The USD 135 Million World Bank Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project is being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. This programme focusses at developing the horticulture sector in the State by supporting small and marginal farmers and agro-entrepreneurs through improving producer's access to knowledge and climate resilient production technologies, promoting investments in agribusiness, fostering backward and forward linkages in the value chains and supporting the development of an improved platform for market-related information and intelligence.
Sutra Consulting, as a Monitoring and Evaluation agency is responsible for the Baseline study, annual follow up survey, thematic studies and mid-term impact assessment studies. Our Team of Experts through extensive field visits have drawn insights to the working of the programme and are currently involved in development various instruments for baseline study and six monthly monitoring formats, which eventually be an integral a part of the Program Management Information system (PMIS). One of the key focus will be on concurrent monitoring which will quantify short-term outputs and outcomes with the focus on measuring the economic progress of the beneficiaries to ascertain the impact of the Project.
The $101 Million World Bank Rajasthan Agricultural Competitiveness Project (RACP) aims to establish the feasibility of sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and farmer incomes through a distinct agricultural development approach by integrating agriculture water management and agricultural technology, farmer organizations and market innovations in selected locations across the ten agro-ecological zones of Rajasthan. The guiding principles under the project are: sustainable and efficient use of water resources, increased private sector participation in the development of value chains and improved public sector capacity in delivering agriculture support services.
Sutra Consulting is engaged to provide long term strategic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support to the programme as part of which our team of experts is responsible for designing the monitoring and evaluation strategy, developing and implementing innovative participatory monitoring tools and methodologies, undertaking baseline and longitudinal assessments and conducting an end of programme impact assessment. Our work in this programme is contributing to development of capacities to track and assess change, identification of areas of improvements and recognition of good practices holding potential for scale up. Our team of experts have developed appropriate instruments and methodologies which in the long run would lead to greater scope for sustainability and ownership of programme monitoring processes and system.
The $121 Million World Bank Uttarakhand Decentralized Watershed Development Project (UDWDP) Phase-II is being implemented in nine districts of Uttarakhand state focussing on improvement in productive potential through increasing the water discharge and biomass and bringing in more rain-fed area under irrigation. This programme specifically aims at improved decentralized governance, gender equity and environmental sustainability by mobilizing and organizing the farmers in the watershed area focussing on women producers.
Sutra Consulting, through its comprehensive support as the Monitoring and Evaluation agency has successfully completed baseline establishing the benchmark against which the mid-term and final impact assessment studies will be conducted as per defined timelines. As part of the assignment our experts undertake periodic six monthly concurrent monitoring visits and prepare reports that reviews and analyse project progress and processes. Our work in the programme has led to a better understanding by providing recommendations for revisit of few evaluative and monitoring indicators, which will be subsequently amended in the Mid Term Review. Our team of experts is supporting the project in making a cost-benefit and financial analysis of the project.