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:

Mid-term evaluation of “Disposal of obsolete pesticides including persistent organic pollutants and strengthening pesticide management in the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel member states”

29 April 2020
At the regional level, in member states of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), pesticides continue to accumulate. The project aims to meet the challenge of eliminating existing obsolete pesticides, including POPs and related wastes, and to build capacity for the sound management of pesticides to prevent future build-up in nine CILSS countries. The aim of the evaluation was to measure the progress of the project at mid-term, in terms of results achieved with regard [...]

Final evaluation of “Strengthening institutionalized subnational coordination structures and harmonization mechanisms” in Ethiopia

21 April 2020
Recurrent droughts in Ethiopia have been contributing to chronic food insecurity, deterioration of livelihoods and weakening capacity of communities to withstand future shocks. Following the 2011 food crisis in the Horn of Africa, ‘building resilience’ became a priority agenda for the international community to move from the division of emergency and development programming to a more holistic and complementary approach for addressing the root cause of disaster risk and vulnerability factors of recurrent drought. The project, implemented by FAO between [...]

Evaluation of "Improving farmer livelihoods in the dry zone through improved livestock health, productivity and marketing"

21 April 2020
“Improving farmer livelihoods in the dry zone through improved livestock health, productivity and marketing” was implemented in six townships in the Central Dry Zone (CDZ) of Myanmar, between January 2016 and December 2019. The project aim was to sustainably improve the livelihoods and food security of communities and the poor and vulnerable though improving livestock health, productivity, and marketing. The project is highly relevant as livestock are critical to people’s livelihoods in the area. The project was evaluated as efficiently delivering [...]

Final evaluation of “Strengthening national policy and knowledge framework in support of sustainable management of Brazil’s forest resources”

17 April 2020
The sustainable utilization of natural resources is a major element of rural livelihoods and economic development in Brazil. From 2011 to 2019, FAO implemented the project “Strengthening the national knowledge and information framework to foster sustainable forest resources management policies". This project helped to establish and consolidate a National Forest Inventory (NFI) model approved by, and agreed with, different partners and stakeholders in the forest sector. The focus given to institutional strengthening and data collection was strategic to achieve an unprecedented [...]

Cluster evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub

09 April 2020
The Pastoralist Knowledge Hub (PKH), hosted by FAO, brings together pastoralists and the main actors of the sector to foster dialogue and develop policies at the national and global level. FAO supported the Hub in advocacy and policy matters and provided technical support to pastoralists livelihood and resilience. The objective of the evaluation was to assess the extent to which the PKH has enhanced the capacity of pastoralist organizations to participate in and contribute effectively to decision-making. The evaluation found the [...]

Cluster evaluation of “Establishing a hunger-free initiative for West Africa” and “Mainstreaming nutrition in CAADP and agriculture policies and programmes in sub-Saharan Africa”

08 April 2020
Challenges integrating nutrition and the elimination of hunger in agricultural programmes persist, especially in West Africa. Difficulties lie in the lack of overall understanding of the links between agriculture, nutrition and food security, institutional capacity, and coordination amongst key actors to support nutrition-sensitive agricultural policies. The projects (GCP/RAF/476/GER and GCP/RAF/477/GER), implemented by FAO between 2014 and 2017, aimed to address the challenge of mainstreaming nutrition and hunger into agricultural initiatives, especially in the countries of the Economic Community of West African [...]

Final evaluation of "Pursuing pastoralist resilience through improved animal health service delivery in pastoralist areas of Ethiopia"

08 April 2020
Small ruminants are the main source of livelihood for rural agropastoralists in Ethiopia. Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) are a significant cause of reduced production and productivity. TADs like Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), Sheep and Goat Pox (SGP) and Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) have contributed to a high level of sheep and goat mortality, especially in lambs and kids. The project, implemented by FAO between 2014 and 2020, was designed to support the strengthening of the surveillance system for most [...]

Final evaluation of the project "Sustainable Management of Wildlife and the Bushmeat Sector in Central Africa"

07 April 2020
In a context where a wildlife conservation approach has predominated so far, the project "Sustainable management of wildlife and the bushmeat sector in Central Africa" ​​seeks to demonstrate that participatory wildlife management can be a viable strategy for conserving the functions, integrity and biodiversity of the forest ecosystem, as well as improving the livelihoods of local communities in the Congo Basin. The evaluation concluded that certain advances have helped consolidate the transition from the conservation paradigm to the one combining [...]

Final evaluation of "Support to the implementation of the Amazon ecosystem-based conservation vision to the benefit of local communities and the preservation of ecosystem services in the Amazon region"

01 April 2020
The Amazon biome is the largest tropical ecosystem in the world, covering 6% of the surface of the planet. It is home to 34 million people, 10% of the world’s biodiversity, and plays a vital role in regulating the global climate. To support the community of park directors of the Amazon’s protected areas (REDPARQUES) and to ensure their effective and collaborative protection, between 2014 and mid 2019, FAO implemented the ‘Integration of the Areas Protected from the Amazon Biome’ (IAPA) [...]

Mid-term evaluation of the project “Sustainable forest management under the authority of Cameroonian councils”

30 March 2020
The main objective of the project "Sustainable forest management under the authority of Cameroonian councils" is to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in council forests in order to improve biodiversity conservation, reduce emissions and enhance carbon stocks, and improve livelihoods of local communities. This objective will be achieved through empowering councils to better manage their forests by improving their technical skills and tools to implement SFM practices, assess and monitor biodiversity, restore degraded forest areas, measure and monitor carbon stocks, and [...]