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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:

Evaluation of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund

26 September 2018
The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) is a funding vehicle for the pursuit of joint and coordinated action to defeat hunger and malnutrition, improve the livelihood of farmers, and guarantee food and nutrition security for all Africans. An evaluation of the initiative from 2012-2017 shows that ASTF is highly relevant and an important funding mechanism to support African countries in pursuing their set priorities and objectives, in accordance with the commitment of the Malabo Declaration to end hunger in Africa [...]

Final evaluation of the project “Mainstreaming the use and conservation of agrobiodiversity in public policy through integrated strategies and in situ implementation in four Andean Highlands provinces” - GCP/ECU/086/GFF GEF ID 4777

24 August 2018
Ecuador has been recognized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. It present a great variety of native crops preserved thanks to traditional agricultural practices of indigenous communities. The GEF-funded project “Integrate the use and conservation of agro-biodiversity in public policies” sought to overcome the many threats affecting biodiversity while reducing rural poverty. The project contributed to enhance food security and the livelihoods of family farmers by supporting the sustainable use of local crops and developing short [...]

Mid-Term Evaluation of the project “Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, forests, soil and water to achieve Good Living/Sumac Kawsay in the Napo Province (FSP)” GCP/ECU/082/GFF GEF ID: 4774

24 August 2018
Ecuador has been recognized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. The Napo province presents 19 of the 91 ecosystems reported for Ecuador. With an integrated approach, the GEF-funded project “Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, forests, soil and water to achieve good living (Sumac Kawsay)” sought to overcome the many threats affecting biodiversity while reducing rural poverty. The project is contributing to the adoption of good management practices of forests, water, soil, crops and livestock by [...]

Mid-term Evaluation of the Project “Sustainable Land Management and Climate-Friendly Agriculture”

10 August 2018
The “Sustainable Land Management and Climate-Friendly Agriculture” Project was implemented in Turkey to improve the sustainability of agricultural and forest land use in the area by rehabilitating degraded forests and rangelands, promoting climate-smart agriculture and establishing a favourable enabling environment. The project was designed to develop the necessary strategies, plans, tools and mechanisms that will aid stakeholders in sustainably managing forest and land resources. The Mid-term Evaluation highlighted that the Project is responding to national and provincial environmental needs and [...]

Final Evaluation of the Conservation Agriculture Scaling-Up (CASU) Project Funded by the European Union

06 August 2018
Despite widespread promotion of conservation agriculture in Zambia as a means to increase productivity and conserve soil fertility in farming systems, there has been limited adoption by farmers of such techniques. In an effort to address this, the Conservation Agriculture Scaling-Up (CASU) Project, funded by the European Union, had the objective of sustainably increasing crop productivity and diversity through widespread promotion of the three principles of conservation agriculture across the entire country, targeting over 300 000 smallholder farmers. The evaluation [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Republic of Kenya

31 July 2018
The purpose of FAO’s Country Programme Evaluation (CPE) in Kenya was to provide feedback to better orient the Organization’s programme with a view to making future Country Programming Frameworks (CPF) more impactful and relevant to the needs of the country. The Kenya CPE covers the period 2013-2016 and examined the five outcome areas found in the CPF. It also addressed the cross-cutting issues of gender, nutrition and HIV.The evaluation covered the entirety of FAO's cooperation with Kenya during the period, [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Arab Republic of Egypt 2012-2017

22 June 2018
Egypt experienced instable political situation during the past years. As a result, its food security was heavily affected. FAO’s programme focused on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition. Enhancing food security also requires addressing socio-economic aspects, particularly the role of women. With FAO support, the Law Governing Agricultural Cooperatives was reformed to revive its function, reducing the control of the government and collaborating with the private sector. This was critical for extending effective support to small farmers. Animal [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition (SO1)

10 May 2018
FAO’s Strategic Objective 1 (SO1) is to “contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition”. The evaluation examined the value added of SO1 to FAO’s efforts to promote food and nutrition security at the global, regional, and national levels from 2014 to 2017. It concluded that SO1 was well designed, stressed the importance of political commitment to reduce hunger and malnutrition, promoted right-based approaches in FAO’s policy support, and highlighted the need to work with ministries beyond agriculture, [...]

Synthesis of lessons learnt in the application of the Country Programming Framework

09 May 2018
This synthesis examines FAO's concept, approach, and experience in devising country programmes in the last seven years; it synthesizes evaluative evidence on best practices, lessons learned and challenges related to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of country programmes, and presents a set of actionable recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of the CPFs.

Evaluation of the Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) Programme in Food Chain Crises

03 May 2018
In today’s inter-connected world, trans-boundary animal/ plant diseases and pests are becoming a greater concern. Countries are increasingly investing in policies and regulations to manage old and new trans-boundary diseases that threaten health, markets and the safe production of food. FAO is uniquely positioned to assist countries to scale up their capacities and manage these threats. The EMPRES programme for emergency prevention systems, built on its animal health and locust programmes, now covers plant pests and diseases, aquatic diseases, food [...]