- ReportThe State of Food and Agriculture 2020 presents new estimates on the pervasiveness of water scarcity in irrigated agriculture and of water shortages in rainfed agriculture, as well as on the number of people affected. It finds major differences across countries, and also substantial spatial...
External coherence of agriculture interventions
Lack of external coherence in agriculture projects can cause antagonism among interventions or implementation strategies and annihilate the results and progress achieved. This often leads to strategic behaviour (bias) on the part of beneficiaries.
Lessons from the evaluation of IFAD’s support to innovations for inclusive and sustainable smallholder agricultureInnovations are key to improve the effectiveness of agri-food systems and better meet the rising demand for food worldwide. In particular, they are essential to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 targets.
How do we move forward on Evaluation Systems in the Agriculture Sector?
Is evaluation present in your country, and in the agriculture sector specifically? Please share your experience and suggestions on how to move evaluation systems forward.
Evaluating business innovations in agriculture-based social enterprisesInnovation is not about technology alone. Innovation is about the process of using ideas (novel or otherwise) in new ways and combinations, for economic, social and/or environmental gain.
Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2020This year marks the 10-year countdown to the end-date of the 2030 Agenda. According to the data contained in the FAO report, collected before the COVID-19 pandemic, progress remains insufficient in the food and agriculture domain, suggesting that the world is not on track to meet the relevant...
- Evaluation in times of Covid-19
How has Covid-19 affected data quality in the agriculture sector? Highlights on a recent e-PanelAn e-Panel, co-hosted by AVANTI and EvalForward, set out to explore this question. Our panellists, Armand Zoa, Joas Tugizimana and Tim Njagi, shared their experiences from Cameroon, Rwanda and Kenya respectively.
Building forward better initiative - Monitoring, evaluation and learningThe Building forward better initiative - ”Strengthening natural resources management capacities to revitalise agriculture in fragile contexts” project stems from the recognition of the importance of investing in human capital in fragile contexts. In the framework of the project a number of webinars...
Review of monitoring and evaluation capacities in the agriculture sectorCarried out by the FAO Office of Evaluation in collaboration with EvalForward, the study aimed at shedding light on M&E activities, capacities and dynamics taking place in Ministries of Agriculture through interviews with officers working in monitoring and evaluation units in 23 countries and over a...
Review of monitoring and evaluation capacities in the agriculture sectorThis brief summarizes the main results of the Review of monitoring and evaluation capacities in the agriculture sector carried out by the Office of Evaluaution of FAO with EvalForward. The study aimed at clarifying monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, capacities and dynamics taking place in...
Data quality in agriculture and food security in the time of COVID-19AVANTI and EvalForward organized an e-Panel to discuss challenges and explore solutions to data quality production in the agriculture sector in the context of the Covid 19, with: Tim Njagi, Research Fellow at the Tegemeo Institute, Kenya; Joas Tugizimana, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the...
OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029The Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029 is a collaborative effort of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. It brings together the commodity, policy and country expertise of both organisations as well as...
Data quality in agriculture and food security in the time of COVID-19
Value chain approaches: reaching the very poorA value chain is the full range of activities – including design, production and distribution – required to bring a product or service from conception to its final market destination.
Importance of leadership in Results-based management. Highlights on a recent e-PanelIn a recent e-Panel, co-hosted by AVANTI and EvalForward, we explored the role of leadership in instilling a culture of Results-based management (RBM) in African agriculture based on evidenced experience.
How can evaluation help improve data quality and policies on food security during Covid-19 pandemic?
Data on food production, prices, trade, market access, nutrition and data on population without access/constrained access to food items are all affected by the current pandemic
e-Panel on Leadership and RBM in the African Agricultural SectorThis e-Panel was held on 6 May 2020 by AVANTI and EvalForward. Experts from Benin, Ghana and South Africa discussed on the importance of leadership and results-based management (RBM) in the African agricultural sector. Among factors mentioned that appear to be crucial for building a culture of...
Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systemsA synthesis of the results and recommendations of TEEB for Agriculture and Food’s Scientific and Economic Foundations Report This report serves as a synthesis of the 2018 Scientific and Economic Foundations report and proposes a new and comprehensive Evaluation Framework in the field of agriculture...
Evaluation in the age of big data: Opportunities and challenges in agriculture and food securityMost evaluations require adjusting methodology to real-world constraints, whether they be economic, technical, organizational, political, or related to time or data.
- Guidance Document
Strengthening monitoring and evaluation for adaptation planning in the agriculture sectorsThis Guidance Note focuses on how to design a national Monitoring & Evaluation system for tracking adaptation action, policies and plans in agriculture and on how to report at international, national and sectoral level. The Guidelines have been developed by the Integrating Agriculture in National...
- From the EvalForward community
Young People in Agriculture – What lessons can we draw from evaluations?Youth are becoming increasingly disconnected from the agriculture sector, despite the evidence that there have been some efforts over the years to boost the engagement of young people in agriculture.
