On the 5th of August 2015, a workshop was held to brief the MAAIF senior management staff about the PASIC project; and to review the Zonal investment Plans (ZIPs) for the potato and rice sub-sectors. The workshop which was held in Entebbe attracted 25 officials who represented the senior management staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and fisheries (MAAIF).

During the workshop, the PASIC focal person at  MAAIF introduced the PASIC project, and elaborated on how it would impact the small holder farmers through support of policies relevant to crop intensification.

In the same workshop, Edward -a policy analyst presented the methodology used to develop the Investment plans-the Economic surplus approach; and how the different stakeholders would benefit from the investment plans.

After the ZIPs are completed, they will be integrated in the Agricultural Sector Strategic Plan (ASSP), and in the District Development plans. This will guide investors on which node of the value chain to invest, estimated monetary figures required for investment, expected returns, and the contribution of the investments to the national economy.  “Understanding the extent to which the economy benefits from investments will provide a case to MAAIF in planning, decision making and lobbying for increased budget,” said Edward.

In the same workshop, the Assistant Commissioner for crop production at MAAIF hailed the PASIC approach of using evidence to inform policies. “….. people sit in offices and copy-paste policies which do not help the local population,” he remarked.
During the plenary session, MAAIF senior officials discussed the ZIP and by consensus, the approach was deemed satisfactory and was therefore endorsed!

With that milestone achieved, the participants suggested two consultative meetings; one at zonal level and the other at national level. Stay tuned for updates on the Zonal consultative meetings in the next blog!

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