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Sustainable Aquaculture Development for Food Security and Poverty Reduction Project: Completion Report

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

The delay in project start-up could have been avoided if the government had issued Government Regulation No. 7 of 4 February 2008 immediately after project effectiveness.

The project adopted excellent design features of poverty targeting, community participation, capacity building for both the project implementers and the project beneficiaries, and microenterprise business development in aquaculture production and processing.

The project developed strong institutional capacity and good coordination and teamwork among national and district agencies, encouraged dedication among the NGOs (nongovernment organizations) and CEWs (community-based extension workers), and supported the active participation of project beneficiary groups.

Gender mainstreaming through group formation and capacity building training programs in aquaculture production and food processing is an effective strategy in empowering women.

Forming and strengthening cooperatives is a good strategy in sustaining project benefits after project completion.

Use of voluntary extension workers recruited from local communities by district agencies will help ensure continuity of extension services to local project beneficiaries.

A functional management information system should have been developed in DGA (Directorate General of Aquaculture).

Lessons from Validation

Indonesia: Sustainable Aquaculture Development for Food Security and Poverty Reduction

This validation noted that the PCR (project completion report) underlined several key features, which supported project success: (i) strong institutional capacity development, coordination, and teamwork among all parties involved in project implementation; (ii) effective strategy in empowering women through gender mainstreaming; and (iii) strengthened cooperatives and enterprises. This validation agrees with the lessons stated in the PCR. However, above all these, the most important lesson was to ensure that all requirements for project implementation should be in place early on and, hence, immediate steps can be taken to avoid delays in future projects, which was the key issue during the first 2 years of project implementation.

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