Audit of USAID/Pakistan's Agribusiness Project
USAID/Pakistan develop an action plan to make sure project goals can be reached by the end of 2016, or, if they cannot, determine whether the agreement signed with the Agribusiness Support Fund should be discontinued.
Recommend that prior to making future awards, USAID/Pakistan implement mission-wide procedures to verify independently that corrective actions are sufficient to address weaknesses identified in its preaward assessments.
USAID/Pakistan implement a plan to confirm that the policies and procedures of the Agribusiness Support Fund related to governance, procurement, human resource, information technology, and agribusiness operations comply with USAID regulations.
USAID/Pakistan follow up with the Agribusiness Support Fund to correct the weaknesses identified in the second preaward assessment report.
USAID/Pakistan implement a strategy to work with the Agribusiness Support Fund to update its finance and procurement manuals and implement the integrated management information system.
USAID/Pakistan implement a plan to monitor the second-year annual plan to confirm that the project can meet its targets, outcomes, and goals.
USAID/Pakistan require the Agribusiness Support Fund to stop advance payments to subrecipients responsible for forming farmer groups until it conducts a thorough preaward responsibility determination.
USAID/Pakistan obtain a revised annual plan from the Agribusiness Support Fund to include specific grant activities that it plans to implement during the year, with benchmarks, milestones, and expected outputs and outcomes.
USAID/Pakistan require the Agricultural Support Fund to record the nonrefundable application fees received from the grantees as income in the project accounts.