Independent Evaluation of AGRA’s Policy Project - The Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) Project

Excecutive Summary

The overall objective of this consultancy is to conduct an evaluation of the Micro-Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) project. MIRA was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The Grant Agreement was signed in August 2013 and actual implementation at country-level finished in December 2018. The project was implemented in five focus countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. MIRA aimed at measurably improving the enabling business environment in order to expand investments in agribusiness firms in agricultural value chains. The Project Development Objective (PDO) was defined as follows: “At least 25 significant policy and regulatory reforms approved across the five countries within five years that induce measurable changes in private sector perceptions of agribusiness investment enabling environments.” However, we recommend holding the project only accountable up to the approval of the policies and reforms, with the longer-term outcomes and impacts (including “measurable changes in private sector perceptions…”) being beyond the direct control of MIRA. This is particularly true given the relatively short implementation period of approximately five and a half years.

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