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Project Name

Supporting Farmer Producer Companies for Value Chain Development in Maharastra

Name of Client

Oxford Policy Management Limited

Country

India

Project Location within country

Maharastra

Source of Financing

Oxford Policy Management Limited

Length of Consultancy Assignment

Start Date

8th December 2017

Completion Date

 

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
The project aims to identify the support needed to build climate resilience for small farmers and producers. The key objectives are to:

  1. Undertake an institutional evaluation of Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) to highlight the capacity, management, technological, financial, infrastructural and governance gaps;
  2. Support FPCs in drawing up business plans that include incorporating climate-resilient crops into cropping patterns;
  3. Ensure that FPC’s business plans are of sufficiently good quality that they can be used in negotiating loans with credit providers;
  4. Enable FPCs access financing and credit linkage from banks, financial institutions, donors and government.

Detailed Description of Actual Service Provided by your Firm:

  1. Designing the work plan and development of the approach paper
  2. Study of FPCs and value chain actors in selected districts
  3. Benchmarking value chain implementation and gap analysis of pre-selected FPCs
  4. Understand credit providers’ perceptions of FPC risk
  5. Provision of a ‘Rating Tool’
  6. Validate the results of the initial evaluation of FPCs
  7. Sample business plans
  8. Recommendation of strategies for implementation and final report
  9. Develop guidelines for replicating this pilot process
  10. Training and capacity building

Project Name

Clean Energy Access Program

Name of Client

Syneos Health

Country

India

Project Location within country

Uttarakhand

Source of Financing

Syneos Health

Length of Consultancy Assignment

Start Date

January 2018

Completion Date

July 2018

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
IIEC implemented an on-ground program for improved health services for socio-economic development in selected villages in Uttarakhand. The focus was on providing solar electricity to Primary Health Clinics so that they are able to function more effectively and provide better care facilities for the local communities. The availability of 24x7 electricity in the Primary Health Clinics also ensured the availability of resources to store necessary and life-saving medicines that were missing earlier. Through this initiative, IIEC has been able to mobilise the support of local communities and doctors and help build a sense of ownership amongst the villagers for this project. The local villagers and doctors in charge were trained for the day-to-day maintenance of the lighting system. Along with this, the project and equipment were officially transferred to the Gram Panchayats and the doctors-in-charge, again an example of building a sense of ownership for the local community.

The program has been able to impact more than 500 households for a better quality of life.

Detailed Description of Actual Service Provided by your Firm:

  1. Program designing and implementation of solar lighting project for primary health centers in Uttarakhand
  2. Selection of districts, blocks, and villages for implementation of the project.
  3. Profiling of the villages and primary health centers to facilitate effective design and implementation of the project
  4. Selection of solar lighting system solution vendor
  5. Implementation of the project with support from solar lighting solution providers
  6. Designing and use of monitoring and verification protocol for the project to measure the impact
  7. Organizing Training and Orientation program for day to day maintenance of the solar lighting system for the doctors, ward boys, and village Gram Sabha representatives
  8. Preparation of case study for sharing with the outside world and for reporting

Project Name

Study for Climate Resilient Agriculture in Assam

Name of Client

Oxford Policy Management

Country

India

Project Location within country

Assam

Source of Financing

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Length of Consultancy Assignment

Start Date

October 2018

Completion Date

December 2018

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:            
This project aimed to outline steps to facilitate policy uptake of value chain analysis while providing additional support to build the resilience of the sector to climate change. This project focuses on 1) Establishing a clear road map for reviving ginger corp production; 2) Develop an easy to use guide for vulnerability assessment methodology using ginger corp as an example; 3) Develop a framework for establishing community-based seed banks, and 4) Capacity building on performing in-depth vulnerability assessment and establishing community seed banks.

Detailed Description of Actual Service Provided by your Firm:
IIEC performs the following activities:
Activity 1: Vulnerability Assessment Report

  • Finalize a method to conduct in-depth vulnerability assessment for Ginger

Activity 2: Reviving Ginger Production

  • Review the crop-specific strategies identified for Ginger crop identified in the Value Chain Analysis report developed by the programme in the first phase
  • Detail approach and methodology paper on reviving ginger production

Activity 3: Framework for establishing community-based seed banks

  • Prioritize an agro-climatic zone
  • Conduct situation analysis for seed banks with the farming community.

Activity 4: Capacity Building

  • Organize training sessions for of the agriculture department officials and institute representatives on in-depth vulnerability assessment method documented in the report
  • Conduct training sessions with farmers to orient and train them on the framework for establishing the community-based seed banks along with management skills required to support its day to day function.

Project Name

Community-led action plan for climate change

Name of Client

Oxford Policy Management

Country

India

Project Location within country

Chhattisgarh State

Source of Financing

Oxford Policy Management

Length of Consultancy Assignment

Start Date

23 May 2018

Completion Date

On-going

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
The main objective of the project is to enhance climate resilience in local level planning and developing a Community Led Action Plan on Climate Change.

Detailed Description of Actual Service Provided by your Firm:

  • Identify a micro watershed with the potential of demonstrating a climate resilience model.
  • Conduct consultation workshops to identify strategies for ecosystem-based local solutions towards adaption efforts
  • Collect primary data to enable spatial planning within the watershed
  • Implement the adaptation measures in forest management practices, watershed management and development intervention to enhance climate resilience

Project Name

Evaluation of HSF – Water Conservation and Climate Change Training of Trainers (TOT) Program for Elected Women Representatives in Rural Rajasthan

Name of Client

Hanns Seidel Foundation 

Country

India

Project Location within country

 

Source of Financing

Hanns Seidel Foundation

Length of Consultancy Assignment

Start Date

February 2016

Completion Date

April 2016

Detailed Narrative Description of Project:
IIEC worked as an expert evaluator in the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) water conservation and climate change TOT program in Rural Rajasthan.  Centre for Social Research (CSR) implemented the project in collaboration with HSF to design and implement a training program to educate rural communities in Rajasthan on water conservation, climate change, and gender. The Training of Trainers–TOT program was designed and executed in four phases (2012- 2015) with target focus on elected woman representatives and to-be elected woman representatives in selected blocks. IIEC evaluated the impact and effectiveness of the TOT program in fulfilling the program objectives. The primary objectives of the TOT program were to I) increase awareness on water issues and gender inequality, ii) increase knowledge amongst Elected Women Representatives (EWR) about tools and existing water conservation schemes, and iii) build capacity among EWRs to lead water conservation initiatives at the village level.  The evaluation provided recommendations for further improvement resulting in wider replication and impact at the grassroots level.

Detailed Description of Actual Service Provided by your Firm:

  • Review of project reports and training materials (collection of reports, training materials, schedules, procedures and other details from HSF and CEE)
  • Preparations for the Evaluation (desk research, preparation of focused questionnaires and other material)
  • Site visit to Rajasthan for Program Evaluation
  • Preparation of Evaluation Report