Evaluation at FAO

OED to present evaluations of FAO’s Work on Gender and Nutrition, plus a Synthesis of Strategic Objective evaluations to FAO Governing Body


At this year’s spring session of the FAO Programme Committee, to be held from 18 to 22 March 2019, the Office of Evaluation (OED) will present a number of strategic evaluations to Members: the Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender, the Evaluation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition, and the Synthesis of findings and lessons learned from the Strategic Objective evaluations. OED will also update Members on progress in implementing the Action Plan of the Office of Evaluation.

The Programme Committee receives evaluation reports on behalf of the FAO governing bodies, so is a crucial forum for dialogue with Members and a key accountability mechanism. The Committee presents its conclusions on evaluations and management responses to the FAO Council, along with recommendations for follow-up action. It subsequently gets progress reports on the implementation of evaluation recommendations and advises the Council accordingly.

The Evaluation of FAO’s work on gender examines the relevance of FAO’s Gender Equality Policy (GEP) as the main guiding instrument for the Organization’s gender work, the effectiveness of its implementation and the progress made on achieving gender equality in sustainable agricultural production and rural development. It presents six key messages on the progress made by FAO and the challenges faced in promoting gender equality, the relevance of the GEP to FAO’s mandate, the results at the institutional and field levels, the mechanisms for gender mainstreaming, technical guidelines and knowledge products, partnerships and sustainability.

The Evaluation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition appraises progress on the implementation of FAO’s Nutrition Strategy from 2012 to 2018, in particular, the mainstreaming of nutrition in FAO’s work. It examines how the Strategy, the reviewed Strategic Framework and associated delivery mechanisms have helped FAO to focus and improve its work on nutrition-sensitive food and agricultural systems. It provides strategic recommendations for greater mainstreaming of nutrition and an increased contribution of food and agricultural systems to nutrition.

The Synthesis of findings and lessons learned from the Strategic Objective evaluations extracts key findings from the five Strategic Objective (SO) evaluations and identifies to what extent the Strategic Framework has been an effective programming tool in support of FAO’s greater development contribution since 2014. It presents 14 key messages that reflect lessons learned from and challenges and constraints of the conceptualization, operationalization and results of the SOs, as well as deliberations on recent global developments of importance to the Strategic Framework.

All reports and Management Responses are available to download from the official page of the Programme Committee here. In particular, please find below the links to the:

  • Management Response to the evaluation of FAO’s work on gender: link
  • Management Response to the strategy and vision for FAO’s work on nutrition: link
  • Management Observations on the synthesis of findings and lessons learnt from the Strategic Objective evaluations: link