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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:

Independent Evaluation of FAO Evaluation Function

Independent Evaluation of FAO Evaluation Function

FAO is mandated by its governing body to conduct an independent evaluation of its evaluation function every six years. Evaluation of the evaluation function started in December 2015 and will be completed by September 2016. The Office of Evaluation provides only administrative support to this evaluation to avoid conflict of interest.

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 3 (SO3): Reduce Rural Poverty

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 3 (SO3): Reduce Rural Poverty

This evaluation examines FAO’s contribution to rural poverty reduction and how the poverty reduction effects of various strands of FAO’s work can be enhanced. It is assesses FAO’s activities and achievements in the light of the theory of change for SO3 and its intended organizational outcomes. In so doing, it will provide insights for future programming under SO3 and forward-looking recommendations to maximize the strategic relevance and contribution of FAO to improved access to resources, services, decent employment and social protection by the rural poor. It will be finalized in May 2017.

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 4 (SO4): Enable Inclusive and Efficient Agricultural and Food Systems

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 4 (SO4): Enable Inclusive and Efficient Agricultural and Food Systems

This evaluation examines FAO’s contribution to inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems through policy, normative and capacity development initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of the rural poor. It will provide insights for future programming under SO4 and forward-looking recommendations to maximize the strategic relevance of FAO in enabling inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems. It will be finalized in the last quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises

This evaluation examines FAO’s contribution to enhanced resilience through supporting social, economic, political and institutional systems. Building upon a number of evaluations conducted on FAO’s emergency interventions in the past, it examines how the resilience programme approach has helped FAO to improve relevance and effectiveness of its work in enhancing the ability of people, communities and countries to withstand damage from disasters or crises and to recover rapidly. Lessons from the evaluation will help FAO in developing better strategies for resilience programmes. It will be finalized in the third quarter of 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Guatemala

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Guatemala

This evaluation examines FAO’s strategic positioning and contribution to food security and nutrition, sustainable natural resources management, adaptation to climate change, agrarian policy, and competitiveness of family farming in Guatemala between 2013 and 2016. In particular, a beneficiary assessment is being carried out to know how FAO has promoted good agricultural practices for smallholders, whether these practices are improving food security and natural resource management, and if the specific needs of indigenous communities have been taken into consideration. FAO’s ability to influence the policy debate and strengthen rural development institutions is being assessed through a separate study on institutional capacity strengthening. Findings from the evaluation will provide lessons to enhance relevance of the next Country Programming Framework. It will be finalized in June 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

This evaluation assesses the achievements of the technical cooperation programme, including the levels of technical operational support and management guidance received. It aims to provide advice for modifying the programme’s key priorities to respond more appropriately to future needs for agricultural development in the Kingdom. It examines FAO’s technical cooperation programme with the Kingdom in its entirety from 2007 to September 2015. It will be finalized in May 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the United Republic of Tanzania

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the United Republic of Tanzania

This evaluation examines FAO’s strategic positioning and contribution to promoting agriculture as a profitable business in the United Republic of Tanzania from 2014 to 2016. In particular, it looks at how FAO has supported the formulation and operationalisation of national agricultural policies, strategies and frameworks – both on the Mainland and Zanzibar – in support of agricultural transformations. It also examines outcomes from FAO’s participation in the One UN joint programmes and its partnership strategy and approach under the framework in order to identify ways to enhance FAO’s strategic positioning within such frameworks. It will be finalized in August 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Myanmar

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Myanmar

This evaluation examines FAO’s strategic positioning and contribution to strengthening food security, natural resource management and resilience of livelihoods in Myanmar from 2010 to 2015. It assesses how FAO has strengthened livelihoods in coastal fishing areas and in disaster-affected zones and progressed from emergency response to relief and rehabilitation. The evaluation will conduct case studies in the Rakhine and Post Nargis response areas and assess interventions related to transboundary animal diseases. It will be finalized in December 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the Kyrgyz Republic

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the Kyrgyz Republic

This evaluation examines FAO’s contribution in the Kyrgyz Republic through each of the priority areas of work under the Country Programming Framework 2015-2017 – food security and nutrition, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and rural poverty reduction – with the objective of enhancing FAO’s responsiveness to the country’s needs. It is specifically examining how FAO has supported the development of agricultural, livestock, fishery and forestry sectors and contributed to improved design and implementation of food security and rural development policies and programmes. It will be finalized in May 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

This evaluation analyses FAO’s performance in relation to the global relevance of the programme in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including the results achieved, coherence and synergies, partnerships and other crosscutting issues. It covers FAO’s programme in the area from 2011 to 2015, broadly centred on resilience and economic growth. It will be finalized in September 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Côte d’Ivoire

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Côte d’Ivoire

This is an evaluation of FAO’s technical and emergency cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire, a lower-middle income country. Using the Country Programming Framework, the evaluation will report on FAO’s results in areas outlined in the Framework – increased agricultural production, governance of natural resources and the rural sector, and resilience.  FAO activities in the country include response to the sociopolitical crisis, support to agricultural value chains, and increased agricultural production and management of natural resources. The resulting recommendations aim to increase FAO’s relevance and impact in Côte d’Ivoire and outline best practices and lessons for learning at the national, regional and global levels. It will be finalized in December 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the Republic of the Niger

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in the Republic of the Niger

The evaluation assesses FAO’s strategic positioning and the results achieved in the priority areas outlined in the Country Programming Framework, including resilience, improved agricultural productivity and strengthened governance capacity in the rural sector. It will provide useful insight for enhancing the relevance and contribution of FAO to improving food and nutritional security in the country. It will be finalized in September 2016.