- Guidance Document
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning – Concepts, principles and toolsThis guide serves as a resource for national facilitators, for project stakeholders and for other capacity development and monitoring experts to implement a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system and to be able to track the main outcomes (behavioural changes) resulting from the project. It...
The farmer as a key participant of M&E: lessons and experiences from Participatory M&E systems
What are your experiences and lessons in getting the farmers involved in all stages of Monitoring and Evaluation of agricultural interventions? What are some innovative Participatory Monitoring&Evaluation approaches for agricultural projects and how effective they are?
Measuring resilience-building in Karamoja, UgandaI was recently involved in a mid-term evaluation of a multi-agency 2016-2020 programming to enhance resilience in Karamoja, the least-developed region of Uganda.
EvalForward webinar on the revised evaluation criteria
Are agriculture programs supporting women to improve their livelihood?
Women constitute the majority of the agricultural labour force in small-scale and subsistence farming. What are the lessons learnt from agriculture programs with regards to the activities of the women in the agricultural sector?
Evaluation in the Agriculture sector: what do we know about countries’ capacities?Evaluation and, more generally, Results-Based Management (RBM) are amongst the best-known instruments to strengthen accountability and learning, and, ultimately, improve policies and practices.
World Food and Agriculture Statistical Pocketbook 2019This publication presents selected key indicators related to agriculture and food security, along four main themes: Settings, Hunger, Food supply, Environment.
- Evaluation conferenceOuagadougou, Burkina Faso
Table ronde: L'institutionnalisation de l'evaluation dans le secteur agricole
Youth in agriculture: what lessons can we draw from evaluations?
For agriculture to grow and innovate we need young people to engage. However, the average age of agriculture workers is increasing.
What can evaluation tell us on the rising age in agriculture work and on how to address this issue?
- WorkshopIFAD headquarters, Rome, Italy
Learning event: 2019 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations
The State of Food and Agriculture 2019The State of Food and Agriculture 2019 responds to this question, providing key guidance for an effective and sustainable solution of the problem. The report provides new estimates of the world’s food that is lost from post-harvest up to, but excluding, the retail level. It also offers a...
Smallholder farmers as a backbone for the implementation of the Sustainable Development GoalsThe authors proposes the handprint assessment approach as a holistic measure for smallholder farmers' contribution to the SDGs and targets and classify them in the groups: Basic needs of SDGs, Social SDGs,Governance SDGs, Environment SDGs and Economic SDGs.
Meta-evidence review on impacts of investments in agricultural and rural development on Sustainable Development Goals 1&2Agriculture and rural development research will play a critical role in meeting the ambitious targets under SDGs 1 and 2. In recent years there has been heightened emphasis on both the rigorous evaluation of development interventions and systematic reviews and meta-analyses based on such evaluations...
- TrainingIFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.
Learning event on evaluating the support to pro-poor value chain development
Enhancing funding and service delivery in agriculture: any ideas?
The agriculture sector is often underfunded and this limits service delivery and monitoring and evaluation, especially at local level.
Please share your views and any suggestion you may have.
- Evaluation Synthesis
IFAD's engagement in pro-poor value chain developmentThis corporate-level evaluation assesses IFAD's performance in supporting the development of pro-poor value chain over 10 years. The report identifies opportunities for improving the outreach to poor and very poor producers that can be considered when designing projects, such as the factors that...
Sustainable Food Value Chains for NutritionFree e-learning course of 3 hours developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bioversity International. The course includes: The relationship between...
Supporting smallhoder agriculture: what are your experiences in using evaluation?
Please share your views and examples on improving smallholder projects with evaluation.
- From the EvalForward community
How can we improve the quality of development projects?In rural and agricultural development, projects are the main instrument for piloting and/or implementing policies and programmes.
What can we do to improve the quality of development projects?
What is your list of "good practices" that can help improve development projects quality and effectiveness?
Recurring errors in public policies and major projects: contributions and solutions from evaluation
How is evaluation helping address mistakes and failures of policies and major programmes?
- Guidance Document
FAO Framework on Rural Extreme PovertyThe Extreme Rural Poverty Framework, launched on 18 June 2019, provides guidance for FAO’s contribution to addressing extreme poverty reduction. Striving to build consensus on FAO’s role in supporting countries to reach SDG 1, in particular Target 1.1, on eliminating extreme poverty, and SDG 2 on...
- Technical Paper
Digital Technologies in Agriculture and Rural Areas - Briefing PaperAgriculture has undergone a series of revolutions that have driven efficiency, yield and profitability to previously unattainable levels. Market forecasts for the next decade suggest a ‘digital agricultural revolution’ will be the newest shift which could help ensure agriculture meets the needs of...
