Evaluation of the project “Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity” (FARMA)
The objective of Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA) is to achieve rapid, sustainable, and broad-based economic growth through demand driven technical assistance aimed at improving the competitiveness of BiH agricultural producers, agricultural businesses, and products, in targeted subsectors. With FARMA, Sida and USAID have funded a project aimed at helping BiH accomplish several critical objectives: increasing agricultural competitiveness meeting European Union health and production standards reducing poverty by expanding environmentally sustainable production and increasing sales, exports, and employment. The FARMA goals are:
- Helping BiH accomplish several critical goals: increasing agricultural competitiveness; meeting European Union accession standards; reducing poverty by expanding environmentally sustainable production; and increasing sales, exports, and employment.
- Working to expand environmentally sustainable production, processing, domestic sales, export sales, and the production of value-added products.
This evaluation assessed the results of FARMA. It was intended to provide Sida with an assessment of the progress achieved against the objectives, and to make conclusions about the future direction of the program.
On the whole, the evaluation found that the project was effective and efficient in the use of resources in achieving planned results, it was relevant to the stakeholders' needs and had a visible impact on BiH export-supporting institutions. The overall assessment of quality end sustainability of the project efforts was satisfactory, though more could be done. While there were no failures, there were weaknesses in its failure to include and thus address the needs and priorities of BiH's vast base of small-size farms.