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The importance of the initiatives described in this proposal cannot be underestimated. The proposal would benefit, however, from further clarification on how to ensure sustainability of these initiatives given that they have been implemented widely and often suffer from falling participation rates and challenges of maintenance. Furthermore, demonstrating how the benefits of these initiatives, which would often accrue over longer time periods would reach communities equitably would be another important challenge to address.
This is presented as a project, but there is no theory of change or action framework to show how the project would work.
Well presented project proposal with a credible combination of agroecological practises, agroforestry, water management, education, new value chains. The integration between the actions is very well built and there is a good feasibility perspective due to existing contacts and partnerships with cooperatives. The impact are potentially important and the timeline is realistic. There seems to be a misunderstanding about the budget, with a possible confusion between the prize and the budget for the proposal. There is no way that this ambitious proposal, even at pilot stage, can be implemented with a 10.000 dollars budget.
The proponent will need to provide further information to strengthen the proposal target intervention area and number of beneficiaries (and hectares to define better the scale and exact local of the project as ASAL is very wide!
This proposal is relevant and specific to its context and incorporates on-the-ground knowledge. There is also a good use of existing structures and institutions (cooperatives). The authors mention the potential of target smallholder farmers resisting the intervention, how will the project team address this barrier and secure local ownership? Overall, while the project does promote a variety of approaches (for example, voluntary clean production approaches in the production supply chain), how do the authors envision influencing behaviour change and encourage buy in?
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