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Evaluations in FAO aim to provide credible, useful and evidence-based analyses that feed into the policy and practice of FAO and its partners, therefore helping to achieve sustainable reduction of poverty and hunger, in line with the Organization’s agreed goals and strategic objectives.

Recent evaluations

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to Strategic Objective 4: Enabling Inclusive and Efficient Agricultural and Food Systems

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems (SO4)

In today’s interconnected world, with globalized food trade and resource flows across different regions, a ‘systems thinking’ for sustainable consumption and production patterns is needed. FAO’s SO4 programme is about broadening perspectives - from a focus on production to a holistic agricultural and food system approach. It seeks to optimize resource efficiencies in the production and delivery of cost-effective, healthy and safe products for all, while ensuring the inclusion and integration of smallholder producers, vulnerable consumer groups and economically weaker countries. The evaluation found the programme highly relevant, yet its food systems approach not well understood. FAO is well-positioned to support countries in developing sustainable food systems; however, it needs to better communicate its value offering and ensure that the skill sets are in place to collaborate with a wider range of stakeholders. Innovative approaches for resource mobilization should be pursued for significant impacts.

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to rural poverty reduction through Strategic Programme 3

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to rural poverty reduction through Strategic Programme 3

This evaluation assessed the strategic relevance and progress in the implementation of FAO’s new approach to rural poverty reduction at country level. The evaluation found that FAO’s new approach, which besides its long-standing work on smallholder agriculture includes areas such as social protection and decent rural employment, has started to support the formulation of multi-sectoral responses to address rural poverty reduction. Building on the early successes, FAO needs to consolidate the progress achieved to fully demonstrate the efficacy of the new approach. Some recommended actions include undertaking targeted capacity building and systematic poverty analysis in programme design. A tailored resource mobilisation strategy and a deeper engagement with partners would help with the upscaling of work in promising areas. It further recommends an analysis of what practices work best in order to enhance FAO’s contribution to gender equality.



Ongoing evaluations

Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender

Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender

This evaluation will assess FAO’s success in mainstreaming the gender dimension into its programmes, and synthesise findings from the five Strategic Objective evaluations, as per FAO gender policy. In addition, the evaluation will suggest how FAO could further integrate gender issues in contextual analysis, programme design and implementation, with a view to enhancing programme effectiveness and overall development contribution. It will be presented at the FAO Conference in 2019.

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in the Arab Republic of Egypt

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Arab Republic of Egypt

This evaluation assesses FAO’s cooperation in Egypt from 2012 to 2017, including its strategic relevance in the country, particularly in responding to national priorities and challenges within the Organization’s mandate and comparative advantage. It analyses the strategic positioning of FAO in terms of programme coherence, synergies with other development actors, partnerships, and pursuit of the UN norms and standards including gender equality and poverty reduction. It assess FAO’s contributions to national priorities especially in food security and rural agricultural development with particular focus on the four priority areas of the Country Programming Framework 2012-2017. Findings from the evaluation will help strengthen the relevance and effectiveness of FAO’s interventions in the country.