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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 FAO’s contribution in the Republic of the Niger

28 April 2017
This evaluation assessed FAO’s strategic positioning in the Republic of the Niger and results achieved in contributing to the three priority areas identified in the Country Programming Framework 2011-2015: strengthening vulnerable populations’ resilience to food and nutrition insecurity; increasing, diversifying and promoting agricultural, pastoral, forestry and fishery production; and developing capacity of institutions in the rural sector. It found that during the period, FAO successfully introduced and facilitated adoption of several innovations and new approaches, including the dissemination of farmer [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to rural poverty reduction through Strategic Programme 3

13 April 2017
This evaluation assessed the strategic relevance and progress in the implementation of FAO’s new approach to rural poverty reduction at country level. The evaluation found that FAO’s new approach, which besides its long-standing work on smallholder agriculture includes areas such as social protection and decent rural employment, has started to support the formulation of multi-sectoral responses to address rural poverty reduction. Building on the early successes, FAO needs to consolidate the progress achieved to fully demonstrate the efficacy of the [...]

Evaluation of the project on Strategies for Trawl Fisheries Bycatch Management

12 April 2017
This evaluation assessed activities and achievements of the Strategies for Trawl Fisheries Bycatch Management project from inception in January 2011 to June 2016. It found that the project has achieved many but not all of the intended results across its four components and has contributed to achieving the global environment objective and the project development objective. The project facilitated the capacity development of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, which will serve to support improvements in fisheries management in the [...]

Final evaluation of the project: Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia

31 March 2017
The Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) project was established in 1994. From 2000 onward, the main donors selected the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to be the implementing agency for FSNAU. The overall objective of the project was to ensure that Somali food, nutrition and livelihood security was strengthened at the household and community level, thereby ensuring greater resilience to shocks such as those caused by conflict, drought, flood, disease or economic crisis. The [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s Technical Cooperation Assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

06 February 2017
This was the first comprehensive independent evaluation of FAO’s technical cooperation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It examined themes, projects and priority areas in the cooperation, including results achieved, partnerships forged and capacity development efforts. It found that the programme continues to respond to priorities identified by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. The achievements have been substantial in a number of technical domains such as animal health, fisheries, aquaculture and environmental rehabilitation. Projects were largely successful in [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in the Kyrgyz Republic

09 January 2017
This evaluation assessed FAO’s contribution in the Kyrgyz Republic through each of the priority areas of work under the Country Programming Framework 2015–2017: food security and nutrition, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and rural poverty reduction. It found that the Country Programming Framework was a comprehensive programme that largely addressed relevant development goals and key development issues of the country. The initiatives have enjoyed high levels of ownership and appreciation from government counterparts and donors. Among these are [...]

Final evaluation of Capacity building for South African Professionals in the Field of Agriculture and Food Security (GCP/RAF/412/SAF)

30 November 2016
This report presents the findings of the final evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project GCP/RAF/412/SAF, Capacity-building for South African Professionals in the Field of Agriculture and Food Security (with initial emphasis on International Development Cooperation).The project had two components: i) to capacitate South African professionals in those areas where skills are underdeveloped (e.g. management of international development cooperation, aquaculture, forestry resources and agricultural reform), conduct food security analysis and develop a sector transformation [...]

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 5: Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises

03 November 2016
In the FAO’s Reviewed Strategic Framework 2010-19, Strategic Objective 5 (SO5) was dedicated to “increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises”. This evaluation reviewed the conceptual and planning framework for SO5, FAO’s capacity to translate the framework into action, preliminary results achieved, and FAO’s global positioning in resilience. The evaluation found that collaboration within FAO has markedly improved under SO5, although there are still opportunities for greater synergies between different units, and that FAO has positioned itself well [...]

Mid-term evaluation of the Conservation Agriculture Scaling-up project in Zambia

02 November 2016
This evaluation reviewed the Theory of Change, logframe, progress of the project and identified design and implementation issues to be addressed to strengthen implementation. It found that the project is making good progress towards its objectives. Nutrition and food security are improving for participating farmers as their production and income increase. The greatest incentive for farmers to participate in the project has been the improved knowledge and experience that they have gained. The project has contributed to capacity development on [...]

Evaluation of projects on Community Empowerment and Institutional Strengthening for Improved Food and Nutrition Security in Afghanistan

01 November 2016
This cluster evaluation assessed the overall contribution of three interlinked projects related to food security and nutrition in Afghanistan. It found that the food security cluster has contributed to women’s empowerment through the formation of common interest groups for women, increased knowledge and skills in mushroom farming, and improved technology transfer of mushroom cultivation. It contributed to increased coordination and enhanced capacities, institutional structures and processes for improved policy development, programme design and implementation, which have enhanced household food security [...]