Evaluation at FAO

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Evaluation of FAO’s Country Programme in the Republic of Ghana

In 2022, the FAO Office of Evaluation conducted its first country programme evaluation in Ghana covering the period between 2018 and 2022.

The purpose of the evaluation was to provide strategic recommendations on how the FAO programme can be better oriented in Ghana that could feed into the formulation of the next Country Programming Framework (CPF), defining the priorities for cooperation between FAO and the Government of Ghana. The evaluation assessed the relevance of FAO's programme, its contributions to the CPF priority areas, and organizational performance in Ghana.

Overall, the evaluation found that FAO's programme in Ghana aligns with the government's agricultural modernization agenda, with significant contributions in value chain development, climate resilience, and anticipatory actions in the agriculture sector. However, the design and implementation of the CPF is not optimally responsive to Ghana's specific challenges as a low-middle-income country. Stakeholders recognize FAO's influence and expertise but highlighted a mismatch in strategic positioning and leadership. The evaluation emphasizes the importance of stronger government ownership and private sector engagement.

The evaluation makes six recommendations, which includes FAO strengthening its presence and sights in Ghana and developing explicit corporate policies and tools for effective operations in low-middle-income countries.