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MoA Launches a Monitoring and Evaluation Database

The Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 launched a monitoring and evaluation database at Kairaba Beach Hotel in the Kanifing Municipality.

In his launching statement, Solomon Owens the Minister of Agriculture expressed delight to be part of the event which he described as a milestone achievement in the Agricultural Sector.

Minster Owens also noted that the database would enable them to access, process, and management Agricultural information more efficiently for development.

He however stated that it is a tedious task that has been accomplished and that it needs proper management for better usage, adding that this is just one aspect of the database so far.

Minister Owens concluded by expressing delight to the President and all their partners in development, especially for the development of the database.

Mr. Ousman Jammeh Permanent Secretary (one) 1 Ministry of Agriculture for part said it is a robust, comprehensive, and state of the art Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation System (PM&E) developed by the MoA and its Ag-Sector partners with funding from the Government of The Gambia (GoTG) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), under the Nema project.

PS. Jammeh further asserted that the design entry point was the Gambia National Agricultural Investment plan (GNAIP) 2011-2015 that formed the basis for identifying 57 sectors priority indicators that are currently guiding programming, data collection, progress determination and evaluations.

He also stipulated that the process was led by an international M&E Technical Expert closely working with an 18 member Ag-sector M&E over 18 months.

PS. Jammeh also pointed out that the database was designed to address the diverse government and Ag-sector partners’ information needs that are crucial for evidence based decision making, targeting in designing pro-poor interventions and for evaluating and informing sector policies.

PS. Jammeh added that the system is centrally coordinated from MoA’s Planning, Services Unit (PSU) which has the overall responsibility of ensuring that all M&E guidelines and standards specified in the PM & E framework are adhered to.

He also posited that at the projects, MoA departments and regional Agricultural directorates there are M & E units who manage M & E processes technically supported by the CPCU and PSU M&E Officers, adding that the operation of the Ag-sector PM & E system through central government and by donors through projects.  

 

PS Jammeh concluded by expressing delight to their partners and all the participants for this achievement. 

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