A 4-day annual review and planning workshop (ARPW) for Annual Review & Planning Workshop for Market Access & Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP) and the European Union (EU) Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Program under the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests (MoAF) is underway in Gelephu. The project area for MAGIP is Lhuentse, Mongar, Pema Gatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang and Trashi Yangtsi dzongkhags. Lhuentse, Mongar, Pema Gatshel and Zhemgang dzongkhags form the GCCA project sites.
For MAGIP, this is the 4th annual review and planning meeting while it is the second for GCCA. Having three project dzongkhags in common, the idea of joint ARPW was organized between the 2 projects with the following objectives.
1. Review and update the progress of the implementation of the two projects.
2. Discuss and develop the annual plan for the two projects for the 2014-
2015 fiscal year (FY)
3. Develop the annual work plans for the two projects in tandem to avoid
duplication of activities
4. Discuss & address financial aspects/issues related to the projects.
5. Midterm budget review (MAGIP)
Climate Change mainstreaming is one of the key policy directives for the 11th five year plan (FYP). The RNR sector being the custodian of the country’s natural resources has increasing obligations to pursue mitigation and adaptation initiatives. Consequently, there is a need for increased climate change related planning and implementation at both local and national levels.
In this connection, the RNR sector has received a sector budget support grant assistance of Euro 4.3 million from the EU GCCA to:
• Facilitate climate change mainstreaming into the 11th FYP
• Pursue adaptation activities
• Improve climate change information management
Similarly, the MAGIP has been operational in the six eastern Dzongkhags since May 2011. With an overall budget of USD 13.5 million, MAGIP’s development goal is to reduce rural poverty and enhance standards of living and food security of poor rural households in six eastern dzongkhags to achieve a sustained reduction in the poverty of an estimated 20,000 poor households through livestock and crop development, marketing and infrastructure. MAGIP was designed with two main components:
• Support to poor subsistence farming communities in remote geogs
• Agricultural intensification and support to market access.
More than 60 participants comprising of RNR sector heads from 7 project dzongkhags, Dzongkhag budget and accounts officers, departmental sector managers, partners and collaborators such as RNR research and development centre (RDC), Wengkhar, Regional Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Office (RAMCO), Regional Livestock Development Centre (RLDC) Kanglung, Rural Development Training Centre (RDTC) Zhemgang, Council for RNR Research of Bhutan (CoRRB), Bhutan Agriculture and food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Policy and Planning Division (PPD) and National Centre for Animal Nutrition (NCAN) Bumthang are attending the workshop. At the end of the workshop, the 2 projects look forward to concretize the following.
1. Annual work plan and budget for the 2014–15 FY
2. Updated progress of the two projects
3. Revised AWPB 2013-14 FY (MAGIP)
4. Program document for GCCA Program (for internal planning purpose)
The workshop concludes on 8th February 2014 with the agreement and finalization of AWPB 2014-15 for the two projects.