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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Evaluation of FAO/USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme – Phase II (EPT-2)

10 February 2021
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been involved in the Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme (EPT-2), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2014. The programme sets out to minimize impact of existing global pandemic threats and to detect, respond to and improve prevention of emerging threats. Implementation of this programme at FAO has been carried out through 20 projects with efforts concentrated in 36 countries in Africa and Asia. It builds upon [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s role and work on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

03 February 2021
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to fight antimicrobial compounds, reducing the efficacy of treating diseases in humans, animals, and plants. AMR risk is outpacing human population growth, owing to misuse of antimicrobials in large quantities in food systems, and is a serious threat to food security and sustainable development.   FAO, with the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is supporting countries in developing and implementing their One Health [...]

Evaluation of FAO's country programme in Tunisia 2016–2020

01 February 2021
The evaluation of the FAO country program in Tunisia (2016-2020) examines the relevance of FAO's strategic positioning in relation to the country's priorities and the Organization's comparative advantages as well as FAO's contributions to expected results in the five priority areas of the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and FAO's strategic objectives. It is primarily addressed to the Government of Tunisia, the FAO Country Office and their technical and financial partners for the purposes of strategic guidance, enlightenment for decision-making and [...]

Evaluation of the FAO response to the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin 2015‒2018

30 January 2021
Forty-nine million people live in the Lake Chad region, exploiting its rich natural resources and relatively constant supply of water, fodder and fertile land all year round. The area used to be a food production hub, with local markets supplying produce to Cameroon, Chad, the Niger and Nigeria. However, poor natural resource management, poor coordination across the different countries of the region, and the widespread impact of climate change have contributed to the significant deterioration of the Lake’s natural ecosystem [...]

Evaluation of the project “Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of rural communities using micro watershed approaches to climate change and variability to attain sustainable food security in Cambodia”

29 January 2021
Cambodia is among the Least Developed Countries that continue to struggle with serious environmental issues, among which are climate change, water resources and land degradation. The project, implemented from 2014 to 2020, contributed to build the adaptive capacity of rural communities and reduce their vulnerability to climate change through micro-watershed management and climate resilient agriculture practices through interventions at national, sub-national and community levels. It was designed to address barriers at all levels (local to national) stemming from lack of [...]

Evaluation of the Information on Nutrition, Food Security and Resilience for Decision Making (INFORMED) Programme

29 January 2021
The Information for Nutrition, Food Security and Resilience Decision Making (INFORMED) programme, implemented by FAO from 2015 to 2019, aimed to “improve the availability of regular, timely and early warning information as well as evidence-based analysis regarding the food security, nutrition and resilience situation for decision-making”. The evaluation revealed that the programme’s increased focused on Early Warning for Early Action (EWEA) was very relevant to fill existing gaps with a comparative advantage for FAO in slow onset and food chain crises [...]

Evaluation of the project “Enhancing the contribution of small scale fisheries to food security and sustainable livelihoods through better policies, strategies and initiatives"

29 January 2021
Small-scale fisheries (SSF) play an important role in food security and poverty reduction. However, this role is not always recognized and many SSF communities remain marginalized, both with regard to resource management and from a broader social and economic perspective. The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) are the first international instrument dedicated entirely to the immensely important small-scale fisheries sector. The project “Enhancing the contribution of small-scale [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Syrian Arab Republic 2012-2018

18 December 2020
The Syrian crisis has caused intense and sustained levels of violence in the country, which included large-scale destruction of agricultural infrastructure and disruption of all components of the food system. A total of 9.3 million people in the country are facing severe acute food insecurity. During the period subject to evaluation (2012-2018), FAO interventions targeted displaced and hosting households affected by the conflict across the country. Activities were initially carried out in Government controlled areas and subsequently conducted through cross-border [...]

Evaluation of the project "Integrating climate resilience into agricultural and pastoral production for food security in vulnerable rural areas through the farmers field school approach"

18 December 2020
Burkina Faso's socio-economic characteristics and geographical location make it vulnerable to disasters in general and climate change in particular. The project, implemented by FAO from May 2015 to August 2020, aimed to “enhance the capacity of Burkina Faso’s agricultural and pastoral sectors to cope with climate change, by mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) practices and strategies into on-going agricultural development initiatives and agricultural policies and programming and upscaling of farmers adoption of CCA technologies and practices through a network of [...]

Evaluation of "Promotion of climate-smart livestock management integrating reversion of land degradation and reduction of desertification risks in vulnerable provinces"

14 December 2020
In Ecuador, the livestock sector is essential for food security. It is also an important source of employment and income in provinces with a large presence of small and medium-scale farmers. From May 2020 to October 2020, FAO implemented the project to “reduce soil degradation, and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the livestock sector of Ecuador”. The project was implemented seven provinces, distributed in three geographic regions of the country (coastal Ecuador, the Andes and Amazon). The project had an [...]