Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP) is the programme framework for developing agricultural sector and operationalizing the ASDS. It is part of the operational response to a set of policies and initiatives designed to re-orient and re-invigorate the national economy. ASDP is the main tool for central government for coordinating and monitoring agricultural development and for incorporating national reforms. It also establishes operational linkage between the Agricultural Sector Lead Ministries (ASLMs) and other national stakeholders as well as introducing more effective management systems.
ASDP forges the connection between the demand driven field based district planning processes, and the mobilization and monitoring of national and international investment in agriculture.
These changes require a transformation in the way public sector operates. These include improved critical analysis of projects and programmes, better understanding of farmers needs and risks determination to ensure that agriculture is profitable and heightened respect for the principles of good governance.
Key design principles envisioned in the ASDP include
Increasing control of resources by beneficiaries. It stresses the importance of increasing the voice of farmers in local planning processes and increasing their control in the design and implementation of priority investments and in the types of services that they need;
Pluralism in service provision. It aims at providing a wider choice in service provision to increase cost-effectiveness and competitions;
Results based resource transfers: Resource allocations to Local Government Authorities (LGAs) are done through transparent and equitable through adopting and extending the local government grant system;
Integration with government systems: Existing government financing and planning systems are used to ensure sustainability.
Financing of ASDP
The ASDP financing is through the General Budget Support (GBS), ASDP Basket Fund, Area Based Projects (PADEP, DASIP, ASPS and AMSDP) and Beneficiaries contributions. Private sector investment i.e. the resources mobilized by farmers, traders and processors to make agriculture happens contributes crucially to ASDP success. Financial year 2006/2007 was the first year in implementing the programme under Basket Fund arrangement