Evaluation at FAO

Recently completed evaluations

Evaluations in FAO assess activities, projects, programmes, strategies and policies and provide evidence-based information that is credible, reliable and useful for timely incorporation into decision-making processes. The following are brief descriptions of evaluations conducted recently of different programmes and projects of FAO:

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Evaluation of the Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)

22 November 2021
The Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM) is a mechanism through which FAO’s resource partners make unearmarked or lightly earmarked voluntary contributions to support achievement of FAO’s Strategic Objectives. OED conducted an evaluation of the current phase of FMM (2018–2021). The purpose of the evaluation was to inform FMM’s main stakeholders about the fund’s overall performance and also inform its next phase (2022–2025). The evaluation assessed FMM’s strategic positioning; effectiveness of the revised governance and implementation arrangements; key contributions to the achievement of [...]

Joint evaluation of collaboration among the United Nations Rome-Based Agencies

15 November 2021
The UN Rome-based agencies (RBAs) – FAO, IFAD and WFP – collaborate in many forms, from joint advocacy, policy and technical work to joint projects. This is the first independent evaluation of collaboration among the RBAs. It has been jointly undertaken by the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD and WFP. The evaluation’s primary objective was to assess whether and to what extent RBA collaboration is contributing to the achievement of the 2030 agenda, particularly at country level. The evaluation found that [...]

Terminal evaluation of the project "Implementing the socio-ecosystem connectivity approach to conserve and sustainable use biodiversity in the Caribbean Region of Colombia"

03 November 2021
The project “Implementing the socio-ecosystem approach to conserve and sustainable use biodiversity in the Caribbean Region of Colombia” was financed by the GEF, implemented, and executed by FAO. The results of the evaluation highlight the relevance of the project to reduce the degradation and fragmentation of the strategic ecosystems of the Caribbean Colombian area, increase and improve the provision of goods and services from agricultural and forestry production. It was also found a high effectiveness of the project in obtaining the [...]

Evaluation of the project “Restoring subsistence and commercial agriculture in tribal districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”

29 October 2021
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Newly Merged Districts have seen a prolonged military conflict leading to the wide-spread displacement of its population and damages and losses to the agricultural lands, irrigation and water harvesting structures, and livestock populations. Since 2015, the rehabilitation of the displaced population is ongoing but slow due to loss of livelihoods and reduced income opportunities. To support the restoration of livelihoods, funded by the United States Agency for International Development for USD 10 million, FAO undertook the project for [...]

Mid-term evaluation of the project “Delivering sustainable environmental, social and economic benefits in West Africa through good governance, correct incentives and innovation”

29 October 2021
Coastal fisheries in West Africa are essential for providing food and employment, supporting the livelihoods of men and women and generating income.  The overall objective of the project “Delivering sustainable environmental, social and economic benefits in West Africa through good governance, correct incentives and innovation” is to strengthen governance, management and value chains through the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries, relevant international tools and innovative governance partnerships in Cabo Verde, Ivory Coast and Senegal.  Overall, the evaluation rated the project [...]

Evaluation of the project “Strengthening community resilience to climate change in Blantyre, Zomba, Neno and Phalombe districts”

28 October 2021
This report documents the evaluation findings of the project “Strengthening community resilience to climate change in Blantyre, Zomba, Neno and Phalombe districts" - GCP/MLW/067/EC. The project created awareness to the effects of climate change, empowering community members with knowledge and skills on how to apply gender-responsive climate–sensitive practices for increased agricultural production. The communities adopted conservation and safeguarding biodiversity actions to address negative effects caused by floods, heavy winds and prolonged droughts. Some of the key transformational strategies introduced by the [...]

Real-time evaluation of FAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme

20 October 2021
Designed in July 2020, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme aims to enhance coordination of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ response to the crisis and its related resource mobilization. This interim report of the real-time evaluation (RTE) identifies good practices and lessons learned emerging from programme implementation, specific to the humanitarian response and the provision of knowledge products and data services in support of recovery efforts within the COVID-19 pandemic context. The RTE advises that the [...]

Terminal evaluation of “Strengthening capacity for climate change adaptation through support to integrated watershed management in Lesotho”

08 October 2021
Climate change variability has impacts on Lesotho’s wetlands, which are host to a significant portion of the country’s predominately agricultural economy. Intervening in this sector could potentially increase food security and reduce poverty. FAO was called upon to implement sustainable land and water management practices and resource conservation in an effort to reduce the affected communities’ vulnerability while increasing their capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change. The evaluation found the project to be effective in improving the livelihoods and [...]

Real-time evaluation of FAO's response to the desert locust upsurge 2020–2021: Phase II

05 October 2021
A devastating desert locust upsurge has spread across parts of the Near East, the Greater Horn of Africa and South West Asia in 2020–2021, posing risks to livelihoods and food security in the region. FAO's intervention has been to curb the spread of desert locust, safeguarding livelihoods and providing recovery, and coordinating and preparing the rapid surge support. This report showcases the second phase of the real-time evaluation, in which the following issues have been investigated: i) country level results from [...]

Evaluation of "Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural policies – Phase II" (MAFAP II)

01 October 2021
Governments have turned to FAO for support in identifying and assessing options for reforming policies on food and agriculture through the “Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies” (MAFAP) programme. While the first phase of FAO’s efforts concentrated more on conducting policy analysis and measuring public expenditures, this second phase built on the first phase’s outcomes to support policy reforms across Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. MAFAP has been found to be an effective and well-positioned influencer of policy reforms in [...]
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