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Participatory Livestock Development Project

sector: Public Sector Management | country: Bangladesh

Administering TA on a parallel basis using separate operational guidelines does not help smooth and timely implementation.

Assigning the executing agency a more regulatory role in the subsector will encourage increased private sector investment and provision of services. The continued provision of selected subsidized inputs from the executing agency acts as a disincentive to private companies.

Compared to the NGOs, the executing agency has limited outreach capacity. It is therefore advantageous to use the outreach capacity of NGOs to reach the poor with support services including microcredit. Establishing close ties between different implementing agencies and service providers at the field level are prerequisites for smooth project implementation and sustainability.

Opportunities have been created to further expand the scope of livestock enterprises development by increasing production and involving a wider range of enterprises in the sector. Farmers and entrepreneurs are keenly interested in investing in other profit-earning enterprises like hybrid and broiler rearing beef, dairy, product processing, and input supply. The participatory planning process will help smallholder farmers access markets and ventilate theirideas and capabilities.

The project demonstrated that it is possible to successfully deliver a large number of technically supported, microfinanced livestock improvement packages through the executing agency for the selection of NGOs and the disbursement of microcredit to beneficiaries and partner NGOs with technical support from the (lead) executing agency (DLS). Predetermined enterprises to some extent limited the beneficiaries’ choice of enterprises to exploit local opportunities.

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