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Implimentation Arrangement

Due to the nature of aflatoxin contamination - affecting the entire value chain - the Aflatoxin Control in Maize and Groundnut Value Chains will require a systemic approach that is multi-sectorial and a coordinated and integrated effort from different line Ministries, namely – Ministry of Agriculture(MoA), The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MITI) for the Tanzania Mainland. For Zanzibar the relevant line ministries are Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries (MANRLF), Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) and Ministry of Industries and Trade (MIT). In addition PACA will serve as technical adviserto the project during implementation. URT will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PACA specifying their detailed involvement and associated cost.

The Ministry of Agriculture will be the executing agency for the Project and willestablish a Project Coordination Team (PCT), whose Coordinator would be appointedfrom within Government Staff and be seconded to the PCT to ensure timely and efficient implementation of the project. The Project Coordinator will be the head of the PCT and will be assisted by Procurement Specialist, Project Accountant, Project Engineer, Food Safety Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, Assistant Accountant, who willalso be appointedfrom within the Government. These specialists will constitute the Project Management Team (PMT). Before project starts, the Ministry would designate an Interim Project Coordinator.

The PCT will ensure that Project activities are initiated and are adequately budgeted for, consolidate project records, submit all procurement documents to the Bank for review and approval; compile and submit all disbursement applications and quarterly progress reports; undertake annual audits of all project accounts and submit the audit reports to the Bank. The PCT will coordinate and manage the development of Annual Work Plans and Budget, coordinate responsibilities between the various implementing partners and report to the Project Steering Committee, as described below. The PCT will also be responsible for the M&E framework development and implementation. Baseline studies, project implementation manuals including the M&E manual will be elaborated immediately after the PCT is in place.

In Zanzibar, implementation will be led by a Project Manager who will report directly to the Project Coordinatorin the Mainland and line-ministries in Zanzibar, namely - Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries (MANRLF), Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing (MITIM). S/he will be supported by the appointed Procurement & Financial Management Specialist responsible for project records, procurement documents; submission of all disbursement applications and quarterly progress reports; as well as annual audits and audit reports to thePCT and the Bank.

Other institutions involved in implementing project activities would also appoint technical staff to act as Focal Point who would take overall responsibility for the implementation of activities falling under their responsibility.

At national level, a Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be established to provide overall guidance and coordination between the implementing ministries/institutions. It will be an inter-ministerial/multi-sectoral body that will sit in MoA - the lead ministry for the project. The PSC will comprise members from across the above ministries from the Mainland and Zanzibar, as well as a representative of the National Mycotoxin Steering Committee. The PSC will be chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.Director of Food Security and Director of Policy and Planning will be members of the PSC. The Project Coordinator will take the role of PSC Secretary, while the Project Manager for Zanzibar will be the Assistant Secretary. The PSC will approve the Project’s Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWPB) and Procurement Plans.

At district level, the District Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperative Officer (DAICO)will designate a Project Support Officer (PSO) among local staff, who will support the implementation and technical supervision of the Project.The PSO will be under the direct guidance of the PCT. In order to coordinate and manage the multi-sector interventionsat regional and district levels, the project will use the existing Government structures.