An Agreement between Yemen and FAO [Archives:2004/721/Local News]

March 18 2004

Ismail Al-Ghabiri
The Government of the Republic of Yemen and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO0 of the United Nations signed an agreement on 10 March 2004 concerning a project to strengthen, restructure and decentralize the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MAI) of Yemen.

Project goal and purpose
The project's development objective is to contribute to sustainable, broad-based poverty alleviation and food security whilst contributing to environmental protection. The project is to contribute to better service delivery to farmers and other rural producers through a review of MAI's performance, the strengthening of its current capacities at central level, a study on different restructuring options to be tested, and a project proposal to that end.

Target beneficiaries
The primary beneficiary of the project will be MAI, through the improvement of its capacity to operate at central level and to study different options to organize better service delivery in order to respond to rural producers' demands in the current context of decentralization. The ultimate beneficiaries of the project activities are the small-scale farmers and other rural producers, through the improvement of the quality of the response capacity of the MAI.

Project strategy
The project has a two-pronged strategy, i.e. to support the strengthening of MAI's performance at central level regarding aspects of its work which will be necessary whatever the results of restructuring and to establish the foundations of the implementation of the restructuring process regarding agricultural service delivery through:
– a study on different “best bet” restructuring options for selected MAI entities, to be tested through subsequent initiatives;
– a fully budgeted proposal on the next steps regarding the restructuring process, based on the results of the above study.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Abdulmalik Al-Arashi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, for the Government of Yemen and by Hashim Al-Shami, for FAO of the UN.