AFDB conducts end –of- project supervision mission to the SARD-SC project

A two- day  end- of – project  Supervision Mission  by the African Development Bank to  the Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic crops(SARD-SC)  project  was conducted at the  International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, Nigeria,  from Thursday 2 to Friday 3 November,  2017. The AFDB team was led  by Dr. Ibrahim Amadou,  project Task Manager. He was accompanied by  other members  of his team including  Mr. Yakubu Bako, Disbursement Officer; Mr. Abba Jaffar, Procurement  officer and Mr. Femi  Ojo-Fajuyi, Financial Management  Consultant.

The objective of the supervision mission, according to Dr. Amadou, was for the team to learn about the impact the SARD-SC project has made in contributing to food and nutritional security during the five year period of its implementation. “We are interested in the high level impact the project has made in all ramifications. We also want to know of the challenges and lessons learnt in the implementation of the project that could be useful to future projects. And we are happy that SARD-SC project was efficiently implemented.”

In his remarks, Dr. Chrys  Akem, the Project Coordinator, thanked the members of the team  and  the AFDB for giving SARD-SC team  the  opportunity to implement such  a huge  project. He expressed satisfaction at the achievements of all the commodities within the project including the wheat and rice value chains which they had visited in Tunis and Abidjan, respectively before arriving in Ibadan. Dr. Issaka Amadou, M&E Specialist and Mr. Seyi Fashokun made presentations on their respective fields of M&E and Project finances.  Following their presentations,  there were discussions on  the outcomes and impact of the  SARD-SC cassava and maize activities  and the  Project Completion Report (PCR) findings,  prepared by Dr. Yaya Sabo, a PCR  consultant to the  project.   At the conclusion of the mission, the Bank supervision mission team drafted an Aide Memoire, usually done at the end of such missions, that highlighted the general implementation achievements of the project including lessons learnt,  with inputs from participants  of  the PCR.

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