Can agriculture and food security policies be effective when statistical data is unreliable?In conducting research presented at the AfrEA Conference, I was asking myself if the persistence of hunger and poverty in Africa was not related to the unreliability of statistics.
What can we do to improve food security data?
How can we monitor and evaluate efficiently progress towards the SDG2 – Ending Hunger if we cannot count on reliable data and consequent statistics and indicators?
Do you think there are also weakness and challenges in data collection in your country?
The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and AgricultureBiodiversity for food and agriculture is the subset of biodiversity that contributes in one way or another to agriculture and food production. It includes crop, livestock, forest or aquaculture systems, harvested forest and aquatic species and wild species harvested for food and other products...
Food Outlook 2019Food Outlook is a biannual publication focusing on developments in global food and feed markets, published by the Trade and Markets Division of FAO. The report provides comprehensive assessments and short-term forecasts for commodity production, utilization, trade, stocks and prices, as well as...
Dissemination of decentralized evaluation results through an innovative and participatory approach: drawingsWhen communicating with rural communities with their own dialect, WFP Colombia gets creative, with pens, paint and paper.
We need evaluation to support agricultural transformation in AfricaDaudi Sumba, head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), shares his views on how evaluation can support Africa's agricultural transformation.
- TrainingIstambul, Turkey
PRiME Impact Evaluation Course
Celebrating the African evaluation community at the 9th AfrEA ConferenceThe 9th International Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) took place in Abidjan, from 11 to 15 March.
Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia 2018The Europe and Central Asia region encompasses great economic, social and environmental diversity, and its countries are facing various food security and nutrition challenges. While they have made significant progress in reducing the prevalence of undernourishment over the past two decades, new...
Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2018Accelerating progress towards the SDGs The 2018 Asia-Pacific regional report on Food Security and Nutrition focuses on the urgent need to accelerate work across this region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on Zero Hunger; presents new analyses and updates on key indicators of food...
Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Africa 2018The 2018 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition reports that the food security situation on the continent continues to worsen. The worsening situation in Africa is due to difficult global economic conditions and, in many countries, conflict and climate-related disasters, sometimes...
- Guidance Document
Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development GoalsThis global report is intended to serve as a reference framework to engage in the transformation process of the livestock sector towards sustainability. It calls for an integrated approach towards livestock sustainable development, highlights the effective adaptation of the SDGs into specific and...
Is this really an output? Addressing terminology differences between evaluators and project managers
Did you experience challenges due to differences in the use of terminology between people who planned the project and evaluators when doing evaluations? And if you did, how did you handle them?
How to Measure the Impact of Monitoring and Evaluation Work
I am trying to think how best we can measure the impact of monitoring and evaluation work and would be grateful if you could share your experience and ideas with me.
What is your take on how to measure the impact or changes that are informed by the monitoring and evaluation?
- From the EvalForward community
What are your evaluation challenges?The latest discussion in the EvalForward CoP covered challenges that evaluations encounter in the agriculture, rural development and food security sectors and beyond. Here is a summary of the issues emerging and ways forward suggested.
World Food and Agriculture - Statistical Pocketbook 2018This publication presents selected key indicators related to agriculture and food security, as well as a variety of dimensions of agriculture and food security along four focus areas: setting, hunger dimensions, food supply and environment.
- Evaluation Synthesis
FAO Programme Evaluation Report 2017The Programme Evaluation Report 2017 is now available to download. This report aims to provide Member Countries and other readers with an analytical summary of the emerging and recurrent trends in evaluations, and to discuss the main results, gaps and lessons found in FAO’s work in the period of...
- Evaluation Synthesis
2018 Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD OperationsThe 2018 ARRI presents a synthesis of IFAD’s performance and highlights results and systemic issues from independent evaluations conducted in 2017. The quantitative analysis draws on ratings from 320 evaluations conducted since 2002
- WorkshopRome, Italy and on webcast
Learning event on the Annual Report on Results and Impact of IFAD Operations 2018
The State of Food and Agriculture 2018. Migration, agriculture and rural developmentMigration is an expanding global reality which allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, but it also involves challenges for migrants and societies. Are there specific policy directions that governments should keep in mind to maximize the opportunities migration brings while minimizing...
Improving Agriculture and Food Security through EvaluationCall now open for the 9th AfrEA International Conference.
Challenges of evaluation
What constraints do you encounter during the different evaluations of programs and interventions on rural development, agriculture and food security? How do you get around them? And which are the ones you cannot get around?
- Evaluation conferenceManila, Phlippines
2nd APEA International Evaluation Conference
The issues facing global agriculture
What aspects should always be included in evaluation Terms of Reference of agriculture-based interventions?
- Evaluation conferenceAbidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
9th AfrEA Conference
EvalForward moving ahead at EvalColombo2018EvalForward first public launch took place at EvalColombo 2018. What are the expectations of the broader evaluation community?