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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 project on Contribution to the food security of vulnerable families in Antioquia

01 October 2016
This evaluation analysed project contributions to the food security of vulnerable families in Antioquia through capacity strengthening for the development of local supply plans and sustainable enterprises. It found that the project has supported the development of business ventures as indicated in the project design. The family farms supported by the project have contributed significantly to increasing the average intake of vegetables and fruits by families. The evaluation recommends that future projects should have a clear gender strategy and seek [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in the United Republic of Tanzania

01 October 2016
This evaluation assessed the results and strategic relevance of FAO Tanzania Country Programme for the period 2014–2016 with particular focus on the ten main clusters of the work undertaken. It found to be of high quality and relevance the support to national climate smart agriculture, particularly the development of the national climate smart agriculture guidelines, and the support to the Agriculture Statistics Strategic Plan and its implementation. During the Country Programming Framework period, FAO support for advocacy on youth and [...]

Evaluation of the project on Improving the Dietary Intake and Nutritional Status of Infants and Young Children through Improved Food Security and Complementary Feeding Counselling

30 September 2016
This evaluation assessed the contribution of research on locally available and affordable complementary feeding and analysed its potential impact at community and institutional levels and among nutrition practitioners. It found that the research has contributed to growing evidence on the benefits of integrating nutritional education into food security and agriculture projects for improvements in infant and young child feeding and dietary diversity. The research has influenced some decision-making and policy nationally. In Malawi, capacities and knowledge base within the national [...]

Evaluation of the Capacity Building for South African Professionals in the Field of Agriculture and Food Security project

30 September 2016
This evaluation analysed FAO’s assistance to the Government of South Africa, specifically the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries in developing the capacity of staff at the national and provincial levels, as well as improving outcomes for smallholder farmers through integrated support. It found that despite the ad hoc nature of trainings to the department’s officials, the project succeeded in supporting capacity development of individual beneficiaries through various sector specific trainings, young professional programmes and exchange visits. The establishment of [...]

Evaluation of the project on Strengthening Resilience and Adaptive Capacity of Agro-Pastoral Communities and the Local Government to Reduce Impacts of Climate Risk on Livelihoods in Karamoja, Uganda

30 September 2016
This evaluation assessed FAO’s contribution to increase the resilience of agropastoral communities in Karamoja to climate extremes and weather events through improved early warning, preparedness and contingency planning and response system; enhanced livestock disease surveillance, diagnostic capacity, veterinary services; and strengthened agro-pastoral production systems. It found that the watershed management approach, with emphasis on conservation and climate resilience, provided a potentially unifying framework for stakeholders. It also found that partnering with diverse, yet relevant and capable, implementing partners at outcome [...]

Evaluation of a Project, Improving the Management of Obsolete Pesticides in Benin

18 August 2016
This evaluation assessed the extent to which the project contributed to improved management of and awareness about obsolete pesticides, including Endosulfan, and contaminated sites and materials in the Republic of Benin. It found that the project strategy and resources were adequate and well adapted to the country context and have contributed to improved management of obsolete pesticides. Tools to help improve pesticide distribution and inspection were developed and national competencies were strengthened. The evaluation however notes that awareness raising about [...]

Evaluation of Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme

27 May 2016
This evaluation assessed the catalytic role of the Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction programme and its overall contribution to enhanced, coordinated and informed food security and nutrition governance at the global, regional and national levels. It found that the programme has been very successful and has accomplished a great deal in four years. It has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways. At the regional level, it has supported integration of nutrition [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution in Barbados and Member Countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed the overall contribution of FAO over the period 2010-2015 in a large number of small countries through operational arrangements that do not fall within the regular country office set-up. It found that the system has worked effectively to the satisfaction of partners and that FAO has played a key role in advocacy and policy formulation on food security and improved nutrition in the group of countries. It however notes that the system was designed for light programmes [...]

Mid-term evaluation of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics

26 May 2016
This evaluation assessed progress made towards outcomes and outputs at the global, regional and country levels and the impact of funding gap on the sustainability of the Global Strategy. It found that the Strategy is becoming an international reference point for agricultural and rural statistics. It is playing a catalytic role in increasing stakeholders’ awareness and contributions to the overall objectives and playing the vital role of an integrating platform for various complementary and synergistic initiatives to achieve greater impact [...]

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 [...]
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