Participants in the discussion identified the following challenges and possible solutions in conducting evaluations of agriculture, rural development and food security programmes:
- Lack of or limited availability of baseline data and information. This problem can be addressed by reconstructing baselines for example using “recall” techniques.
- Gender aspects are often treated as an afterthought, with no or very limited data and indicators to measure progress.
- Limited accessibility of project sites due to either remoteness or security threats: this affects the selection of evaluators and the methods to use. In a recent evaluation of an FAO programme in Afghanistan, the team used