The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Policy was member of the Steering Committee. When its representative continued to not show up the program was almost stopped. The local department was more actively engaged, for example in the Grant committee.
Implementation of the programme depended on a myriad of government agencies that had to provide approvals. That was frustrating and obstructing rather than enabling. Most beneficiaries reported that it was necessary to make informal payments in order to proceed. Partly through the intervention by the programme, the government institutions gradually became less or no longer blocking investment plans. Less government officials visit the farms-enterprises to collect data or approve (or collect) something.
Towards the end of the programme, with the Poroshenko government, the situation changed. There were numerous consultations with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Policy staff who started to develop a new understanding on how to develop a market based agricultural sector, based on the concept of the programme. This is a national sector level impact. The Facilitating Office’s report on the dysfunctional Regulatory environment which, was shared with for example the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), USAid and the European Union (EU) delegation, fed into the reform of the agricultural sector. The reform is expected to result in more clear rules, less authorities, more transparency in the subsidy regime, and less corruption.Top