) staff, and not integrated into Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) day-to-day functions and reporting. M and E is often a challenge given the limited data available during preparation and throughout project implementation. In agriculture, where many famers keep little-to-no records and surveys are time consuming and expensive, this is exacerbated. While some communications and outreach were undertaken by the PCU and reasonable budget was allocated for this during project preparation, the outputs either lacked the impact anticipated, or were not completed as planned. While most matching grant activities target agribusinesses or farmer groups this project was designed for individual farmer grants, largely due to strong feedback from stakeholders on what will work in the Samoan context. It’s important to consider the benefits and impacts of beneficiary selection or targeting. Matching grant percentage contributions were appropriate, however ways to reduce loan defaults should be considered. More requirements for matching grant recipients in the livestock sector to use the hygienic slaughter units may have accelerated uptake and general awareness. More incentives for farmers to use new or innovative technologies may have increased the climate resilience.

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