Field-based monitoring: USAID MELSA team visits IAA implementing states

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The USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Social Accountability (MELSA) team has begun a field-based monitoring (FBM) exercise for the Integrated Agriculture Activity (IAA) implementing states in Nigeria. The exercise commenced on 20 March in communities in Borno and Yobe states, after which the team will move to Adamawa and Gombe states in April.

The exercise aims to verify the Activity’s output and assess compliance with the annual work plan and other tasks. During this period, the MELSA team assessed agronomy, nutrition, and youth and gender interventions while interacting with the Activity staff and beneficiaries.

In Yobe State, especially, the team met with the Director of Agriculture and Extension services and the extension agents. They also visited communities with profiled farmers and interacted with community leaders in Fika, Nangere, and Damaturu LGAs. The beneficiaries in the five implementing Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were receptive as they shared the Activity’s impact on their lives and communities.

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