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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:

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Strategic Objective 1: Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Strategic Objective 1: Help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition

This evaluation will help FAO fine-tune its approach to what represents historically the oldest goal of the Organization: combat hunger. It examines FAO’s contribution to reducing hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition through the establishment of conducive policy and legal frameworks, the allocation of adequate human and financial resources to food security, as well as the use of evidence in decision making. Strategic Objective 1 also encompasses support to the Committee on World Food Security and promoting the implementation of various voluntary guidelines, e.g. on land tenure and on the right to adequate food. The evaluation will be finalised in the last quarter of 2017.

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 assesses FAO’s activities and achievements in the light of the theory of change for Strategic Objective 3 and its intended organisational outcomes. In so doing, it will provide insight for future programming under the Objective and forward-looking recommendations to maximise 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 finalised in March 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 insight for future programming under Strategic Objective 4 and forward-looking recommendations to maximise the strategic relevance of FAO in enabling inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems. It will be finalised in the third quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of the FAO Emergency Prevention System programme

Evaluation of the FAO Emergency Prevention System programme

This evaluation assesses the current and future strategic focus of the Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) programme on transboundary pests and diseases. It covers the work of the three main components of EMPRES, namely, animal health, plant protection (with a significant locusts programme) and food safety. It explores the contributions of the fisheries and forestry divisions to the EMPRES work. Since the programme has never been evaluated as a whole, the evaluation provides a light coverage of EMPRES from 1994 (year of its foundation) to 2012 and a more in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the period from 2013 when FAO started implementing its Strategic Objective 5. In addition, it assesses the strategic relevance, results and effectiveness of the architecture of the EMPRES framework in the dynamic and evolving context of threats, risks, response needs and gaps in preparedness and response over the broad sphere of food chains. It will provide strategic recommendations to FAO senior management for improving the delivery of the EMPRES mandate and respond to member countries and regional requests. It will be finalised in March 2017.

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 finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to the Republic of Cameroon

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to the Republic of Cameroon

This evaluation assesses FAO’s contribution to the Republic of Cameroon under the Country Programming Framework 2013–2017.  It examines particularly achievements in (i) supporting the implementation of national strategies for strong and sustainable growth in the rural sector; (ii) promoting agricultural employment opportunities and access to resources, especially for young people and women; and (iii) developing and implementing policies and strategies to increase resilience to disasters and crises. It will also analyse how gender has been mainstreamed in FAO’s programmes and projects in the country. Findings from the evaluation will provide evidence-based information for strengthening strategic contributions in the next programming cycle.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to Guatemala

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to 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 Contributions to Myanmar

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to 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 conducted case studies in the Rakhine and post-Nargis response areas. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions 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 Contributions to the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to the West Bank and Gaza Strip

This evaluation analyses FAO’s performance in relation to the global relevance of its 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 finalised in February 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to Côte d’Ivoire

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to 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 socio-political 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 finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to the Republic of the Niger

Evaluation of FAO’s Contributions to the Republic of the Niger

This 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 finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

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 the second quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Bangladesh

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Bangladesh

This evaluation assesses progress in the implementation of the FAO Bangladesh Country Programming Framework and FAO’s strategic positioning and contributions to Bangladesh’s national development from 2011 to 2016. This forward-looking evaluation assess contributions from an outcome perspective, identifying lessons and best practices for future programming in the country. It will provide evidence-based recommendations for the next Country Programming Framework. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Nicaragua

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Nicaragua

This evaluation assesses FAO’s strategic positioning and the results achieved in the priority areas outlined in the Country Programming Framework 2013-2016, whose overall goal was to contribute to the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty in Nicaragua. It will provide useful insight for enhancing the relevance and contribution of FAO’s future work, serving as an input in the formulation of the new Country Programming Framework. It will be finalised in the third quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Honduras

Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Honduras

This evaluation examines FAO’s strategic positioning and contribution to food security and nutrition, entrepreneurship development in rural areas, management of natural resources, adaptation to climate change, and resilience in Honduras between 2013 and 2016. In particular, it assesses how FAO has supported increase in production and access to improved diet (including fish) of small farmers and how the programme has contributed to better integration of poor famers into key value chains. It analyses how FAO has strengthened the capacity of national institutions to prepare for and manage risks related to climate change and natural disasters. It will be finalised in March 2017.

Effectiveness of the Country Programming Framework: synthesis from country programme evaluations

Effectiveness of the Country Programming Framework: synthesis from country programme evaluations

The Country Programming Framework represents a unified approach towards common development goals around food security and nutrition, rural development, agriculture and climate change at the country level between FAO and the host government. This synthesis examines the quality of the Country Programming Frameworks from the country programme evaluations conducted in the period 2014-2017 and the contribution of the Country Programming Framework to FAO development effectiveness at country level. It will identify and highlight, in a systematic manner, the challenges related to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Country Programming Framework activities. It will generate lessons for enhancing the quality and relevance of the Frameworks to make them more effective in promoting cooperation, partnership and sustainable results. It will be finalised in late 2017.

