An evaluation of the Rural Advisory Services Program (RASP) and related activities under Feed The Future - April 2015
This evaluation was designed to review the goals and implementation of activities relating to public and private extension services supporting the achievement of USAID agriculture and food security program objectives. It assesses the relevance and efficacy of current activities; identifies ways to make future USAID support in this area more efficient and effective; and may be used in shaping future Feed the Future programs both at the Washington support level and in mission programs. It looks at extension and advisory services provided through NGOs, farmer associations, cooperatives, and private input delivery and marketing enterprises, and identifies both good practices and problem areas for consideration in on-going and possible future USAID-supported work in this area.
The report contains thorough descriptions of extension activities, issues, and recomendations for nine Feed the Future focus countries: Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, and Ghana.
The evaluation was carried out by a five-person team of specialists individually contracted for this study, whose CVs may be found in Appendix X. While funding and overall direction for the study were provided by the USAID Bureau for Food Security, the content of the report is entirely the responsibility of the evaluation team.