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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 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 [...]

Final Evaluation of the Project “Increased Household Food, Income and Nutrition Security through Commercialization of an Integrated and Sustainable Smallholder Livestock Sector in Zimbabwe”

26 November 2018
The Final Evaluation of the Project “Increased Household Food, Income and Nutrition Security through Commercialization of an Integrated and Sustainable Smallholder Livestock Sector in Zimbabwe” concluded that the Project’s objective of changing mindsets of smallholder livestock farmers to view livestock as important economic assets more than a social asset was very relevant and timely. The Projects’ implementation modality of having two co-applicants was strategic: it was able capitalize on the local knowledge and expertise of the co-applicants. However, this implementation [...]

Final Evaluation of the Project for Assistance to the Recovery and Development of the Agricultural Economy in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan

15 November 2018
The “Project for Assistance to the Recovery and Development of the Agricultural Economy in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan” attempted to make a significant contribution to the stabilization of the area and enhanced food security through sustainable agriculture development. It had two outcome measures: resume food production to restore and improve agriculture-based livelihoods; and re-establish and strengthen agriculture support services. The project targeted temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) who have returned to their home places. Even though the [...]

Final Evaluation of the Project “Sustainable Community-Based Management and Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems in Cameroon”

29 October 2018
Mangrove ecosystems provide a wide range of resources and services for people's livelihoods, which at the same time give rise to strong economic, social and demographic pressure. To address these challenges, the GEF project "Sustainable community-based management and conservation of mangrove ecosystems in Cameroon” developed strategic documents on mangroves; created platforms to promote dialogue among stakeholders; produced information on the status of mangroves in Cameroon and established a permanent monitoring system for determining changes in these ecosystems; and contributed to [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to Sustainable Agricultural Development through Integrated Natural Resource Management through Strategic Objective 2 (SO2)

23 October 2018
The focus of Strategic Objective 2 stems from FAO’s vision for sustainable agriculture, which is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. This evaluation assessed FAO’s efforts in promoting integrated approaches for making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable. These efforts have proven to be highly relevant in countries where agriculture and food systems face urgent sustainability challenges. The Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFA) principles, developed within the SO2 framework, have been instrumental in integrating key concepts of [...]

Final Evaluation of the Joint Resilience Project in Kassala

17 October 2018
Weather-related shocks in Kassala, Sudan, regularly affect the resilience of communities and their food security conditions. The Joint Resilience Project (JPR), designed to prevent malnutrition in order to build resilience to droughts and floods, opted to measure stunting to determine whether improved maternal and child health and nutrition, as well as enhanced adaptive capacity were achieved. The initial focus on reducing malnutrition rather than building resilience reduced overall effectiveness, although the evaluation noted this shortcoming was corrected at mid-term. The [...]