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:

Terminal evaluation of the areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna project, part of the "Global sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ"

24 September 2020
The ABNJ Tuna project was implemented globally covering all the four major oceans of the world. The project gave a relevant contribution for the attainment of several UN SDGs, GEF Strategic Goals, FAO Strategic Objectives, as well as global and regional priorities of tuna Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), and the international agreements and frameworks on the ABNJ. The project promoted important transformational changes in the management practices of tuna fisheries, improving their sustainability, strengthening Marine Stewardship Council capabilities of [...]

Terminal evaluation of the project “Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management and carbon sink enhancement into Mongolia’s productive forest landscapes”

24 September 2020
Forestry plays a minor but important role in the livelihoods of vulnerable population in Mongolia. The country has developed a Participatory Sustainable Forest Management (PSFM), integrating livestock raising with forestry. The project was designed to strengthen the PSFM process, thereby improving livelihoods and the ecological status of forests. The project reviewed the current forestry guidelines at both national and local government levels and forestry planning guidelines for Soum and Aimag levels were approved by the provincial Government promoting the participatory [...]

Final evaluation of the project "Reducing the vulnerability of agricultural livelihoods through the Caisses de Résilience approach in the Sahel"

15 September 2020
The overall objective of the project was to improve the food and nutritional security of vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso and Mali by strengthening the resilience of their livelihoods in the face of climatic hazards. The project contributed to improving the food and nutritional security of the vulnerable populations targeted. Households were trained on agro-sylvo-pastoral practices that are resilient to climate change through the farmer field school (FFS) approach, which has shown its effectiveness in the transfer of knowledge. Thanks [...]

Terminal evaluation of the project “Improving forest and protected area management in Trinidad and Tobago”

14 September 2020
This report presents the main findings from the terminal evaluation of the project “Improving forest and protected area management in Trinidad and Tobago”. The project sought to conserve globally important biodiversity and ecosystems in Trinidad and Tobago. The evaluation focuses on results achieved, it identifies the impact of the project, the sustainability of project outcomes and the degree of achievement of the outcomes in the long-term. It was also conducted to analyse achievements and challenges of the project in meeting [...]

Final evaluation of the project "Strengthening resilience to climate change through integrated agricultural and pastoral management in the framework of Mali's sustainable land management approach"

14 September 2020
Mali is currently facing many challenges due to climate change that is significantly affecting all communities in the country, and agricultural producers in particular. In order to meet these climate challenges, the project aimed at building the capacities of agro-pastoralists in the Banamba, Kita and Niono districts to help them cope with climate change. With the exception of gender, the project strategy is sound and it reached the objective to boost the capacity of Mali's agro-pastoral activities to cope with climate [...]

Final evaluation of the project “Partnership for sustainable rice systems development in sub-Saharan Africa”

08 September 2020
Rice consumption in Africa has increased dramatically over recent decades, growing faster than consumption of any other major staple on the continent. However, apart from Egypt, no African country is currently self-sufficient in terms of rice consumption. From May 2014 to December 2019, FAO helped to develop sustainable and productive rice systems in ten beneficiary countries. South-South Cooperation was demonstrated to be an excellent mechanism for pooling resources and efforts in innovation and development processes. Sharing knowledge with decision makers and [...]

Mid-term evaluation of the project "Monitoring water productivity by remote sensing as a tool to assess possibilities to reduce water productivity gaps"

04 August 2020
While population growth and economic development are putting unprecedented pressure on renewable, but finite water resources, especially in arid regions, scarce land and water resources are affecting food security and sustainable water management. FAO identified the need to implement a digital database built upon remote sensing and information technologies that can monitor and report on agricultural water productivity over Africa and Near East, accessible through the FAO Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data portal (WaPOR). The WaPOR [...]

Final evaluation of the projects "Strengthening the processes of restitution of lands and territories" and "Resilient rural communities for the construction of peace"

03 August 2020
The final evaluation of the two projects aims to provide recommendations to support the implementation of the new project, “Territorial Transformation, Resilience and Sustainability”, which will unite the efforts of both projects evaluated. The projects succeeded in supporting the Colombian state in integrating more than 3 000 families from 23 ethnic groups in the process of restitution of their territories. The implementation of the ‘rapid recovery of agricultural production’ model, local networks of productive integration, and pilot projects of transition [...]

Final evaluation of the project “Adaptive management and monitoring of the Maghreb’s oases systems”

29 July 2020
The Maghreb's oases systems provide a major contribution to the region's food security, economy and natural resources. Despite this potential, oasis ecosystems are threatened by a range of complex factors related to the expansion of agricultural land and increasing scarcity of water resources. The project, implemented by FAO in Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania from May 2016 to December 2019, brought together key stakeholders to address the lack of available information on the status of oases and to advocate on factual [...]

Final evaluation of the project “Conservation of biodiversity and mitigation of land degradation through adaptive management of agricultural heritage systems"

28 July 2020
The biodiversity enjoyed by Morocco, including its oasis systems, is threatened. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) alongside the government has embarked on a project to improve the conservation and sustainable management of five oasis systems. To achieve this, it focused on the improvement of regulatory framework to strengthen the institutional capacities of the oases, increasing agricultural production and on integrating biodiversity, principally through organic labelling, in the income-generating mechanisms. The contribution of the project to the current political discourse on [...]