External Mid-Term Review of the Horti-Sempre Project
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The regional environment program SWITCH-Asia Jute Value Chain, a three-year (2013-2016) project, funded by the European Union, was implemented with the objective to promote the adoption of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and consumer groups in Asia and Europe. The project followed a value chain approach and focused on working with the respective beneficiaries in different stages of jute diversified products and facilitating market linkage among the beneficiaries and stakeholders. The project worked with four implementing partners in four districts of Bangladesh i.e. DCPUK (implementing in Rangpur districts), ESDO (implementing in Kurigram districts), SMKK (implementing in Jessore districts) and Uttaran (implementing in Satkhira districts). The project aimed to train up 16,000 jute producers on modern jute cultivation to increase the quality production of jute fiber. The project facilitated training of organic fertilizer and jute diversified products workers. A series of activities were undertaken to develop the skills of SMEs on quality production and acquainted with the international market trend. At national level coordination & advocacy level activities were also designed.
CARE Bangladesh commissioned Innovision Consulting to undertake a Mid-Term Review (MTR) to assess the effectiveness of project strategies and implementation of interventions with the determination of the project progress both in quantitative and qualitative areas. Innovision was to formulate and provide recommendations for enhancing impact and sustainability and improving the design and implementation of the project.
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During the MTR the tools Innovision used were a primary survey, Focused Group Discussion, Participatory Rural Appraisal, case study, cross checking with success stories, management consultation, and observation. During the Primary Survey total 388 respondents were surveyed which covered 348 jute producers, 32 JDP workers and eight organic fertilizer manufacturers, chosen equally from the four districts. Innovision team interviewed 5 Officers from Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), 4 Upazilla Agriculture Officer (UAO) & 2 Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Officers, 2 Executive Directors of partner NGOs (Uttaran and SMKK), 7 SMEs (including project stakeholders and external stakeholders) as the Key Informants. Moreover Five in-depth case studies were developed to provide a summarized view of all the quantitative and qualitative indicators of jute producers, JDP workers, SMEs and organic fertilizers manufacturers, with diverse backgrounds and livelihood options. With the data compilation and analysis and by incorporating the feedback from SWITCH Asia-JVC team, Innovision prepared a final report.
The report presented the scenario of project achievement describing the impact of the project at jute producer level, JDP Worker Level, the OFM level, on SME and at Result Level. Along with the key findings and analysis Innovision suggested some recommendations in the report.