European Union PEP PROJECT
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK
SUPPORT TO THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME (PEP)
The Support to the Agricultural Sector Performance Enhancement Programme (PEP) is a project funded by the European Union and managed and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (MAL). The programme’s total budget is Euro 8,900,000 and its overall objective is to contribute to growth and poverty reduction in Zambia through a strengthened agriculture sector.
The purpose of the project is that the capacity of MAL is strengthened in an effective and sustainable way and their operations improved, and this will be achieved by providing financial and managerial support in four key result areas:
1. Change Management and Service Delivery;
2. Sector policy, Planning and Financial Management;
3. Human Resources (HR) Management and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and
4. Monitoring and Evaluation.
The programme is implemented through Programme Estimates, which include activities and budgets and implementation arrangements, agreed and signed by the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Authorising Office in the Ministry of Finance and the European Commission Delegation.
To date, a Start-Up Programme Estimate (SUPE) has been completed (August 2012 to January 2013) and the first Operational Programme Estimate (PE1) is underway (February 2013 to February 2014). The second Programme Estimate (PE2) is about to start.