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Indonesia: Integrated Pest Management for Smallholder Estate Crops Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Indonesia

The Project provided valuable lessons on targeting and setting the selection criteria for participation. The Project showed that those who directly manage estate crop production, and who derive 50% or more of their household income from it, tend to practice integrated pest management (IPM) more seriously than those whose income is derived from other activities. Specifically, targeting this group would have greater development impact and would likely contribute to an even more widespread adoption of IPM.

The lack of a component on processing, marketing, and enterprise development, constrained farmers from taking advantage of market opportunities. In view of the growing demand for pesticide-free and organic farm produce, this would have benefited the farmers economically.

The project benefit monitoring and evaluation (PBME) system should have been established at the initial phase of implementation so that the progress and status of the Project could have been easily tracked, and necessary actions taken on time. Typically, the PBME system should include project performance indicators and a baseline socioeconomic survey that will be used for assessing socioeconomic impact.

The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) finds the lessons presented in the project completion report (PCR) helpful and valuable. ADB needs to consider these in future similar projects.

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