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Assessment of the Sustainability of Development Services of Southern Roseires Agricultural Development Project The Case of Abu Gumai Cooperative Union

Assessment of the Sustainability of Development Services of Southern Roseires Agricultural Development Project The Case of Abu Gumai Cooperative Union

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Title: Assessment of the Sustainability of Development Services of Southern Roseires Agricultural Development Project The Case of Abu Gumai Cooperative Union
Author: Ali, Hashim Abdel Hafeiz El Hussein
Abstract: This study was an attempt to assess the sustainability of Southern Roseires project's agricultural and rural development services, taking Abu Gumai Cooperative Union (AGCU) as a case study. Southern Roseires Agricultural Development Project (SRADP) was a joint effort of the Government of Sudan (GOS) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).The project started its activities in 1992 up to 1999, in Blue Nile state. It was found that 25 villages constitute the consolidation area of the project served by four Agricultural Development Centers namely Abu Gumai, Abu Shenina, Khor Eldom, and Kharen Kharen center. The project was assigned to Abu Gumai Cooperative Union(AGCU) to administer in 2000. The project acts to provide sustainable programme on agricultural and rural development services, in conjunction with cooperative credit as means to increase production capacity, to increase farm income, and improve the socio-economic situation for 6600 households in the project area. Then the farmers in the study area suffer from the deficiency or shortage of the agricultural inputs and low rates of adoption of some services. To achieve the objectives of this study, a multi- stage sampling technique was used which covered 4 Agricultural Development Centers (ADC) in the project area. The selection of one village was purposive to represent each of ADCs. From each village an accidental sample of 16 respondents was selected. The total sample size is 64 respondents. Primary data were collected from respondents in the study area by two methods, personal interviews using questionnaire, and group interviews of local leaders and the public officials. Relevant secondary data were obtained from different sources. Frequency distribution analysis was used for testing the hypotheses of the study. The study reflected the differences in some of the socio-economic characteristics, and sustainability of project services during two periods of the project in the same area and objectives, mainly to compare between ; Period (1) SRADP supported by IFAD, called in this study as during project and, Period (2)existing project operated by AGCU, called in this study as after project. The main findings of this study are the following ; 1. Most of the respondents were young, from Fung tribe, with strong family ties, educated, formal education between 1-6 years, middle sized families, headed by man, straw and mud houses, have one wife, small scale farmers and practiced agriculture. This may help in insuring sustainability of the project development. 2. Most of the respondents reflected that the existing project period faced with many problems that constitute constraints for sustainability of the project activities. 3. Most of the respondents reflected that the project services were substantially sustained, reasonably sustained, sustained to small degree, and extremely not sustained in the existing project period. The inadequacy and lack of such services affected sustainability negatively. 4. Most of the respondents reflected that the project activities were not substantially adopted in the existing project period. Not adopted activities affected sustainability negatively. 5. Most of the respondents reflected that the existing project period failed to reach its objectives, organization, target groups, extension methods, and offerings, which caused the un- sustainability of the project. 6. Most of the respondents reflected non-existences of negative environmental impacts from activities at the two periods of project, which had a positive effect on performance and sustainability of the project. 7. Most of the respondents reflected that the existing project period failed to achieve good progress and success, and weak preference of the project activities. The inadequacy and lack of such activities affected sustainability negatively. According to the results of the study, the project has failed to achieve sustainable agricultural and rural development services in the area due to the following factors ; • Negligence of governmental role for development. • Ineffective administrative system. • Decreasing funding for development. • Unavailability of agricultural inputs. • Absence of community participation. • Lack of public awareness and weak adoption rates. • Lack of agricultural extension services . The study proposed some recommendations for the project management in order to assure community participation and sustainability of project activities in the long run.
Description: August 2005
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/11073
Date: 2015-05-19


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