Picture: Acting Chief Economist Sera Bose (2nd from right) with the organisers and participants of the workshop.
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the European
Union and PROMAN Consultants is organized a week-long workshop for officers on
the importance of formulating the Projects for Development Programme of the
Ministry of Agriculture.
The Improving Quality of Project Submissions within the Ministry
of Agriculture workshop is a Technical Assistance by PROMAN Consultants through
the Sustainable Rural Livelihood programme funded by the EU.
While opening the week-long workshop at Suvavou House, Acting
Chief Economist Sera Bose said projects are a means of implementing policy and
strategy and were an indicator of result-based project designs and monitoring
which were vital aspects for any sector, particularly for agriculture
“It is the means by which our Ministries and Divisions intervene
in a strategic way to address development priorities, especially challenges and
opportunities that exist in the sector,” she said.
“Projects are means to adjust development focus and re-directing
resources in response to changes in the environment due to climate change,
changes in external market conditions or changing taste and preference in the
“Reassuring that the quality of projects designed and implemented
will have an impact on the quality of the Ministry’s intervention and strategic
planning framework,” said Ms Bose.
She also reiterated the importance of the workshop stating that
improving the quality of projects formulated to achieve the maximum output in
the sector was critical to its overall performance in the country’s economic
“Organizing and coordinating such workshop is important to raise
our performance internally as a Ministry and externally in increasing the
competitiveness of our sector and at the same time, improving the livelihoods
of our stakeholders,” said Ms Bose.
The workshop is envisaged to ensure the improvement in strategies
to design robust and appropriate project submissions for the Ministry’s Annual