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:

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 [...]

Mid-term evaluation of “Participatory assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management in grassland and pastoral systems”

27 July 2020
Grasslands and rangelands make an important contribution to the maintenance of an ecosystem’s function and biodiversity. Degradation is one of the main problems faced by these resources globally. In 2017, FAO began implementing the project in pastoral areas of Burkina Faso, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Niger, and Uruguay with the aim to strengthen the capacity of local and national stakeholders in assessing land degradation and promoting sustainable land management. The “Participatory Assessment of Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management in Grassland and [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Smallholder Commercialisation Programme and to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme in Sierra Leone

08 July 2020
The Smallholder Commercialization Program in Sierra Leone aims to empower rural communities to increase their food security and income on a sustainable basis. The evaluation covered FAO’s contribution to the program between 2012 and 2018. FAO’s contribution focused on intensifying production through the implementation of farmer field schools (FFSs), improving commercialisation by supporting agricultural business centres (ABCs) and enhancing technical capacity of district agricultural offices and the Programme Management Unit at central level. Knowledge was succesfully transfered to farmers and national [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s country programme in Lebanon 2016-2019

02 July 2020
Lebanon is an upper-middle income country with a population of 4.5 million people. The agriculture sector in Lebanon is an important contributor to the livelihood of poor and vulnerable populations, including 1.5 million Syrian refugees hosted in the country. FAO prudently integrated the donor priority and the government priority by designing the resilience programme to support host communities, with emphasis on vulnerable farmers. FAO’s resilience programmes addressed both emergency and longer term development needs through interventions directly supporting small-scale farmers [...]

Evaluation of the project “Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)”

30 June 2020
“Capacity development for agricultural innovation systems”, implemented by FAO and Agrinatura from 2015 to 2019, supported the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) to improve the global coherence of capacity development for agricultural innovation. The project contributed to developing a common framework for a practical approach to capacity development for agricultural innovation, and piloted its application across eight countries. The approach is based on soft skills and the importance of process, as opposed to the mainstream paradigm based on developing technology and [...]