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 especially in agriculture, fisheries, food security and natural resources management. It will be finalised in early 2017.

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 together with the country programme evaluation of Myanmar in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s support to the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

Evaluation of FAO’s support to the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

This evaluation assesses projects implemented under Phase 1 of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure programme, including the processes, results and impact at the global and country levels. It assesses contributions by the programme to the achievement of its objective: “Improve governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests contributing to the eradication of hunger and poverty, to sustainable development and to the sustainable use of the environment.” It also examines the results achieved under each of the five programme components – awareness-raising and dissemination, capacity development tools and approaches, targeted support to countries, partnerships, and monitoring. Findings will contribute to the design of projects for Phase 2. It will be finalised in April 2017.

Mid-term evaluation of the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation System project

Mid-term evaluation of the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation System project

This evaluation assesses the results achieved by the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation System project from inception in January 2015 to March 2017, covering all project activities and expected results in all eight participating countries and at the global level. It also assesses the effectiveness of the project’s governance mechanism along with the linkages between the project and other major in-country and global initiatives. It will be finalised in the third quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of the program on Partnership for Agricultural Market Information System Development Grant Facility

Evaluation of the program on Partnership for Agricultural Market Information System Development Grant Facility

The Agricultural Market Information System is a collaborative food information initiative. It serves as a platform through which countries, international organisations and the private sector can work together to strengthen synergies and collaboration in order to improve data reliability, timeliness and frequency. It also builds countries’ capacity in market outlook analysis and promotes policy dialogue. This evaluation focuses on the financial support provided by the World Bank Group with the Development Grant Facility. Its objectives are: (i) to assess progress made towards achieving the Facility grant objective, outcomes and activities, and identify results achieved; and (ii) to derive lessons for broader application to the system and areas requiring improvement in terms of the quality of grant activities and usefulness of the grants in meeting stakeholders’ needs. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO’s projects on food safety, environment, forestry and climate change in Bangladesh

Evaluation of FAO’s projects on food safety, environment, forestry and climate change in Bangladesh

This cluster evaluation assesses FAO’s contribution to food safety in Bangladesh through two projects and its contributions through a project to strengthen the environment, forestry and climate change capacities of the Bangladesh Ministry of Environment and Forests and its agencies. These evaluations are linked to the ongoing evaluation of FAO’s contribution in Bangladesh and will provide evidence-based recommendations for formulating a proposal for phase II of the projects. They will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Mid-term evaluation of Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Mid-term evaluation of Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

This evaluation assesses achievements against project objective of “sustainable and efficient tuna fisheries production and biodiversity conservation through systematic application of ecosystem approach.” It will highlight immediate results and issues to address to improve implementation. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of the project on Protection of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Evaluation of the project on Protection of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem

This evaluation assesses the contribution, added value and comparative advantage of the Protection of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem project in addressing the priority transboundary concerns of declining fisheries, associated biodiversity and water quality through governance reforms, investments and management programs in the countries of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem. It will suggest the way forward for better management of the ecosystem. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of FAO projects to support improvement of irrigation systems in Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Evaluation of FAO projects to support improvement of irrigation systems in Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

This evaluation covers two projects to improve irrigation systems in Kabul, Bamyan and Kapisa Provinces in Afghanistan. It assesses FAO’s contribution to improved, reliable and equitable distribution of irrigation water to increase agricultural productivity in the provinces. It will provide lessons for decisions by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its key international counterparts on the formulation of future or follow-up interventions. It will be finalised in the second quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of the Food Security Policy and Strategy Capacity Building programme in Sudan

Evaluation of the Food Security Policy and Strategy Capacity Building programme in Sudan

This evaluation assesses the value of the Food Security Policy and Strategy Capacity Building Programme project to identified stakeholders from inception in 2012 to date. It assesses project achievements at the federal, state and local levels based on evidence from the field. It will identify unique attributes of the project for possible duplication or upscaling and areas requiring improvement for the next phase. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of the institutional level component of the Support to Livestock-Based Livelihoods of Vulnerable Population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Evaluation of the institutional level component of the Support to Livestock-Based Livelihoods of Vulnerable Population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

This evaluation assesses the achievements of the Support to Livestock-Based Livelihoods of Vulnerable Population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip programme from February 2013 to June 2016 against its overall objective. It assesses the relevance, effectiveness, sustainability and impact of the support to institutional capacity development in support of livestock-based livelihoods, including changes that have occurred at both the micro and macro levels. It will identify design and implementation issues that need to be improved for future programming in the area. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.

Evaluation of the Global Climate Change Alliance project in Uganda

Evaluation of the Global Climate Change Alliance project in Uganda

This evaluation assesses key activities undertaken within the framework of the Global Climate Change Alliance project with a particular focus on the outcomes from June 2012 to date. It examines activities implemented and planned at the national, subnational and community levels, with particular attention to partnership building and ownership and the six districts in the central cattle corridor. Findings will provide lessons to inform future decisions by the European Commission, FAO and other partners for subsequent phases of this or similar projects in Uganda. It will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017.