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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

This evaluation was proposed by the Programme Committee at its 119th session, and was endorsed by the Council at its 154th session for consideration by the Conference in 2019. It 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 FAO gender policy and through gender-related work within each Strategic Objective. 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 enhance programme effectiveness and overall development contribution. It started in late 2017.

Evaluation of FAO's work in Nutrition

Evaluation of FAO's work in Nutrition

This evaluation is a timely opportunity to take stock of the progress achieved in implementing the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s work in nutrition since 2012. The exercise will be closely coordinated with the evaluation of Strategic Objective 1, i.e. to eradicate hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition, which has recently concluded. This evaluation will be presented to the 125th session of the Programme Committee in November 2018.

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to sustainable agricultural development through integrated natural resource management (SO2)

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to sustainable agricultural development through integrated natural resource management (SO2)

With intensifying competition for natural resources and shifting social and economic profile of rural communities, sustainable agricultural development is increasingly under threat. Integrated natural resource management, encompassing water, forestry, land, fisheries and their associated ecosystems, is considered a key response in ensuring sustainability of agricultural development. While previous evaluations examined FAO’s contributions to a single natural-resource sector, this evaluation aims to assess the degree to which FAO’s support has met the multi-sectoral nature of the challenge and provided integrated ecosystem services needed for enhancing sustainable agriculture development. This evaluation will be presented to the 125th session of the Programme Committee in November 2018.

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.

Country Programme

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Kenya

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Kenya

This evaluation assesses FAO’s cooperation with Kenya over the period 2013–2016, including the Organization’s strategic relevance in the country in relation to the national needs and challenges. It evaluates the strategic positioning of FAO in terms of partnerships, programme coherence, synergies with other development actors, and in pursuit of the UN norms and standards, including gender equality and poverty reduction. It also assess contributions made by FAO to national priorities in the areas of rural and agricultural development and capacities. Findings from the evaluation will provide useful insight for strengthening the relevance and effectiveness of FAO’s actions in the country in the next country programming framework cycle. It will be finalised in Spring 2018.

Evaluation of FAO's contributions to Bhutan

Evaluation of FAO's contributions to Bhutan

This evaluation will identify the lessons learned and best practices for consideration by the Government of Bhutan, FAO and development partners. The evaluation will also make recommendations for future planning based on evidence and analysis. The evaluation will cover the period 2014-2017 to align with the start of the FAO Country Programming Framework and United Nations Development, and will be finalized in summer 2018.

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.

 

Projects

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. The evaluation’s preliminary findings were presented to and discussed with the programme team in July 2016. The report will be finalised in spring 2018.

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

In the absence of a dedicated global forum around the livestock sector, in 2010 the FAO Committee on Agriculture recommended that FAO investigate options for starting a multi-stakeholder dialogue and concerted action for sustainable livestock sector development at a global level. This evaluation reviews the first phase of the Global Agenda of Action in support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development initiative, by analyzing results and lessons learnt since its inception, and providing appropriate recommendations for FAO and other stakeholders. The evaluation will be finalised in Spring 2018.

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 Climate Change Adaptation Programme to Reduce Land Degradation in Fragile Micro-Watersheds

Evaluation of the Climate Change Adaptation Programme to Reduce Land Degradation in Fragile Micro-Watersheds

This evaluation assesses the efforts to mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction into the Fragile Micro-Watersheds Management Plans, and to reduce land degradation and unsuitable land/water use, through the integrated management of natural resources (INRM) and the participation of small-scale rural producers - linked to the Family Agriculture Plan (FAP) in targeted micro-watersheds of Texistepeque and Candelaria de la Frontera. The evaluation will be finalised in summer 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 Project "Integrated Management of the Ilha Grande Bay Ecosystem (FSP)"

Evaluation of the Project "Integrated Management of the Ilha Grande Bay Ecosystem (FSP)"

The general objective of the Full-Size Project (FSP) is to reach, in the long run, the conservation and sustainable use of the Ilha Grande Bay Ecosystem on the south coast of Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil, and its associated terrestrial and marine biodiversity of global importance. This evaluation will analyse the results and successes of the project, and the lessons learned that could improve sustainability of actions and strengthen the management and monitoring of this and other similar projects. It 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.

Mid-term Evaluation of the Project "Integrated management of marine and coastal areas of high value for biodiversity in Continental Ecuador (OPIM - FSP)"

Mid-term Evaluation of the Project "Integrated management of marine and coastal areas of high value for biodiversity in Continental Ecuador (OPIM - FSP)"

This evaluation will assess the development of an integrated management approach to the use and conservation of coastal marine areas of high value for biodiversity through establishment of conservation areas, strengthening of mangrove concessions, and integration of biodiversity conservation in the fisheries sector. The report will be finalised towards the end of the year 2018.

Evaluation of the Project "Mainstreaming of the Use and Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Public Policies through Integrated Strategies and In situ Implementation in three Provinces in the Andean Highlands"

Evaluation of the Project "Mainstreaming of the Use and Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Public Policies through Integrated Strategies and In situ Implementation in three Provinces in the Andean Highlands"

Ecuador has been recognized as one of the 17 mega diverse countries in the world. It presents a great variety of native crops preserved thanks to traditional agricultural practices of indigenous communities. The GEF founded project “Integrate the use and conservation of agro-biodiversity in public policies” sought to overcome the many threats affecting biodiversity while reducing rural poverty. The project contributed to enhance food security and the livelihoods of family farmers by supporting the sustainable use of local crops and developing short marketing circuits. The project also supported the integration of agrobiodiversity in the National Strategy for Biodiversity and in the Development and Land Management Plans at provincial level. It was instrumental to the formulation of the Agrobiodiversity and Seeds Law, the development of a database of 546 native seeds and to the establishment of Bio-knowledge and Agricultural Development Centers. Future projects should continue supporting national and local governments in regulating and implementing the Agro-biodiversity and Seeds Law, in establishing the National Agrarian Authority and creating a niche in the national and international market for native crops.

Evaluation of the Project "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, Forests, Soil and Water to Achieve the Good Living (Buen Vivir / Sumac Kasay) in the Napo Province"

Evaluation of the Project "Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, Forests, Soil and Water to Achieve the Good Living (Buen Vivir / Sumac Kasay) in the Napo Province"

The Napo province presents 19 of the 91 ecosystems reported for Ecuador. The GEF founded project “Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, forests, soil and water to achieve good living (Sumac Kawsay)” sought to overcome, with an integrated approach, the many threats affecting biodiversity while reducing rural poverty. The project is contributing to the adoption of good management practices of forests, water, soil, crops and livestock by improving participation of the local Kichwa community, inclusion of its cosmovision in project activities and by addressing awareness raising and capacity building issues, also at institutional level. The project should continue its efforts to support the local government in giving a normative framework to conservation and sustainable production, institutionalize promotional instruments and implement value chain plans for cocoa, “naranjilla” and bio-trade products to generate an improvement in the living conditions and income of the beneficiary families.

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.