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 FAO’s contribution to the Republic of Indonesia 2016–2020

22 July 2021
There are numerous risks to the sustainability and stability of Indonesia’s farming system, food production system, supply chains, and ecosystems. The evaluation aims to answer two essential questions: whether FAO is doing what is needed and whether it is making a difference.   This evaluation recommends that FAO support the green and blue (land and sea) preparedness and adaptation plans, as well as early warning systems. The evaluation further recommends that FAO ramp up its support for a national decision support system [...]

Evaluation of the project “Developing capacity for strengthening food security and nutrition in selected countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia"

22 June 2021
Caucasus and Central Asian countries are strongly committed to promoting food security and nutrition among their populations. Although good progress has been made by most countries in the region, food insecurity and malnutrition remain relatively high and greater efforts are needed to address their root causes. Moreover, wide gaps in terms of income, food security and nutrition, and access to social services have caused substantial migration from rural areas to neighbouring countries.The FAO project on developing capacity for strengthening food [...]

Terminal evaluation of the project “Integration of climate resilience in agricultural and pastoral production for food security in vulnerable rural areas through the farmer field school"

22 June 2021
This is the terminal evaluation report of a project that aimed to strengthen the agricultural and pastoral sectors’ climate change adaptation (CCA) capacities in the Niger. The project reached 21 142 direct beneficiaries (or 106 percent of the target), including 51 percent women. However, the project experienced shortcomings in terms of its management (from start-up to mid-term), its 3rd expected result (integration of CCA into development policies and plans) and its mobilization/accounting of co-financing partners. The expected 3rd result will be continued under [...]

Evaluation of the project "Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag)"

22 June 2021
The Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) programme, jointly coordinated by UNDP and FAO, worked with eleven countries to identify and integrate climate adaptation measures into national planning and budgeting processes, in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular SDG 2 - Zero Hunger; and SDG 13 - Climate Action) and the Paris Agreement. The evaluation assessed programme relevance and the achievement and sustainability of programme results among other dimensions.The evaluation found that NAP-Ag’s country-driven, multi-sector and [...]

Review of the FAO corporate surge response in Yemen 2017–2019

07 June 2021
Yemen is now home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with half of its population facing severe acute food insecurity despite ongoing humanitarian food assistance. To meet the demands for active learning, the FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) conducted a review of the FAO Yemen corporate surge response systems, structure, strategy and delivery. The review concluded that FAO has succeeded in supporting a significant number of beneficiaries with a wide range of projects. The operational capacity could be improved by [...]

Evaluation of projects related to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security funded by Germany

07 June 2021
FAO has been promoting the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) in several countries and the Federal Republic of Germany had significantly contributed by financially supporting FAO’s activities. The programme contributed through multi-stakeholder platforms to an inclusive dialogue which led in most countries to the emergence of a common vision on land governance and positively influenced the land reform processes. It also triggered changes in mind-set which are needed for long-term improvements [...]

Evaluation of the project “Strengthening the role of women in peacebuilding through natural resources management at the community level in the rural areas of the governorates of Sana’a and Lahaj in Yemen”

07 June 2021
Women have traditionally played a role in water conflict resolution in rural areas. The most transformative change the project has achieved is the institutionalization of this role through the Water User Associations (WUAs) so that women gain further acceptance within their communities. The evaluation found that FAO and IOM should further explore the catalytic effect of this project in sustaining local peace prospects, particularly with an enhanced role for women in conflict resolution, and should build a necessary link to [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the humanitarian–development–peace nexus 2014–2020

07 June 2021
The Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the humanitarian–development–peace (HDP) nexus revisits and brings together in a coherent narrative the many approaches of conflict management and peace-sustaining work carried out over the years on natural resources management and rights-based frameworks. At the same time, it analyses the body of work developed through emergency activities, in crisis and conflict contexts – shaped by the ever-stronger recognition of the need to focus on longer-term resilience. The evaluation recognizes that the heart of FAO’s work [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s support to climate action (SDG 13) and the implementation of the FAO Strategy on Climate Change (2017)

04 March 2021
The evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13), including an assessment of the implementation of FAO’s Strategy on Climate Change (2017), was carried out in 2020 and was both summative and formative. The evaluation found that FAO has made relevant contributions to SDG 13, the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework by enhancing national capacities for adaptation and resilience to climate change, through knowledge products, tools, guidance and by mobilizing climate finance. Besides, FAO was key to inclusion [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s country programme in Sierra Leone 2012–2019

26 February 2021
The agriculture sector in Sierra Leone accounts for 60 percent of GDP and 58 percent of total employment. More than 58 percent of the country’s population live in rural areas and 86.1 percent of this population are engaged in smallholder subsistence agricultural production. Ten years of civil conflict and the Ebola epidemic in 2014 negatively affected food security and the country’s overall socio-economic situation. This evaluation aims to identify lessons learned and provide strategic recommendations on how FAO programmes can be [...]