Enhanced Implementation Capacity
Agricultural transformation is complex, and must be supported by efficient and capable institutional arrangements that can enhance the capacity to make informed decisions and to implement and monitor Transformation Agenda activities and targets. As such, building the capacity of key institutions and stakeholders at each level of the value chain, and strengthening the institutional linkages between key federal and regional level organizations are critical to successfully translate agricultural transformation objectives into detailed action plans and to realize their effective execution.
This pillar is based around a number of program areas. Starting with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), public and private sector institutions, supported by ICTs, play a significant role in catalyzing a wide range of interventions that are core to transforming the agriculture sector. However, much work remains to ensure that ICT interventions in Ethiopian agriculture can overcome ongoing challenges reducing the speed at which its innovations and benefits are realized, including limitations in technology infrastructure, human capacity, and awareness.
Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PME) is a powerful public management tool that helps to ensure the wide range of interventions within the sector are well conceived and that intended results are achieved. Current PME systems as they relate to the agriculture sector in Ethiopia exhibit significant weaknesses, including (i) weak and uncoordinated institutional frameworks, (ii) the absence of effective modalities to harmonize and align PME efforts across multiple stakeholders within a decentralized system, (iii) ad hoc measures of sector performance that do not address the needs of decision makers at different levels of government, and (iv) inadequate and fragmented Management Information System (MIS) and knowledge generation management.
Lastly, this pillar must also focus on enhancing the capacity of both public and private sectors. Within the public sector, enhanced capacity at key policy and research institutions is necessary to drive the design of transformational strategies, policies, regulations, and interventions. Building the capacity of the private sector is also critical to sustaining the transformation process, particularly as it relates to catalyzing a virtuous cycle for long-term financial viability.