How do we move forward on Evaluation Systems in the Agriculture Sector?
Dear EvalForward members,
Agriculture is Rwanda's major economic sector. It accounts for 24 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and about 64% percent of total employment with (82%) females and (63% ) Males are employed in the sector.
While we have a quite good Monitoring as part of the M&E function and a sound Management information system in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, we have no national evaluation system and this absence constrains evidence-based decisions in the sector and limits the learning for future projects.
Evaluations would provide evidence for future investments, inform policies in the agriculture sector and inform major sector decisions. It is a management tool and staff efforts would be directed in the right direction hence allowing better accountability.
Of course, the need for a national Evaluation system is beyond the agriculture sector and cuts across most sectors.
We are currently winding up our Vision 2020, with big targets in agriculture, food and Nutrition security in particular. It would be ideal to have a country evaluation of all vision 2020 targets, agriculture inclusive to inform the next country program.
I am really interested in learning from members in other countries:
- How are you managing with or without an evaluation system? If you do have an evaluation system, how much are we missing out as a country?
- And how do we influence our leaders and partners to move this forward, what is needed in terms of leadership, resources, and capacities?
I would love to hear from you!
Vice President, Rwanda M&E Society