التقييم في منظمة الأغذية والزراعة

STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP EVALUATION OF FAO's COUNTRY PROGRAMME IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR 2011-2016

FAO implemented about 43 national projects in Myanmar in the last five years, providing assistance for emergency responses and development activities totaling to about USD 51 million.


Nay Pyi Taw, 08 August 2017 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) implemented about 43 projects in Myanmar in the last five years in the following areas: resilience, crop production, post-harvest, co-management of natural resources, livestock, prevention and control of transboundary animal diseases, and food security and nutrition.


Today, a delegation from FAO’s Office of Evaluation presented to members of the government including H.E. Aung Thu, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation the results from the evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Myanmar Country Programme. This encompassed but was not limited to FAO’s interventions under the FAO Myanmar Country Programming Framework (2012–2016).


“The FAO Office of Evaluation has been conducting country programme evaluations since 2005 to provide accountability to Member countries, national governments and development partners, and draw lessons and good practices for programme improvement” explained Masahiro Igarashi, Director of the Office of Evaluation. Mr Harvey Garcia, Evaluation Officer, explained that more than 800 stakeholders and beneficiaries were interviewed during the evaluation process, in addition to conducting field visits, three case studies and two related evaluations.
“Through this evaluation we can gather information and have a true picture of the work done in the past five years. We will be using the recommendations of the evaluation to guide our future work, and particularly to reorient our future strategy and revise the Country Programming Framework, which ended in 2016” explained Ms Xiaojie Fan, the FAO Representative in Myanmar. “We are happy to see that both FAO and the government have a mutual goal to achieve the long-term objective of food security, but also to address the more immediate aim to raise awareness on malnutrition and food safety”.


Among the results presented, the Office of the Evaluation, noted that FAO’s interventions are well-aligned with national goals and priorities and drew the attention to the important role played by the organization in supporting and advising the government on agriculture. This support included the launch of important renovation processes, such as those related to the national seed system. Moreover, the evaluation pointed out how FAO accompanied the country in its transition, providing valuable assistance and knowledge to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department for the prevention, surveillance and control of transboundary animal diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza.


With the purpose of improving FAO’s future interventions in the country, the evaluation formulated recommendations for the country office: for example, to improve gender equality as a driving force for change in future programmes, conduct a thorough gender and context analysis, and to continue the good work in co-managing natural resources, particularly in forest and fisheries communities. Moreover, FAO should continue its policy support to further develop food control systems and formulate a comprehensive food safety policy and strategy defining the roles, responsibilities and coordination of standard regulations among ministries and regulation bodies.


To conclude, Mr Ian Llyod, Independent Evaluator and Land Tenure Expert, recommended FAO “(…) to further assist the government of Myanmar also in planning land programmes and policy, and develop a long-term plan for land administration, in partnership with civil society”.