Evaluation of FAO’s Role and Work in Nutrition
While nutrition is part of FAO’s mandate, its place and role in the Organization’s overall activities have varied and evolved, reflecting the priority given to this area of work. In recent years, the resources for nutrition have declined. Nonetheless, an intensive programme of work has been maintained and thin resources spread over a broad range of activities.
The Independent External Evaluation of FAO did examine the work of FAO in nutrition and made recommendations on priorities of work, including identification of areas that due to the engagement of other international actors should be of lesser priority. However, the IEE with its broad overall mandate did not study in great detail FAO’s nutrition-related work. With the exception of its work on the Codex Alimentarius and food safety, the work of FAO in nutrition has not yet been evaluated thoroughly.
With today’s renewed fight against hunger and the prominence of nutrition issues in the international agenda, it is opportune to better understand and clarify FAO’s role and work in nutrition.
The evaluation report is expected to be finalized in June 2011 and the report and management response will be reviewed by the Programme Committee at its October 2011 session.