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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:

Final evaluation of Phase II (2014-2017) of EMPRES Programme/Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (EMPRES-RO)

29 March 2019
In 2017, the member countries of the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO, Commission FAO de lutte contre le Criquet pèlerin dans la Région occidentale) requested an independent evaluation of the second phase of EMPRES-RO programme. The main objectives were to conduct a critical assessment of project design and implementation, draw lessons and provide recommendations to inform on the ways forward. The evaluation team conducted missions in five representative member countries and presented the preliminary results at [...]

Evaluation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition

07 March 2019
This evaluation appraises progress achieved on the implementation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work on Nutrition since it was adopted in 2012. It found that FAO’s nutrition-sensitive work has grown significantly since the Strategy was promulgated, and has evolved towards more deliberate efforts to address all forms of malnutrition. There also has been a surge in the development of knowledge products. However, the Strategy lacked an accountability framework, and paid insufficient attention to operational issues. Nutrition is a domain [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender

07 March 2019
The evaluation examined the implementation of FAO Policy on Gender Equality from 2012 - 2017. It concluded that the policy remains relevant to FAO’s overall mandate and strategic goals. FAO has invested in mechanisms to institutionalize gender mainstreaming, produced a number of technical guidelines and awareness-raising material, forged partnerships to bring in gender dimension in project implementation, and made significant strides towards achieving gender-equality results. The policy needs to be updated however, to reflect external developments and be accompanied by [...]

Synthesis of findings and lessons learnt from the Strategic Objective Evaluations

07 March 2019
Building on the thematic evaluations undertaken by OED in the period 2014-17, this synthesis draws findings and lessons regarding the conceptualization, operationalization and results of the reviewed Strategic Framework. It concluded that the reviewed Strategic Framework is a significant and transformative step towards reorienting and repositioning a 70-year-old organization in a fast-evolving development landscape, to better address the emerging challenges to achieving FAO Members’ global goals and FAO’s vision.  The reviewed Strategic Framework has fostered a new, inter-disciplinary way of working [...]

Final Evaluation of the Project: "Management of Chimborazo’s Natural Resources"

22 February 2019
The ecosystem aimed to conserve and sustainably manage by the GEF-funded project “Management of Chimborazo’s Natural Resources" is the “páramo” which offers important environmental services such as the production of water, the capture of CO2 and great variety of native crops preserved thanks to the traditional knowledge of indigenous communities. The project's achievements were significant in the Chimborazo province: raising environmental awareness on the conservation of water resources, creation of regulations to implement compensation mechanisms for environmental services in order [...]

Final Evaluation of Development of the Trans-frontier Conservation Area Linking Forest Reserves and Protected Areas in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

20 February 2019
In West Africa, wildlife species including elephants are found in small, isolated forest fragments. As human and economic activities expand, habitat fragmentation accelerates and animals face a growing threat of extinction. In many forest reserves, communities engage in subsistence agriculture and rely on wild animals for meat. Human-wildlife conflict has also been on the rise, with few efforts so far to solve this problem. In this context, the project GCP/RAF/447/GFF sought to construct a conservation corridor between Cote d'Ivoire and [...]

Final Evaluation of the Project on Decentralized Supply and Water Use Management in the Sana’a Basin to Sustain Water Resources and Rural Livelihoods

07 February 2019
The “Decentralised Supply and Water Use Management in the Sana’a Basin” project was designed to promote sustainable water resources management. The evaluation found the project to be highly relevant to the country’s needs and effective in contributing towards improved livelihoods resilience. The evaluation highlighted project’s contributions towards enabling environment for the provision of public services to farmers, and establishment of water user associations that were integral to the decentralisation of groundwater usage regulation. The project helped farmers to identify more [...]

Final Evaluation of the Project “Building a Global Agenda of Action in Support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development”

01 February 2019
Is sustainable livestock production possible, and if so, what does it look like? Livestock sector is at the center of climate and environmental issues, and plays a major role in poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. In 2011 FAO began hosting a participatory multi-stakeholder initiative to address these issues, which currently brings together 105 member organizations from Academia, Donors, International Organizations, NGOs, Public Sector, Private Sector and Social Movements, as well as producer organizations. The Global Agenda for Sustainable [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to The Kingdom of Cambodia

04 December 2018
Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to Cambodia Although Cambodia is rapidly transitioning to a more industrialised economy, the country is still among the poorest in Southeast Asia, and the risk of sliding back into poverty remains high, especially for rural households. The goal of FAO’s programme in Cambodia has been to contribute to the eradication of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition while promoting sustainable natural resource management. The 2018 country programme evaluation highlighted FAO’s comparative advantage – as a trusted purveyor [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to Guinea

30 November 2018
In 2012 about 55 percent of Guinea’s population was living below the national poverty line. The 2014/15 Ebola crisis heavily hit the country disrupting the actions undertaken by FAO to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations to food security. Several unplanned projects have been implemented to respond to the country’s emergency. Achievements included: Ebola risk management capacity building at community level as well as livelihoods and livelihoods strengthening of vulnerable households in agriculture and livestock; setting up a wildlife monitoring [...]