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Evaluations in FAO aim to provide credible, useful and evidence-based analyses that feed into the policy and practice of FAO and its partners, therefore helping to achieve sustainable reduction of poverty and hunger, in line with the Organization’s agreed goals and strategic objectives.

Recent evaluations

Evaluation of Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme

Evaluation of Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction programme

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, the programme has supported integration of nutrition into national agriculture sector investment plans in Africa and linkage of the scaling up nutrition multi-sectoral process to national policies. At the country level, tools developed with support of the programme are being used to improve evidence base for nutrition in agriculture. The evaluation notes that coherence of the programme is less evident at the country level and that government follow-up in the 48 countries covered has not been as systematic as expected. It recommends strengthening of the civil society mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security through more inclusive and more systematic representation and consultations. It advises FAO to intensify efforts in harmonising its resilience measurement approaches, focusing on food and nutrition outcomes. 

Mid-term Evaluation of the Forest and Farm Facility Programme

Mid-term evaluation of the Forest and Farm Facility programme

This evaluation examined activities of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme in the 10 focus countries (Bolivia, Gambia, Guatemala, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia). It assessed the effectiveness and strategic relevance of FAO’s contribution to social protection and the inclusion of marginalized groups in decision-making processes through the programme. It found that FFF has made good progress and is filling gaps in rural development cooperation on regional, global and country levels. It has implicitly supported value chains upgrading through activities aimed at value addition. The evaluation however found that the inability to advance forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) to a higher status limits their capacity to engage, for example, with financial institutions for loans. It recommends that FFF should improve its value chain development approach by adding elements that focus on value addition, processing, and linkage to various actors, in the same chains. It also recommends to enhance support to the development of women’s entrepreneurship in forest and farm-based value chains in order to ensure equal participation in value chains and linkages to markets. All recommendations were accepted by the FFF project team, and a Gender and Youth Strategy for the FFF will be prepared for 2017.

Ongoing evaluations

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises

Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 5 (SO5): Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises

This evaluation examines FAO’s contribution to enhanced resilience through supporting social, economic, political and institutional systems. Building upon a number of evaluations conducted on FAO’s emergency interventions in the past, it examines how the resilience programme approach has helped FAO improve relevance and effectiveness of its work in enhancing the ability of people, communities and countries to withstand damage from disasters or crises and to recover rapidly. Lessons from the evaluation will help FAO in developing better strategies for resilience programmes. It will be finalized in the third quarter of 2016.

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in Bangladesh

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution in Bangladesh

This evaluation examines FAO’s cooperation with Bangladesh from 2011 to 2016, including activities funded through the Trust Fund and FAO’s resources. It assesses FAO’s strategic relevance in addressing the country’s needs and challenges, as well as contributions to national priorities in rural and agricultural development. It also assesses the strategic positioning of FAO in terms of partnerships, programme coherence, synergies with other development actors, and pursuit of the UN norms and standards, including gender. Findings from the evaluation will be useful for re-focusing Bangladesh’s next country programming framework to align it better to the country, regional and FAO priorities.