A study of the reasons for success or failure of soil conservation projects - FAO soils bulletin 64

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Norman W. Hudson
Silsoe Agriculture Associates
Ampthill, Bedford
United Kingdom

Soil Resources,
Management and Conservation Service
FAO Land and Water Development Division


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1. Introduction

1.1 Terms of Reference
1.2 Background to the study
1.3 Development of the study

2. Evaluation methods

2.1 What is "success"?
2.2 Evaluation methods used by some agencies
2.3 Methods used in this study

3. During project planning

3.1 Agency policies and procedures
3.2 Policies and procedures of recipient
3.3 Design of projects

4. During implementation

4.1 Donor factors
4.2 Recipient factors
4.3 Technology
4.4 Research
4.5 Monitoring

5. After the project

5.1 Evaluation
5.2 Continuity
5.3 Spreading and sustainability

6. Some variables in project design

6.1 Single or multiple purpose?
6.2 Single or multiple donor?
6.3 The scale of the project
6.4 Scale of agency
6.5 Changing fashions in lending
6.6 Incentives, subsidies and FFW


Appendix 1 - Results of project assessments
Appendix 2 - Summaries of the assessed projects
Appendix 3 - The evaluation method used in this study
Appendix 4 - Possible projects
Appendix 5 - References