Since 2010 FAO’s country-level cooperation has progressively been prioritized and planned in the form of a Country Programming Framework (CPF). In the case of the Kyrgyz Republic, the CPF had initially covered the period 2012-15 but was recently updated (December 2014) upon Government’s request to reflect changes in priorities both in the country and at FAO. The revised CPF covers the period 2015-17 and is aligned to the National Sustainable Development Strategy (2013-17) and the UN Development Assistance Framework (2013-17). The main objective of the Evaluation of FAO’s Country Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic will be to assess the contributions made by FAO to national food and agricultural development in the period 2010-14 with a focus on the thematic areas prioritized in the CPF. The findings, lessons learnt, and best-fit practices identified through the evaluation will be used to inform ongoing and future work in the country.
The Evaluation of the FAO Somalia Resilience Programme will aim to assess FAO’s performance in resilience building in Somalia over the past two years (2013-2014). It will assess the extent to which the programme has contributed to building the resilience of Somali people taking into consideration the protracted crisis nature of the context, and identify success factors and challenges. It will provide in-depth external analysis of the various achievements of the resilience programme, as well as of the bottlenecks and challenges, and generate recommendations for adaptation of the activities and implementation modalities for enhanced performance of the programme.
The Office of Evaluation is currently assessing the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) cooperation with Burkina Faso during the 2010-2014 timeframe. The evaluation was launched in 2014, with the main evaluation phase to be carried out from March to May 2015. During this period, the team will meet with stakeholders at the national and decentralized levels, as well as beneficiaries at project sites. The evaluation will assess FAO’s role and results achieved in the priority areas identified in the Country Programming Framework (CPF). The document, developed in consultation with government and other national stakeholders, provides the framework for FAO’s cooperation with the country. In addition to identifying lessons learnt and best practices, the results will be used to better orient FAO’s future cooperation with Burkina Faso and inform the development of priority areas for the new CPF cycle.
The Office of Evaluation (OED) recently launched an evaluation of FAO’s cooperation with Lao PDR in order to assess the contributions made by FAO to the country during 2009-2014. The evaluation, currently underway, will take place between October 2014-July 2015, with preparatory work including an inception mission in January, and a full evaluation mission in May 2015. Since 2013, FAO’s country-level cooperation with Lao PDR has been implemented under the structure of a Country Programming Framework (CPF), which covers the period 2013-2015 and reflects the priorities of the government and FAO for food and agricultural development in the country. The evaluation will focus on results achieved in terms of technical and emergency support in the priority areas identified by the CPF, and in assessing the scope for further development of the programme in the areas of FAO’s mandate. Findings from the evaluation, including lessons learnt and best practices, will be used to inform FAO’s future cooperation with the country and to update the priorities in the new CPF cycle.
In October 2011, FAO’s Programme Committee requested OED to carry out an evaluation of FAO’s work on genetic resources, in order to “assess the work on policies and capacity development with respect to the management of forest, plant, animal and aquatic genetic resources, as well as to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity for food and agriculture.” FAO’s main coordinating body is the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), many of the objectives of GR work are expressed in Global Action Plans, and progress made in GR work is, to some extent, measured in “state of the world” reports. One important aspect of this evaluation will be to assess the extent to which FAO support to international fora, capacity development activities and monitoring mechanisms has been successful to measure trends, identify issues and support governments in their management of genetic resources.
In 2011, the Programme Committee (PC) requested an evaluation of FAO’s Work on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. This evaluation will focus on assessing the results of FAO’s work at country-level in terms of improvements in national systems for climate change adaptation and mitigation, and in the livelihoods resilience of beneficiaries. The evaluation will also assess FAO’s internal coordination and strategy with respect to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as FAO’s engagement in the global-level dialogue on climate change through the various international fora, alliances and conventions. The evaluation report will be presented to the Programme Committee in November 2015.
In October 2011, the 108th Session of the Programme Committee requested the conduct of an evaluation of FAO's role in the dissemination of knowledge on food, agriculture and natural resources in 2014. Since 2011, FAO has adopted an explicit integrated approach to the generation, management, sharing, communication and transfer of knowledge and information related to food, agriculture and natural resources. The evaluation will assess these multiple roles of FAO with respect to knowledge. The evaluation report will be presented to the Programme Committee in 2015.