In the context of development cooperation management, TWG-AW has been used as a mechanism for coordination, policy dialogue and support to the implementation of 5-year sectoral plans of MAFF and MoWRAM between the Government and Development Partners (DPs) and other stakeholders to attain the goals of NSDP.

The terms of agriculture and water are defined by TWG-AW members under TWG-AW framework to scope the work of TWG-AW  as follows:

(1) Agriculture refers to all  aspects of the production, primary processing and marketing of food and industrial crops as well as livestock and poultry. Forestry and fisheries are not included as they are under other TWG frameworks.

(2) Water refers to water resource utilization and management for irrigation for agriculture activities and to include water saving techniques and the more efficient use of water for crop and animal production.

Followings are some key activities of TWG-AW.

  • Contribute to and facilitate the preparation of overall agriculture and water strategies, policies and programmes, ensuring alignment with higher level priorities as described in the Rectangular Strategy and the National Strategic Development Plan and promoting broad consultation.
  • Contribute to and facilitate the preparation of sub-sector strategies and policies and promoting the necessary consultations.
  • Identify and make recommendations on strategic approaches for sector-wide development, including consideration of requirements and modalities for implementation of programmebased approaches.
  • Contribute to effective resource mobilization for the sectors and subsectors and support efficient use of resources by promoting coordination and prioritization.
  • Develop Joint Monitoring Indicators (outcome, outputs and output indicators) for TWG-AW
  • Develop multiyear and annual work plans with monitoring indicators for the work of TWG-AW, taking account of the availability of human and financial resources and mobilizing additional resources as required.
  • Facilitate information sharing through joint debriefings, exchange of project documents, exchange of study results and other forms of consultations and exchanges including with non-members of the TWG-AW.
  •  Coordinate the effective participation of the various actors in the agriculture and water sector

It is noted that TWG-AW does not replace or duplicate the tasks and responsibilities of line departments or line ministries. The planning of targets, identification of priority areas and definition of indicators as well as the implementation and monitoring remain an RGC responsibility supported by DPs, as appropriate, through the TWG mechanism.

Meetings of the TWG-AW will be called by the co-chairs at frequently as necessary, but at least three times per year. The invitation to meetings will be circulated electronically at least two weeks prior to the planned date together with the proposed agenda and the minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes of each meeting will be circulated by the Secretariat 15 Days after the session for review and comment by the members of the TWG.

In the period between meetings, information may be shared electronically through the Secretariat and any urgent decisions may be taken based on e-mail consultation coordinated by the Secretariat.

ToR of TWG-AW can be downloaded for more detail as below.