Achievements of EU-MAIL Transition project presented at steering committee meeting in Afghanistan

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The achievements and challenges of the EU-MAIL transition project were discussed at a recent steering committee meeting held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in Kabul. The EU-funded project, which is managed by Landell Mills, has been running since 2014 and has recently been extended until December 2018.

The meeting was chaired by H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad, the former MAIL Deputy Minister. Presentations were given by the directors of four services supported by the project within the agriculture sub-sectors of horticulture, seed certification, animal health, statistics and food security. Other counterpart organisations, as well as all MAIL staff and a representative from the EU attended the meeting.

The overall performance of the project is satisfactory and totally in line with MAIL’s needs and expectations. During 2017 the project was able to facilitate the creation of several new technical Tashkeel (Afghan civil service) positions and embed them into the MAIL structure. The continuous provision of Technical Assistance was effective and tailored to the needs of the supported Directorates.
— H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad

Among other successes, the project has seen good results in both capacity-building and moving the service units from off budget to on budget support. In order to improve sustainability, the project is providing both technical and financial support so that the administration of projects can be moved to the Ministry itself, as opposed to external EU support.

The EU Delegation is committed to providing further funding for the long-term sustainability of MAIL in order to strengthen the agriculture sector of the country. In this regard, the EU Delegation intervention priorities will be agreed and aligned to MAIL.
— Mr Gabriel Leonte, EU Head of Social Development Section