Gana Pati Ojha

Sector Specialist, CAMRIS International

November 2018 – February 2019 (Intermittent involvement)

 

Mid-term evaluation of Nepal Seed and Fertilizer (NSAF) project in Nepal. The project is about strengthening capacity of government and private sector in the business of seed and fertilizer by conducting trials and demonstrations on ready to use seed varieties developed by International Agricultural Research Centres and Nepal Agriculture Research Council, seed multiplication of crop varieties found superior in the trails and demonstration, and supporting government to make private sector friendly seed and fertilizers policies and implementation. The evaluation sought answer to the three major questions: What technologies and their combinations that NSAF is developing show high potential for increasing farm productivity based on changes in trials and other tests? To what extent are seed systems in place to take seed technologies to scale? To what extent are systems in place to take fertilizer technologies to scale? In this evaluation I provided technical guidance and strategic support to the evaluation team leader; reviewed and provided feedback for the finalization of evaluation design; led the process of drafting and finalization of data collection tools and data collection plan; collected and reviewed secondary information from existing sources; participated in the data collection in the field; collected, compiles and coded the field data; analysed and interpreted the findings; led the briefing sessions on initial findings with USAID Mission and Implementing Partner as well as presented key findings to them; contributed to the drafting and finalization of evaluation report; and collaborated closely with other evaluation team members and CAMRIS Kathmandu staff.