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.
Evaluation of Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction programme
This evaluation assessed the catalytic role of the Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction programme and its overall contribution to enhanced, coordinated and informed food security and nutrition governance at the global, regional and national levels. It found that the programme has been very successful and has accomplished a great deal in four years. It has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways. At the regional level, the programme has supported integration of nutrition into national agriculture sector investment plans in Africa and linkage of the scaling up nutrition multi-sectoral process to national policies. At the country level, tools developed with support of the programme are being used to improve evidence base for nutrition in agriculture. The evaluation notes that coherence of the programme is less evident at the country level and that government follow-up in the 48 countries covered has not been as systematic as expected. It recommends strengthening of the civil society mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security through more inclusive and more systematic representation and consultations. It advises FAO to intensify efforts in harmonising its resilience measurement approaches, focusing on food and nutrition outcomes.
Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 5: Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises
In FAO’s Reviewed Strategic Framework 2010-19, Strategic Objective 5 (SO5) was dedicated to “increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises”. This evaluation reviewed the conceptual and planning framework for SO5, FAO’s capacity to translate the framework into action, preliminary results achieved and FAO’s global positioning in resilience. The evaluation found that collaboration within FAO has markedly improved under SO5, although there are still opportunities for greater synergies between different units, and that FAO has positioned itself well to contribute to the resilience agenda. The renewed international interest in resilience represents an opportunity for FAO. Seizing it will require strengthened operational, programmatic and technical capacity, greater use of pooled funds to mitigate funding unpredictability and investing in resilience capabilities and processes over the long term. It will also require an increased attention to training and knowledge management and dedicated efforts to document and scale up good practices accrued from decades of FAO’s work in resilience.
Evaluation of the Global Programme to Support the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests
This evaluation assesses projects implemented under Phase 1 of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) programme, including the processes, results and impact at the global and country levels. It assesses contributions by the programme to the achievement of its objective: “Improve governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests contributing to the eradication of hunger and poverty, to sustainable development and to the sustainable use of the environment.” It also examines the results achieved under each of the five programme components – awareness-raising and dissemination, capacity development tools and approaches, targeted support to countries, partnerships, and monitoring. Findings will contribute to the design of projects for Phase 2.
Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in Bangladesh
This evaluation examines FAO’s cooperation with Bangladesh from 2011 to 2016, including activities funded through the Trust Fund and FAO’s resources. It assesses FAO’s strategic relevance in addressing the country’s needs and challenges, as well as contributions to national priorities in rural and agricultural development. It also assesses the strategic positioning of FAO in terms of partnerships, programme coherence, synergies with other development actors, and pursuit of the UN norms and standards, including gender. Findings from the evaluation will be useful for re-focusing Bangladesh’s next country programming framework to align it better to the country, regional and FAO priorities.