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:

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Georgia 2016-2019

20 March 2020
Georgia is a lower-middle income country, and 39 percent of its economically active population is engaged in agriculture. However, agriculture's potential is being constrained by low productivity and insufficient development of extension services in the country. Aligned with Georgia's national development priorities, FAO's programme has rendered relevant technical and policy advice since 2016, contributing to the development of national strategies, institutional frameworks, and relevant policies and plans. FAO has also played a leading role in national coordination platforms on food [...]

Final evaluation of ''Demonstration project for the decontamination of Persistent Organic Pesticides contaminated soils using non-thermal treatment methods''

28 February 2020
Since the 1980s, pesticides have been used in Botswana for agricultural production and to help control outbreaks of pests. Large quantities of unused pesticides remained in depots where they leaked from their containers and contaminated the soil, posing a threat to both human and environmental health. While the accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Botswana has fallen through awareness of the problem raised by past projects, it remains an ongoing problem. From 2008 to 2016, the project ''Demonstration project [...]

Terminal evaluation of the project “Decision support for mainstreaming and scaling up of sustainable land management”

28 February 2020
Land degradation reduces food productivity and security, disrupts vital ecosystem functions and increases carbon emissions and vulnerability to climate change. 52 percent of the land used for agriculture worldwide is estimated to already be affected. Studies indicate that land degradation directly affects 1.5 billion people around the world. Despite the seriousness of the issue, there is still limited access to resources and planning tools for sustainable land management. Between 2015 to 2019, FAO implemented the project ''Decision support for mainstreaming [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Asia Regional Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme in the Greater Mekong Subregion

25 February 2020
Global chemical sales are predicted to grow by about 3 percent per year until 2050, the major part of which will take place in Asia. Many countries in Southeast Asia lack the capacity to handle chemicals management and are in great need to develop institutions, legislation, knowledge and awareness around the issues. The programme “Towards a Non-Toxic Environment in South-East Asia” aimed to reduce health and environmental risks by monitoring, regulating and managing agricultural, industrial and consumer chemicals. This evaluation [...]

Final evaluation of “Disposal of persistent organic pollutants and obsolete pesticides in Mozambique”

25 February 2020
Pesticides have long helped to control disease and increase crop production in Mozambique. However, poor management of pesticides has had negative impacts on human health and the environment, including death and disability among users. In 2011, FAO implemented a project in Mozambique to safeguard and dispose of existing stocks of obsolete pesticides and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as work to reduce risk across the pesticide lifecycle at the policy level. The evaluation explores the results of the project [...]

Mid-term evaluation of “Securing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in Huangshan Municipality”

24 February 2020
Huangshan's broad range of forest habitats support a rich variety of flora and fauna, estimated to include over 1 800 species of plants and 456 species of vertebrates. Many of these are considered rare or endangered. In 2014, FAO implemented the five-year project ‘’Securing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in Huangshan Municipality’’. The project's specific objective is to “evaluate, adapt, and implement relevant best practices derived from the successful management of Huangshan National Scenic Reserve to strengthen and upgrade the [...]

Terminal Evaluation of ''Prevention and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Obsolete Pesticides in Eritrea'' Phase II

07 February 2020
Pesticides have helped control disease and increase crop production for food security. However poor management of pesticides has shown negative impacts human health and the environment, including death and disability among users. Of particular concern are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that are highly effective in the control of the insect vectors of malaria and sleeping sickness and locusts. FAO supported by GEF implemented a POPs project in Eritrea to safeguard and dispose existing stocks of obsolete pesticides, as well as [...]

Evaluation of FAO's contribution to Burundi 2012-2018

07 February 2020
Nearly 65 percent of Burundi’s population lives below the poverty line, ranking it 184th on the World Bank’s 188-country Human Development Index in 2016. After a prolonged civil war, Burundi is suffering from high levels of food and nutrition insecurity and a fragile social context. Renewed unrest since the controversial presidential election of 2015 has caused major population displacement, the suspension of much international aid and a worsening of the already dire economic situation. FAO’s 2011 Country Programming Framework (CPF) was designed [...]

Final evaluation of "Enhancing Agriculture Production through Irrigation System Improvement and Strengthening Institutional Capacity"

06 February 2020
Rice and potatoes are Afghanistan’s two most staple crops after wheat. Rice production is dependent on water from irrigation canals, with most of Afghanistan’s irrigation infrastructure in disrepair, farmers are vulnerable. Between 2016 and 2018, FAO in Afghanistan (FAOAF) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) rehabilitated irrigation infrastructure and laid the foundations of a virus-free potato seed industry in three provinces (Kunduz, Baghlan and Takhar). The project enhanced food production and contributed to the Government’s agricultural development [...]

Mid-term evaluation of project ‘Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in the Benguela Current Fisheries System’

31 January 2020
The project “Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in the Benguela Current Fisheries System”, seeks to build resilience and reduce the vulnerability to climate change of the marine fisheries and mariculture sectors within the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), through introduction of adaptation strategies in order to ensure food and livelihood security in Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The project is a unique and highly relevant initiative that has a potential to address the barriers to the sustainable management of the BCLME. [...]