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Evaluation of FAO’s Programme in West Bank and Gaza Strip 2011-2015

31/08/2017

The purpose of this evaluation was to review the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO’s) programme in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS), and to better align it with the needs of the Palestinian government as well as affected populations. The evaluation also aimed to enhance the impact of FAO’s contributions to achieve the Global Goals of FAO’s members: i) eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; ii) elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and iii) sustainable management and utilization of natural resources at the country level. The evaluation covered the entire programme implemented by FAO in the West Bank and Gaza Strip between 2011 and 2015, including activities funded through trust funds and FAO’s own resources. The evaluation’s framework of analysis was based on the goals of the two programming documents, the Plan of Action 2011-2013 and the Programme Framework 2014-2016.

WBGS faces a protracted crisis due to the occupation, characterized by access restrictions to water and land and to domestic and external markets, recurrent conflict, longstanding economic food access crisis, the breakdown of livelihoods and insufficient institutional capacity to respond. The viability of agricultural livelihoods, furthermore, is constrained by specific and different vulnerabilities and risks in the West Bank (e.g. settler violence, land confiscation, restriction of movement and access to land and water, problems tied to administration of Area C) and the Gaza Strip (e.g. blockade, high dependency on food imports, access to land in the Seam Zone and to the sea, high dependency on relief aid, high price volatility, erratic restrictions to entry and export of goods). The evaluation therefore assessed FAO’s work both in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, considering the different challenges faced by the population in the two areas.

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