The EU-MAIL Transition Project, which is managed by Landell Mills, has created an Advisory Unit (AU) to transfer the knowledge and results of the institutional work established under the Project into the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) of Afghanistan. The €14 million Project has been extended for another year in order to support the new Advisory Unit until the end of 2019.
The AU will focus on the provision of tailored national and international technical assistance and will be responsible for facilitating the transfer of functions from the Project to MAIL, which until now has been carried out by the Project’s technical and financial support. The functions that MAIL will be taking over include institutional structures and mechanisms.
As a result of the past two years of implementation, the Project established and consolidated a series of mechanisms and good practices in the following areas which the AU will work to consolidate:
Technical and institutional capacity building
Coordination with other projects and donors
Institutional service delivery
Policy development and revisions
Public private sectors linkage
Food and feed safety
Certification of seeds and planting material
Planning and programs
The General Director of Policy and Planning officially launched the AU on the 2nd December at the most recent EU-MAIL Transition Project Steering Committee, which is held every six months. The AU will report to the General Directorate of Policy and Planning, which recently agreed the implementation plan based on the following key deliverables:
Development and endorsement of Tashkeel (Afghan civil service) guidelines
Integration of the ‘Research to Extension’ reform
Gap analysis of the MAIL legal department
Gap analysis and a future strategy of the Perennial Horticulture Development Centers
Development of an Institutionalisation Plan for the Horticulture Cluster Steering Committee
Development of an Institutionalisation Plan for the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Secretariat
The EU-funded project has been running since 2014 and will now be finalised at the end of the year when the AU will be fully institutionalised into the government structure of the MAIL.
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