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 project "Integrating climate resilience into agricultural and pastoral production for food security in vulnerable rural areas through the farmers field school approach"

18 December 2020
Burkina Faso's socio-economic characteristics and geographical location make it vulnerable to disasters in general and climate change in particular. The project, implemented by FAO from May 2015 to August 2020, aimed to “enhance the capacity of Burkina Faso’s agricultural and pastoral sectors to cope with climate change, by mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) practices and strategies into on-going agricultural development initiatives and agricultural policies and programming and upscaling of farmers adoption of CCA technologies and practices through a network of [...]

Evaluation of "Promotion of climate-smart livestock management integrating reversion of land degradation and reduction of desertification risks in vulnerable provinces"

14 December 2020
In Ecuador, the livestock sector is essential for food security. It is also an important source of employment and income in provinces with a large presence of small and medium-scale farmers. From May 2020 to October 2020, FAO implemented the project to “reduce soil degradation, and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the livestock sector of Ecuador”. The project was implemented seven provinces, distributed in three geographic regions of the country (coastal Ecuador, the Andes and Amazon). The project had an [...]

Real-time evaluation of FAO’s response to desert locust upsurge 2020-2021

14 December 2020
Over the course of 2020, the most devastating Desert Locust upsurge of the past 25 years has spread across parts of the Middle East, the greater Horn of Africa, and southwest Asia. The upsurge poses an unprecedented risk to livelihoods and food security in some of the most food insecure countries in the world. FAO and its partners have mobilized more than USD 163 million since January 2020. The response includes three key pillars: (1) curbing the spread of desert [...]

Evaluation of the role and work of the Sub-Regional Office for North Africa (SNE) 2017-2020

10 December 2020
The evaluation of the role and work of the Subregional Office for North Africa (SNE) responds to a request from its Coordinator, in a context of constant developments at the subregional and institutional level, to lead a collective reflection on the positioning of the SNE and on the adequacy of its organizational processes. The analysis is based on a staff survey, a participatory internal workshop, a series of individual interviews with staff, and a review of many secondary sources. Reviewing [...]

Evaluation of the project "Integrated national monitoring and assessment system on forest ecosystems (SIMEF)"

03 December 2020
Chile has a native forest that constitutes 18 percent of its continental surface area and over 60 million hectares of protected areas. The country is considered a global hotspot of conservation priority due to its endemism and a high degree of habitat loss. The loss of ecosystems could increase if economic development does not progressively adopt sustainability standards that create less of an impact on biodiversity. From August 2015 to May 2020, FAO implemented the project in order "to develop [...]

Final evaluation of the project for the promotion of biomass-derived energy (PROBIOMASA)

23 October 2020
According to data from the National Energy Balance in 2008, 90% of the total supply of energy in Argentina came from fossil fuels. A progressive increase in the consumption of liquid fossil fuels for the production of electricity was identified, with a negative environmental impact as a consequence of the polluting emissions of greenhouse gases. The project for the promotion of biomass-derived energy (PROBIOMASA) seeks to increase the supply of renewable and competitive energy through the production of biomass-derived energy at [...]

Evaluation of the Food and Nutrition Security, Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) Programme

23 October 2020
The FIRST Programme aims to support the governments of targeted countries to strengthen the enabling policy and institutional environment for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The programme is designed as a demand-based “policy assistance” facility which has its roots in the long-term partnership between FAO and the European Union. The programme approach of embedding a policy officer within partner country administrations constitutes the best option for building trusted relationships to support improved policy processes. FIRST has created a [...]

Evaluation of the FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations

22 October 2020
The Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations, endorsed in 2013, has reiterated FAO’s commitment for collaboration with civil society organizations. Since then, FAO has further promoted civil society’s active participation in global policy discussions, regional and national consultations, and international forums, resulting in several formal partnerships agreements being signed. While this is commendable, FAO has not effectively integrated partnership development activities within its programs and workplans. Most partnership initiatives, particularly at the country level, are not focused on long-term relationship [...]

Evaluation of the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme

19 October 2020
At its 127th session, the Programme Committee asked the Office of Evaluation (OED) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of FAO’s TCP to evaluate its relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, fund allocation and distribution, governance and management, in addition to strategic and programmatic aspects. OED undertook the evaluation between March and September 2020 with a view to presenting it to the Programme Committee in November 2020. The evaluation is primarily aimed at FAO Senior Management and Members. Core users are the Technical Cooperation [...]

Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 2 - “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (SDG2 evaluation)

16 October 2020
At its 125th session, the FAO Programme Committee requested an evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Sustainable Development Goal 2 - “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (SDG2 evaluation). The SDG 2 Evaluation was conceived as a ‘formative’ evaluation in that it tries to assess a programme of work that is still taking shape. It was a complex exercise, strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During its first phase in 2019, the evaluation focused on FAO’s [...]