- When schools were closed during a five-month period of lockdown in Kenya this year, almost 4,000 schoolgirls became pregnant in one county alone.
The State of Food and Agriculture 2020The 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...
- Impact Evaluation in the humanitarian space
Resilience in complex food crises: The case for building better evidenceIn 2019, the world recorded 135 million "acutely food-insecure people in crisis or worse". More than three quarters of them lived in countries affected by conflict or extreme weather events.
Global Report on Food Crises 2020The Global Report on Food Crises tracks the numbers and locations of acutely food-insecure people most in need of emergency food, nutrition and livelihood assistance during the peak or worst point in 2019. The report is the result of a joint, consensus-based assessment of acute food insecurity...
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.
- Guidance Document
Integrating gender into implementation and monitoring and evaluation of cash transfer and public works programmesThis third FAO toolkit addresses why gender-sensitive implementation matters, reviews gender-sensitive programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and learning systems while describing how to develop a gender-sensitive M&E framework.
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...
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
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020The report complements the usual assessment of food security and nutrition with projections of what the world may look like in 2030, if trends of the last decade continue. Projections show that the world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and, despite some progress, most indicators are...
Global development indicators are not just numbersOn July 13th, the 2020 edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World was presented by its authors - FAO, IFAD, WHO, WFP and UNICEF - at the UN High-Level Policy Forum on Sustainable Development in New York.
- Evaluation Synthesis
Lessons from Evaluations: Responding to Food Security during Covid 19Under the framework of the Covid-19 Evaluation Coalition, Global Affairs Canada, FAO, IFAD, WFP and other agencies identified key lessons that should inform food security and nutrition interventions during covid-19. As a follow-up to this initiative, FAO, IFAD, UNIDO and WFP are launching a rapid...
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
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.
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
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.
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...
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...
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019)Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns. The latest edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and...
WFP Annual Evaluation Report 2018WFP annual evaluation report explains the purpose of evaluation and how it is evolving in line with WFP’s strategic direction and trends in WFP’s operating environment, providing an overview of centralized and decentralized evaluations completed, conducted and planned in the period 2018 to 2019. In...
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...
2019 Global Report on Food CrisesMore than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger requiring urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance. The worst food crises in 2018 were, in order of severity, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Sudan...
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...
- Event Proceedings
Investing in evidence to end hunger. A closer look at national opportunities.This brief summarizes the WFP event Investing in evidence to end hunger. A closer look at national opportunities held during the EvalMENA Conference. The World Food Programme (WFP) participation in EvalMENA is part of its commitment to expand the evaluation culture.
- 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.
2018 Hunger MapThe WFP Hunger Map provides an overview on the countries' situation with regard to the prevalence of undernurishment across countries.
- 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...
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.
WFP Annual Evaluation Report 2017This evaluation report provides an overview of centralized and decentralized evaluations completed, conducted and planned by the World Food Programme (WFP) in the period 2016-2018 and highlights the various types of evaluation evidence available to support the organization's strategic priorities...
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?
The issues facing global agriculture
What aspects should always be included in evaluation Terms of Reference of agriculture-based interventions?
EvalForward moving ahead at EvalColombo2018EvalForward first public launch took place at EvalColombo 2018. What are the expectations of the broader evaluation community?
What works in improving food security and nutrition in very poor communities?
I would be interested in examples from your evaluation experience of projects that have been successful in improving food security, and in particular food access, in extremely poor communities: could you please share them?
Gender and evaluation of food security
How to properly take charge of the "gender" theme during evaluations of food security projects and programs or sustainable agriculture? Is it enough to simply associate women to different activities carried out in projects / programs as it is often practice to say that one is gender-sensitive? What are the general and specific evaluation criteria that can be put forward without creating controversy?