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Farmer training and capacity building supports knowledge building and capacity improvement of smallholder farmers and the establishment of farmer producer organizations to help them to respond better to market opportunities. Farmer Training and Capacity Building consists of two set of activities: 1) Individual Farmer Capacity Building 2) Farmer Producer Organization Training and Development. Individual Farmer Capacity Building will be undertaken by using a detailed curriculum that developed based on the existing training modules of Farmer Business School under FAO project. Farmer Producer Organization Training will be carried out through customized curricula with relevant training modules that developed after the Training Need Assessment of existing and potential farmer organizations.

Supporting the introduction, demonstration, and scale-up of innovative agriculture technology packages that are not yet available or practiced by smallholder farmers and producer organizations but would support productivity improvements, diversification, commercialization, more sustainable and climate resilient production patterns (high value products, new varieties, technology, soil, water, fertilization etc.). The sub-component will support the establishment of agriculture technology demonstration parks in seven proposed districts of Jaffna, Mullaitivu (Northern Province), Batticaloa (Eastern Province), Monaragla (Uva Provinces), Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa (North-Central Province), and Matale (Central Province) which have been identified based on high poverty headcounts and agriculture development potential. These agriculture technology demonstration parks will be set up to demonstrate entire agriculture value chain approaches with a clear end-market focus for selected crops, involving: farmer mobilization and training, agriculture production, post-harvest handling and/or processing, and marketing. Each park will include approximately eight to ten entire villages and can be expanded based on demand and resource availability. The sub-component will also support the organization of two international technology fora/ conferences in the first and second year of project implementation, inviting international and domestic service providers to discuss and present their agricultural development models successfully implemented and demonstrated in similar agro-ecological and sociocultural environments. The detailed implementation modalities of the agriculture technology demonstration approach are described in the Agriculture Technology Demonstration (ATD) Operations Manual. Sub-component

This sub-component supports the development of the public and production infrastructure which is necessary to support the development of the ATDPs/Clusters. Production and market infrastructure development supports i). the up-grading and rehabilitation of small scale irrigation infrastructure and existing water tanks and irrigation systems in the selected priority project areas and linked to the ATDPs; ii). The improvement of selected production and market access roads and construction of new field access tracks to improve transportation, access to markets and accessibility for agricultural machinery; and iii). Village level storage and product handling facilities, including drying flat forms and sheds, composting facilities of crop residues, storage facilities and others.

 The component will provide support to: develop an evidence-based policy, legal and regulatory framework; address knowledge gaps as well as policy and regulatory inconsistencies as they may arise from time to time with policy decisions emanating from different parts of the government; and formulate sector and sub-sectoral strategies to provide the suitable enabling environment for a sustainable and competitive modern agriculture and food system. The sub-component will be implemented under the responsibility of the MOA-PMU. Activities to be supported under this sub-component would include technical assistance to:

  1. evaluate policies and regulations and recommend adjustments, reforms or new policies needed to make agriculture more competitive, responsive to market demand, gender sensitive, sustainable, and resilient;
  2. undertake strategic market analysis for promoting new and high value exports, and analyze the changes needed in the policy, regulatory and institutional framework, or public investments needed to address the binding constraints to the evolution of high impact value chains;
  3. evaluate the social and economic impact of policies and public expenditures and make recommendations on course corrections to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditures;
  4. undertake external and independent monitoring and evaluation functions, including formal impact evaluations of government programs and investments, to provide the critical learning and feedback loop into the ministries’ decision making processes. It would also support:
  5. Annual conferences on Sri Lanka’s agricultural policy;
  6. equipment, office furniture, and communications technology for MOA’s proposed Center of Excellence;
  7. technical assistance to conceptualize a national agriculture information system, with the medium-term objective to build capacity for data collection and management in support of policy formulation, enhanced public service provision, and improved risk monitoring in agriculture.

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