The geographic coverage was increased from 1 district to multiple districts in three provinces. Due to security no activeis are being undertaken in Kandahar Province. The initial approach of using rural business support centers in each location was modified during intital porejct phase. The Project adopted a more focused approach to the selection of the commodity value chains, a more strategic approach to the provsion of interventions that are clearly delineated in terms of targeted outputs that would not overlap or duplicate activities in other ongoing projects. Rural farm households have benefited from project activities in oilseed production and processing, carpet weaving, improved potato production and storage facilities and associated trainings. The total number of associations organized and developed by RBSP was 41, including producers (potato, oil crops, and wool producer/weaver), associations and processor (edible oil and carpet) associations. The TOT training results for the 2009 crop year included 535 participants from the targeted districts of Balkh, Bamyan and Nangarhar provinces, which include 485 male and 50 female. Training and technical assistant was provided to 5,999 producers and processors, including 4,430 male and 1,569 female, from the 11 targeted districts. Large number of beneficiaries benefited in the targeted areas.
Pre-feasibilities of the potential priority value chains in the three provinces were completed and recommended Project interventions were made. The 2011 Work Plan (implementation plan) with technical activities by value chain, was submitted to ADB and MAIL and was approved.
A national Project Steering Committee established. Members included representatives from MOF, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), MAIL, and civil society organization. ADB and the Government of Japan participates as observers. Very regular tripartite meetings have been held to resolve project issues.
Edible oil processing building have been completed and oil processing and packaging equipments are installed, edible oil refinery system and conveyors equipment to be installed in phase II of the project for the production of refined/eatable edible oil, while additional storage facilities were constructed.
The carpet inputs (wool, cotton) have been distributed to the carpet weavers in Balkh, Bamyan and Nangarhar.
20 tractors as equity have been procured and distributed to farmers.
1100 potato storages have been completed through equity program in 2010 and 2011 in Bamyan province.
20 tractors, looms, wool, and construction of 16 potato storages were piloted for demonstration to the farmers, farmers associations/ cooperatives, traders and carpet weavers.
16 de-linting machines were procured and business development services (BDS) were carried out.
Equity contribution mechanisms were established and have provided support to the identified value chains.
Roots of Peace (RoP)was selected and commenced work in the last quarter of 2007. Their services were completed on 30 Sep 2011. RoP has submitted the FSEC for ADB's review and approval. FSEC is being reviewed and will be submitted to CWER and OSFMD for further process.
Imprest account was fully liquidated and outstanding advance have been returned to ADB JFPR account.