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Agriculture Area Development

| country: Kyrgyz Republic

Comprehensive and integrated projects can be successful. The success of this project can be attributed to the initial emphasis on the project management unit (PMU) obtaining a clear understanding of the project, an initial focus on process and procedures, minimum turnover of key PMU staff, good oversight by Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (MAWR), good partnerships with other donors, and successful contracting and supervision of local civil works and agriculture extension firms.

Although this was the first agriculture investment project with MAWR the 3-year extension could have been avoided had the bidding documents been prepared, the management consultants and PMU staff contracted, and target farms identified earlier.

The project required close attention to many details, and it could have immediately and effectively performed many administrative tasks if the resident mission had had more capacity to assist the project.

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