Evaluation at FAO

Recently completed evaluations

Evaluations in FAO assess activities, projects, programmes, strategies and policies and provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful for timely incorporation into decision-making processes. The following are brief descriptions of evaluations conducted recently of different programmes and projects of FAO:

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Terminal evaluation of the project “Integrated management of marine and coastal areas of high value for biodiversity in Continental Ecuador”

10 September 2021
In order to safeguard the high biodiversity value in coastal and mangrove areas in Ecuador, this project, with support from the Global Environment Facility, sought to develop an integrated management approach for the use and conservation of coastal and marine areas of high biodiversity value, by establishing conservation areas, strengthening mangrove concessions and integrating biodiversity conservation in fisheries management within conservation areas. It also sought to improve and sustain the livelihood of coastal communities depending on near shore fisheries, in [...]

Evaluation of the project “Creating peaceful societies through women’s improved access to management of natural resources, land tenure rights and economic empowerment in Sierra Leone”

10 September 2021
This report presents the results of the evaluation of the project “Creating peaceful societies through women’s improved access to management of natural resources, land tenure rights and economic empowerment in Sierra Leone” (UNJP/SIL/050/PBF), jointly implemented by FAO and ILO between 2019 and 2020. The project aimed at addressing the two underlying causes of conflicts in Sierra Leone - gender discrimination and fragmented land governance - by focusing on: i) more effective and gender-inclusive land tenure governance; and ii) women’s economic [...]

Evaluation of the “Project for the restoration of livelihoods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tribal Districts”

27 July 2021
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Newly Merged Districts have seen a prolonged military conflict leading to the widespread displacement of its population and damages and losses to the agricultural lands, irrigation, and water harvesting structures, and livestock populations. Since 2015, the rehabilitation of the displaced population is ongoing but slow due to loss of livelihoods and reduced income opportunities. To support the restoration of livelihoods, funded by the FCDO, FAO undertook the “Project for the restoration of livelihoods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tribal Districts” [...]

Evaluation of the "Food-loss reduction through improved postharvest handling and value-addition of key fruits and vegetables" project in Ethiopia

22 July 2021
The “Food-loss reduction through improved postharvest handling and value addition of key fruits and vegetables” project was implemented by FAO Ethiopia over the period 2016–2019. By tackling post-harvest losses, the project addressed one of the major challenges faced by producers. Farmers have adopted project post-harvest management practices, techniques and technologies that have helped to reduce losses and increase food security by boosting income and making more produce available for household consumption. The results will be sustainable because of the economic gains [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Republic of Moldova 2016–2019

22 July 2021
Half of the Moldovan population lives in rural areas. However, the rural employment rate is only 39 percent. Income from agricultural activities is low compared to other sectors of the economy. This evaluation seeks to contribute to organization-wide learning by drawing lessons and making recommendations that will be useful for FAO’s future engagement in Moldova.FAO provided highly specialized technical expertise to formulate strategies, policies and frameworks, and offer innovative approaches and solutions. Likewise, the evaluation found evidence of results leading [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Republic of Indonesia 2016–2020

22 July 2021
There are numerous risks to the sustainability and stability of Indonesia’s farming system, food production system, supply chains, and ecosystems. The evaluation aims to answer two essential questions: whether FAO is doing what is needed and whether it is making a difference.   This evaluation recommends that FAO support the green and blue (land and sea) preparedness and adaptation plans, as well as early warning systems. The evaluation further recommends that FAO ramp up its support for a national decision support system [...]

Evaluation of the project “Developing capacity for strengthening food security and nutrition in selected countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia"

22 June 2021
Caucasus and Central Asian countries are strongly committed to promoting food security and nutrition among their populations. Although good progress has been made by most countries in the region, food insecurity and malnutrition remain relatively high and greater efforts are needed to address their root causes. Moreover, wide gaps in terms of income, food security and nutrition, and access to social services have caused substantial migration from rural areas to neighbouring countries.The FAO project on developing capacity for strengthening food [...]

Terminal evaluation of the project “Integration of climate resilience in agricultural and pastoral production for food security in vulnerable rural areas through the farmer field school"

22 June 2021
This is the terminal evaluation report of a project that aimed to strengthen the agricultural and pastoral sectors’ climate change adaptation (CCA) capacities in the Niger. The project reached 21 142 direct beneficiaries (or 106 percent of the target), including 51 percent women. However, the project experienced shortcomings in terms of its management (from start-up to mid-term), its 3rd expected result (integration of CCA into development policies and plans) and its mobilization/accounting of co-financing partners. The expected 3rd result will be continued under [...]

Evaluation of the project "Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag)"

22 June 2021
The Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) programme, jointly coordinated by UNDP and FAO, worked with eleven countries to identify and integrate climate adaptation measures into national planning and budgeting processes, in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular SDG 2 - Zero Hunger; and SDG 13 - Climate Action) and the Paris Agreement. The evaluation assessed programme relevance and the achievement and sustainability of programme results among other dimensions.The evaluation found that NAP-Ag’s country-driven, multi-sector and [...]

Review of the FAO corporate surge response in Yemen 2017–2019

07 June 2021
Yemen is now home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with half of its population facing severe acute food insecurity despite ongoing humanitarian food assistance. To meet the demands for active learning, the FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) conducted a review of the FAO Yemen corporate surge response systems, structure, strategy and delivery. The review concluded that FAO has succeeded in supporting a significant number of beneficiaries with a wide range of projects. The operational capacity could be improved by [...]
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