Sample Report, SPS Evaluation
In 2013, TAGHEER co-founder Syed Kamal led a team evaluating Afghanistan’s agricultural sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) program. This full report is linked here, with more details about the project provided below:
The Afghanistan Agricultural Sanitary and Phytosanitary Program (SPS Program), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) and implemented by Purdue University, aims to support the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in building SPS capacity nationally. According to the terms of the SPS Program’s cooperative agreement, the program’s dates of implementation are from September 21, 2011 to September 30, 2014 with a total budget of $2,175,242. Increased SPS capacity within the Ministry would allow for broader implementation of food safety methods, certification of agricultural exports as pest and disease-free, and capacity to inspect and test imports of foods and other produce that might be vectors of plant disease, insect pests, or invasive species more broadly defined.
The purpose of the mid-term evaluation was to identify mid-term program results, examine how they relate to program goals and objectives, and determine the likelihood of program sustainability. The evaluation will also serve as a tool to help guide any mid-program changes needed to realign activities to overall goals and objectives.