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 FAO’s Technical Cooperation Assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
This was the first comprehensive independent evaluation of FAO’s technical cooperation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It examined themes, projects and priority areas in the cooperation, including results achieved, partnerships forged and capacity development efforts. It found that the technical cooperation assistance programme continues to respond to priorities identified by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. The achievements have been substantial in some technical domains such as animal health, fisheries, aquaculture and environmental rehabilitation. Projects were largely successful in delivering substantial outputs and achieving targets. The evaluation however notes that the country is yet to benefit from the full array of FAO services because of the absence of a strategic engagement to strengthen national food security policies and priorities. It recommends that future technical cooperation assistance with the Kingdom should adopt a programmatic approach that aims to contribute to larger goals like environmental sustainability and rural development, in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision for Sustainable Development and the Tenth National Development Plan.
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.
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. I will be finalised in June 2017.
Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
This evaluation assesses FAO’s contribution in Pakistan, from an outcome perspective, to strengthening food security, natural resource management, resilience of livelihoods and rural agricultural development with a focus on priority areas of the Country Programming Framework 2012-2017. It assesses FAO’s strategic relevance in addressing the country’s needs and the Organization’s positioning in terms of partnerships, programme coherence, synergies with other development actors and its pursuit of the UN norms and standards. It identifies lessons and best practices that could contribute to significant improvements in future programming.