The PMA Secretariat was established as the administrative arm of the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) and its current mandate and functions were derived from the PMA framework which envisaged a strong cross-sectoral approach to agriculture policy discourse. The emphasis of PMA was on coordination of cross sectoral activities based on seven identified pillars. Over time, however, its role has evolved to a more agriculture-sector focus. A functional and institutional analysis of the PMA Secretariat was conducted earlier this year by a member of the consultancy team and arising from that exercise it was proposed to rename the institution as the National Agriculture Sector Secretariat (NASSEC). Under the work plan which was developed as a component of functional analysis exercise it is envisaged that NASSEC will be responsible for the following core activities:
Cross-sectoral coordination among MAAIF, other MDAs, private sector, civil society and development partners. This involves organizing an annual agriculture stakeholders forum, reviewing complementary activities from other sectors as input into agriculture sector budget and review process, identifying and advocating for complementary investments to agriculture by other ministries in the annual budget process through working with relevant Sector Working Groups, etc;
Technical and policy analysis for DSIP implementation. This involves leading the finalization of the National Agriculture Policy in collaboration with the Directorate of Policy and Planning in MAAIF, conducting technical studies on profitability analysis of strategic enterprises, developing criteria for and reviewing projects/investments for compliance with the DSIP and undertaking annual value chain studies for strategic commodities in the DSIP;
Independent monitoring of DSIP implementation from a broad perspective. This will be done by programme and/or by implementing agency or implementer and will involve identifying performance indicators for approval by MAAIF TPM and establishing an integrated database system, undertaking expenditure reviews in agriculture by project or implementing agency annually before budget cycle and undertake joint annual programme implementation reviews to feed into agricultural sector review; and
Identify and conduct emerging agriculture policy research and disseminate information to guide decision-making by MAAIF management. This involves undertaking related studies, synthesizing and disseminating best practices on topical policy subjects, organizing policy dialogues every quarter, producing quarterly bulletins on studies undertaken and producing quarterly policy briefs.
The institutional arrangements proposed in the functional review exercise envisage that the NASSEC will work through and support the Agriculture Sector Working Group (ASWG). The ASWG is composed of MAAIF TPM and includes heads of all MAAIF sector agencies (NARO, NAADS, UCDA, CDC, DDA, COCTU, NAGRC&DB), Donor Sub-Group on Agriculture, MOFPED, and representation from private sector, NGOs, civil society, ULGA and the Agricultural Council of Uganda.
The PMA Secretariat reports to the Permanent Secretary, MAAIF on a day to day basis. The Secretariat provides indirect support functions to the Top Policy Management (TPM) Committee which is comprised of the MAAIF’s political and technical leadership and the TPM Technical Committee which is composed of directors and heads of agencies.
A technical and knowledge hub for the Agriculture Sector
Provide technical support and cross-Sectoral coordination for implementation of Agriculture policy.
Values of the PMA Secretariat
5. Team work
The PMA Secretariat is located at:
Mukwasi House (3rd Floor)
Plot 39-A Lumumba Avenue
P.O. Box 5675