Khentii Province with 70,900 inhabitants is a rural province in eastern Mongolia. It has one of the highest unemployment levels in Mongolia (17.5%). The economy of the province is led by the livestock sector and suffers from the lack of diversity and limited market for livestock products. The province has the potential to develop its vegetable sector to boost its development and improve local living standards. The local production covers around 60% of the local needs in vegetables.
Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) in Mongolia implemented “Strengthening CSOs-LAs Partnership in the Agricultural Sector in Khentii Province“ project between February 2016 and March 2019 in collaboration with the Groupe Energies Renouvelables Environnement et Solidarités (GERES) and National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Cooperatives (NAMAC).
The project aimed to enhance the participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the agriculture sector, so as to contribute to inclusive and sustainable development in Khentii Province and to improve the living conditions of the rural population of Khentii Province through raising the capacity of CSOs and fostering partnerships between CSOs and Local Authorities (LAs). The main beneficiaries of the project were CSOs from Khentii province, cooperatives, local producer groups and local farmers, LAs, public bodies (schools, hospitals, etc.) and national authorities.
In order to reach the objectives of the project, the project aimed to achieve 4 expected results & complete dozens of innovative activities:
ER1: The management, governance and coordination structures of the Civil Society Organizations have been enhanced
Activities: Mapping of the CSOs that are active in the agriculture sector in Khentii province and assessment of their capacity gaps and needs, establishment of a CSO network and enhancement of the good governance and management skills of CSOs.
ER2: The capacity of CSOs has been strengthened
Activities: Conduction of a situation analysis and a market study in the province, dissemination of the study results and methodology, elaboration of technical, organization and methodological training curricula and materials, train the trainers activities
ER3: Cooperatives and local farmers have increased their agricultural production and market linkages thanks to extension services delivered by CSOs
Activities: Establishment of 2 Training and Demonstration Farms with innovative tools and practices, organization of training of target groups, methodological assistance and linkage for cooperatives and farmers to apply for local procurement tenders, support to farmer group initiatives, according to local dynamics and sharing of training materials with vocational schools and business centres.
ER4: CSOs/LA partnerships and local procurement have been consolidated at the local level and promoted at the national level.
Activities: Raising of awareness of the benefits of local procurement and CSOs-Las partnerships, organization of a series of CSOs-Las roundtable discussions regarding local issues, facilitation of the creation of a local agriculture development strategy by the CSOs and Las and conduction of advocacy at the national level for greater CSO participation in policy- and decision-making.