Cluster Evaluation of two Right to Food Projects

Cluster Evaluation of two Right to Food Projects

This evaluation reviews progress and outlines lessons learned from two projects regarding the Right to Food. It analyses project outcomes and outputs at the global, regional and national levels, while also examining contributions to FAO’s normative work. It will be finalized in May 2016.

Evaluation of the Project, Strengthening the Sustainability of Land Restitution Processes in Colombia

Evaluation of the Project, Strengthening the Sustainability of Land Restitution Processes in Colombia

This evaluation assesses the extent to which the project has contributed to the economic strength and viability of communities of returnee families and families displaced as result of the socio-political conflict in Colombia. This end of project evaluation focuses on the potential results and effects generated by the project, implemented in the context of the land restitution process. It will be finalized in June 2016.

Evaluation of Mainstreaming Food and Nutrition Security and the Right to Food into the Smallholder Commercialization Programme of Sierra Leone

Evaluation of Mainstreaming Food and Nutrition Security and the Right to Food into the Smallholder Commercialization Programme of Sierra Leone

This evaluation reviews progress made by FAO to support the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners to promote the Right to Food and improve dietary quality through a smallholder commercialization programme and district development plans. It will be finalized in July 2016.

Evaluation of the Second Project Cycle of the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the Plant Genetic Resources Treaty

Evaluation of the Second Project Cycle of the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the Plant Genetic Resources Treaty

This evaluation assess the results achieved by 19 projects concluded under the second project cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty. It assess the projects’ contribution to the Fund’s objectives of improving food security and building resilience among vulnerable farmers and rural populations in developing countries. It will provide forward-looking recommendations to improve the sustainability and dissemination of benefits arising from the implementation of the Fund’s portfolio and contribute to the overall enhancement of the Fund’s grant mechanism. It will be finalized in September 2016.

Evaluation of Australian Assistance to Agricultural Development in Balochistan Border Areas

Evaluation of Australian Assistance to Agricultural Development in Balochistan Border Areas

This evaluation examines how the Australian-assisted project is contributing to the establishment of small agribusiness enterprises for rural communities and to women’s empowerment within targeted districts of the Provincial Government of Balochistan. Its findings will help improve future implementation of the project and provide accountability to relevant stakeholders. It will be finalized in June 2016.

Final Evaluation of the Environmentally Sustainable Food Security Programme in Myanmar

Final Evaluation of the Environmentally Sustainable Food Security Programme in Myanmar

This evaluation examines the strategic relevance of the environmentally sustainable food security programme to the Country Programming Framework and its alignment to national priorities, FAO’s corporate strategy, and contribution to the reduction of long-term vulnerability of farmers and fisher folks affected by Typhoon Nargis in the dry zone areas. It examines FAO’s overall recovery support to areas affected by Typhoon Nargis especially in agriculture, fisheries, food security and natural resources management. It will be finalized in June 2016.

Evaluation of Projects on Community Empowerment and Institutional Strengthening for Improved Food and Nutrition Security in AfghanistanCluster Evaluation of Projects on Community Empowerment and Institutional Strengthening for Improved Food and Nutrition

Evaluation of Projects on Community Empowerment and Institutional Strengthening for Improved Food and Nutrition Security in AfghanistanCluster Evaluation of Projects on Community Empowerment and Institutional Strengthening for Improved Food and Nutrition

This is an evaluation of three interlinked projects on food and nutrition security in Afghanistan: (1) Strengthening the Role of Women in Agriculture Development for Improved Household Food; (2) Strengthening Policy Development and Coordination for Food and Nutrition Security in Afghanistan; and (3) Support to Extension Systems, Household Food and Livelihood Security. It will provide lessons for maximizing the strategic relevance of FAO in Afghanistan in food security, policy support, institutional strengthening, gender mainstreaming and capacity development. It will be finalized in May 2016.

Evaluation of Capacity Building for South African Professionals in the Field of Agriculture and Food Security

Evaluation of Capacity Building for South African Professionals in the Field of Agriculture and Food Security

This evaluation assess the FAO’s efforts to improve national capacities for aid management in the agricultural sector and the support to smallholder and emerging farmers in South Africa. It will be finalized in September 2016.

Evaluation of the Programme in Response to the Locust Plague in Madagascar

Evaluation of the Programme in Response to the Locust Plague in Madagascar

This evaluation assesses the achievements and impact of FAO’s contribution to ending the locust plague and returning to locust recession situation in Madagascar between 2013 and 2016. It analyses efforts to strengthen technical capacity in locust monitoring and control in order to safeguard the food security of the most vulnerable rural populations in the country. It will be finalized in October 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s Response to the Damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan

Evaluation of FAO’s Response to the Damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan

The Haiyan response was FAO’s first emergency response that applied the UN Level 3 protocol, approved in 2011 by the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee. Evaluation of this response is being conducted two years after the typhoon to assess results and analyse transition towards longer term development during the various phases – emergency, recovery and rehabilitation. In addition, it offers the opportunity to look in detail at how the L3 protocol has worked. It will identify areas for improvement in future responses by FAO, the Government of the Philippines and donors. It will be finalized in May 2016.

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) of the Response to the Central African Republic’s Crisis 2013-2015

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) of the Response to the Central African Republic’s Crisis 2013-2015

The IAHE was triggered by the L3 mechanism and is assessing the collective effort by members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in responding to the emergency in Central African Republic (CAR) as envisaged through the 2014 Strategic Response Plan and the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan. The evaluation will provide accountability to all stakeholders, contribute to humanitarian learning and offer strategic advice to the humanitarian coordinator and humanitarian country team. This joint evaluation began in January 2015 and is expected to end in February 2016.