GTP I Transformation Agenda: Outcomes & Progress
Performance of GTP I Transformation Agenda Deliverables
The performance of the 84 deliverables in the Transformation Agenda was regularly assessed throughout GTP I and reported to the Prime Minister and the Transformation Council based on a rigorous performance management framework.
While the ultimate goal of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda is to deliver impact at the smallholder farmer level, each deliverable has been prioritized and designed to address a particular systemic bottleneck in the agriculture sector. As such, many deliverables are several steps removed from directly working with smallholder farmers and it becomes difficult to quantify the direct impact of each deliverable on a specific number of farmers. For example, deliverables such as updating the seed sector proclamation or improving the career path and incentive structure of agricultural researchers are expected to make major contributions to the performance of the agriculture sector as a whole and to ultimately benefit smallholder farmers. However, the immediate and direct contribution of these two deliverables, and many similar ones, on the production and productivity of a specific number of smallholder farmers is impossible to quantify.
Nevertheless, a concerted effort has been made to quantify and analyze the specific contributions that each deliverable has had on the agriculture sector during GTP I. As such, all 84 deliverables in the Transformation Agenda for GTP I have been measured based on the outputs generated across five broad thematic areas: Policies/Strategies/ Regulations, Institutional Structures/Processes/ Systems,Introduction of Innovative Ideas, Capacity Building, and Direct Engagement with Smallholders.
As of July 31, 2015, 53% of deliverables (45 of 84) were deemed to be “On Track,” while 35% (29 deliverables) were considered “Slightly Delayed” and 12% (10 deliverables) were considered “Significantly Delayed.”
All deliverables have also reported outputs in each of the five thematic areas, tracking two major indicators for each thematic area. Results and data have been collected, verified and reported by deliverable owners and government bodies at local, regional and federal levels. Internal verification of the outputs in each thematic area has also been undertaken by the ATA’s Performance Management Unit in most (but not all) cases.
Key outputs achieved by Transformation Agenda deliverables during GTP I include: the revision of three policies/proclamations; the development of 23 new strategies/guidelines/regulations, the introduction and scale-up of 23 innovative concepts, and the engagement of over 4.4 million farmers using new technologies introduced through the Transformation Agenda deliverables on over two million hectares of land.
Although most deliverables have made contributions toward outputs in more than one thematic area, each deliverable has also been classified as having one primary thematic focus area. Common, measurable targets have been utilized to track and assess achievements in each thematic area, in order to determine the “On Track,” “Slightly Delayed,” and “Significantly Delayed” status. Relevant additional factors, such as the deliverable start date and complexity of the task, are also factored into these status ratings for certain deliverables.
The counterfactual of how the Transformation Agenda, and more specifically the ATA, have contributed to overall agricultural development during GTP I may be difficult to capture given that the objective of most Transformation Agenda deliverables is to improve the pace and quality of existing institutional arrangements.