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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 FAO Multi-partner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM)

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed progress in implementing the accepted recommendations of the 2013 mid-term evaluation and the outcomes and impacts at the field level. Findings from this evaluation confirmed those of the 2013 mid-term evaluation; that it is an important programmatic funding mechanism that supports the new FAO strategic framework. It helps channel un-earmarked or lightly earmarked voluntary contributions from resource partners to priority activities that have funding gaps. The evaluation however noted that this new approach, which is strongly supported [...]

Evaluation of the Project, Establishing a Sustainable National Information and Early Warning System on Food Security in Timor-Leste

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed the European Union funded project, Establishing a Sustainable National Information and Early Warning System on Food Security in Timor-Leste. It found that the project is fully aligned with Timor-Leste’s main national development strategies, FAO’s strategic objectives, UNDAF strategy and the European Union policy framework for food security. The project has established a well-designed and efficient information system, which adequately addresses the specific needs and context of the Government. Despite some limitations, information provided by the project is [...]

Evaluation of Education for Effective Nutrition in Action Projects

26 May 2016
This cluster evaluation assessed the appropriateness of the nutrition education approach and processes of the projects, including their innovativeness. It found that the nutrition education approach was relevant and consistent in addressing identified needs. The innovative pedagogical approaches to nutrition education were appropriate in addressing the gaps and needs in the pilot countries and suitable for the target groups. It however found that implementation was done almost entirely by a group of FAO headquarters-based consultants and that governments were insufficiently [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Conservation and Sustainable use of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed FAO’s work related to forest, plant, animal and aquatic genetic resources during the period 2007-2015. It identified achievements and analysed factors that have affected performance. It concluded that FAO is a respected authority on genetic resources for food and agriculture, its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture provides the only global forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity and genetic resources for food and agriculture, and that its global [...]

Final Evaluation of the Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed the implementation process and results achieved in the groundwater governance project, including its sustainability potential and the extent to which it has contributed to outcome results. It found that the project has produced a number of technical documents that considerably expanded knowledge about groundwater management and governance at both regional and global levels. These, along with other achievements of the project, have provided a credible and scientific basis for groundwater governance. It noted that the project has [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Resilience Sub-programme in Somalia

26 May 2016
This evaluation analysed the relevance and progress in building resilience in the first two years by the FAO Somalia resilience sub-programme. It found that agricultural support activities in the areas visited were appreciated, appeared to contribute to enhanced agricultural production, and were of benefit to a large number of women. The cash-for-work activities contributed to household food security with spill over effects on the local economy and communal assets. It recommends that FAO should focus more on the institutional and [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Emergency Response Programme in Central African Republic

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed the entire FAO response in Central African Republic since the L3 was declared, particularly with regard to Strategic Objective 5: Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises. It found that since the L3 response was declared in the country in December 2013, FAO’s response has been appropriate, resulting in large-scale national response and a large number of beneficiaries. It noted that the performance of the food security cluster, primarily coordinated by FAO, was one of [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Guyana

26 May 2016
This evaluation examined FAO’s cooperation in Guyana from 2012 to 2015. It found that FAO has made positive contribution to food security and agriculture in Guyana. It has supported the establishment of a system of sharing market information through cell phones, assisted in setting up the forestry commission and supported updating of policy on forestry and disaster risk management. It also found that FAO has supported grassroots work in inland agriculture and facilitated the establishment of forums between the government [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Sustainable Management of the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Programme

25 May 2016
The Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) programme is an initiative of the eight countries bordering the Bay of Bengal – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This evaluation assessed the collaborative regional mechanism for effective and efficient institutional arrangements to manage such common marine ecosystem and sustainable marine resource use. It concludes that the health of the BOBLME and the sustainability of its living resources have continued to degrade, perhaps at a fast rate, [...]

Mid-term Evaluation of the Integrated Management of the Ilha Grande Bay Ecosystem (BIG) project

25 May 2016
The BIG project aims at adopting integrated management strategies aiming at the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and marine biodiversity in the Ilha Grande Bay ecosystem. This mid-term evaluation analyzed the actions developed and planned, as well as the results and successes of the project, taking the lessons learned that could improve sustainability of actions and strengthen the management and monitoring of this and other similar projects. It identified potential planning problems, progress towards achieving the objectives, and recommended [...]
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