A recent initiative funded through the USAID-funded Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) resulted in a thorough assessment of the Farm Service Centers (FSC’s) recently created in part through the assistance of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) program. That study also included an evaluation of the supply and demand of agricultural inputs, i.e., seed, fertilizer, pesticides, machinery services, technology, and affordable credit. As a result, recommendations were made that called for the ASA to step up its training programs to close a perceived technology gap. Those were to develop and deliver financial management and marketing/sales training programs for FSC managers, accountants, and key sales personnel; intensify farmer training specifically applicable to USAID-EPI target crops; and coordinate a countrywide effort to establish well designed, conveniently located demonstration plots that promote and exhibit the technologies used to produce the identified crops.
By taking a more robust role in supporting EPI objectives, some of the new activities could challenge ASA’s capabilities and, therefore, it was deemed necessary to reevaluate the organization’s capabilities and, if needed, identify ways to strengthen the association.
This report is entirely oriented on assessment of organization's capabilities and reveal the weak point in order to straighten them.