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Ongoing evaluations

Since 1968, when the FAO evaluation service was established, the Organization has consistently supported systematic evaluation of its programmes and projects, irrespective of their funding sources. Hence, evaluation has become a regular and integral element in FAO’s results-based management (RBM) system. The following are brief descriptions of evaluations that are currently being conducted by the FAO Office of Evaluation:

Thematic

Evaluation of FAO’s work in Gender

Evaluation of FAO’s work in Gender

FAO recognizes that rural women and men, together, hold the keys to ending hunger and extreme poverty. Rural women and girls in particular, are recognized as major agents of change. Across the developing world, women make up 48 percent of the agricultural labour force. As farmers and farm workers, horticulturists and market sellers, businesswomen, entrepreneurs and community leaders, they fulfil important roles throughout agri-food value chains, as well as in the management of natural resources such as land and water. Yet the gender gap in food and agriculture is extensive. This evaluation intends to synthesise from the five Strategic Objective evaluations how the gender dimension has been effectively mainstreamed in various strands of FAO’s work as per the FAO Policy on Gender Equality. It further intends to make suggestions inter alia on 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. Findings will be presented at the FAO Conference in 2019.

 

Evaluation of FAO's work in Nutrition

Evaluation of FAO's work in Nutrition

Over the 2012-2017 period, major policy developments have taken place both internal and external to FAO, with a renewed focus on a food systems approach to address malnutrition in all its forms. There is a growing awareness of the need to confront hunger and malnutrition on a global scale, and an increasing recognition that health-focused interventions are not sufficient to make progress on nutrition. Effective and sustainable strategies to address malnutrition must be multi-sectoral, with food and agriculture playing a key role. National and international actors have gone beyond nutrition-specific initiatives, placing a new focus on mainstreaming nutrition in sectoral interventions, and markedly on planning and implementation of agricultural policies. This evaluation took stock of the progress achieved in implementing the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s work on nutrition since 2012. The exercise was closely coordinated with the recently completed evaluation of Strategic Objective 1, i.e. to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Evaluation of FAO’s support to the Sub-Regional Office for Meso America (SLM)

Evaluation of FAO’s support to the Sub-Regional Office for Meso America (SLM)

This evaluation will review FAO's support to SLM sub-region during the 2013-2018 period in order to assess the type of support provided by SLM to the regional member countries. The report will be finalised towards the end of the year 2018. Click here for evaluation brief in ENG or SPA

Country Programme

Evaluation of FAO's contributions to Mexico

Evaluation of FAO's contributions to Mexico

This evaluation will review FAO's support to Mexico during the 2014-2018 period in order to assess progress against the 2014-2018 Country Partnership Framework (CPF) and provide recommendations to inform the preparation of the next CPF that will cover 2019-2025. The evaluation will be finalised towards the end of the year 2018.

Evaluation of FAO's contributions to the Republic of Uganda

Evaluation of FAO's contributions to the Republic of Uganda

This evaluation assesses the totality of FAO’s cooperation with the Republic of Uganda through the Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2015-2019, including the relevance of its programmes in relation to national needs and challenges, contributions made by FAO to national priorities in the areas of rural and agricultural development and capacity building, and the strategic position of FAO in the country in terms of its comparative advantages, partnerships, and synergies with other development actors. The evaluation is deemed particularly timely given the current efforts of the Country Office to better strategize its response to the refugee crisis. It will be finalised in 2019. Click here for evaluation brief

 

Projects

Evaluation of the Global Agenda of Action in Support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development

Evaluation of the Global Agenda of Action in Support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development

Is sustainable livestock production possible, and if so, how does it look like? Livestock sector is at the centre of climate and environmental issues, and plays a major role in poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. To address these issues a multi-stakeholder initiative was created in 2011 to share good practices, build consensus towards shaping sustainable livestock production, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Since then, significant value and progress towards these objectives was made in the form of increased interaction and participation and Members are implementing new practices and policies. The forum now brings together 105 member organizations from Academia, Donors, International Organizations, NGOs, Private Sector, civil society, and producer organizations. Continuing such dialogue is crucial to achieve sustainability, and Members should continue collecting evidence and good practices from their experiences. Sustainability is an urgent and critical issue and should be treated with the highest importance.

Evaluation of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural statistics

Evaluation of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural statistics

This evaluation of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) will assess the extent to which relevance, design, implementation and the work done under coordination, partnership and communication contributed to the achievement of expected results and sustainability. The evaluation will focus on the period following the midterm evaluation, i.e. from January 2016 to September 2018, and will be finalised towards the end of the year 2018.

Evaluation of the Project "Increased Household Food, Income and Nutrition Security through Commercialization of an Integrated and Sustainable Smallholder Livestock Sector in Zimbabwe"

Evaluation of the Project "Increased Household Food, Income and Nutrition Security through Commercialization of an Integrated and Sustainable Smallholder Livestock Sector in Zimbabwe"

The Government of Zimbabwe and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recognized that livestock has the potential to contribute to food, nutrition and income security of households in the semi-arid and drier parts of Zimbabwe, especially in the Natural region IV and V, which covers 65% of the country’s area. This evaluation will serve as an input to improve future project formulation and implementation of similar projects. The evaluation will assess the relevance of the project strategy, quality of project design and implementation arrangements; the results and lessons identified from project implementation. The evaluation will be finalised in summer 2018.

Evaluation of the FAO-WFP joint project to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in Northern Mali

Evaluation of the FAO-WFP joint project to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in Northern Mali

Although FAO and WFP have worked together in other interventions in Mali, these have never been jointly assessed. This evaluation will analyse whether the recent intervention, which was carried out using existing synergies and complementarities between the two agencies, is providing better results compared to individual interventions. The relevance of the project to the context and needs of the target populations of Tombouctou, Gao and Mopti will be analysed, as well as the results that have been achieved towards improving the food security, nutrition and resilience of the target populations, including whether these are sustainable over time. The lessons learnt from this collaboration could be a useful contribution to the two agencies in the development of other joint programs and projects as well as improving collaboration between FAO and WFP more generally. The report will be finalised by summer 2018.

Evaluation of the FAO’s contribution to building resilience to El Niño-induced drought in Southern Africa

Evaluation of the FAO’s contribution to building resilience to El Niño-induced drought in Southern Africa

During the 2015/16 agricultural season, Southern Africa experienced an intense drought driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years. With 70 percent of the population relying on agriculture for their livelihoods, the El Niño had a direct impact on food security and caused loss of income from crop and livestock value chains, as well as loss of income-generating opportunities for vulnerable people that provide labor for the sector. FAO activated a corporate surge response for Southern Africa (L3 Emergency Corporate Response) from July 2016 to February 2017. This evaluation will expand beyond the response to focus on FAO’s approach and response to recurrent natural disasters in Southern Africa, and the inter-face between the short-term and long-term activities (humanitarian-development nexus). The evaluation will also investigate complementarities and gaps that will improve FAO’s long-term support to building resilience to El Niño-induced drought and other climate related events bearing an impact on agriculture and food security. The evaluation will cover the period October 2015 to December 2017, and will be finalised towards the end of the year 2018. 

Evaluation of the Integrated Management of Mangrove and Associated Wetlands and Coastal Forests Ecosystems of the Republic of Congo

Evaluation of the Integrated Management of Mangrove and Associated Wetlands and Coastal Forests Ecosystems of the Republic of Congo

 

Final evaluation of the project “Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides including POPs and Implementation of Pesticides Management Programme”

Final evaluation of the project “Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides including POPs and Implementation of Pesticides Management Programme”

 

 

Final Evaluation of the Project “Land Rehabilitation and Rangelands Management in Smallholders Agro-pastoral Production Systems in South Western Angola (RETESA)”

Final Evaluation of the Project “Land Rehabilitation and Rangelands Management in Smallholders Agro-pastoral Production Systems in South Western Angola (RETESA)”

Evaluation of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Project

Evaluation of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Project