Building forward better on food security: using evidence for a post-Covid19 world without hunger

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This gLOCAL event will engage policy makers, programme managers, technical and financial partners in discussing what and how we can learn from evaluative evidence in order to design informed and context specific programmes. Drawing from the recently published Evidence summary on COVID-19 and Food Security, findings, key good practices and lessons learned from evaluations of interventions to protect food security in times of crises will be discussed. 

The event will also contribute to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021

The event will take place on 1st June 2021 3:00pm-4:30pm CEST / 1:00pm GMT


  • Opening remarks – Ms Andrea Cook, Director, Office of Evaluation, WFP
  • The Evidence Summary on COVID-19 and Food Security – Mr Patrick Breard, international consultant, Breard & Associates.
  • Panel discussion moderated by Mr Carlos Tarazona, Senior Evaluation Officer, FAO: 
    • Ms Sarah Laughton, Chief of Social Protection, WFP
    • Mr Patrick Jacqueson, Programme and Results Team Leader, Office of Emergencies and Resilience, FAO
    • Ms Joan Carling, indigenous human rights activist and environmentalist, Philippines


Whose reality counts in evaluation? Building forward better with people-centered and adaptive evaluations

This gLOCAL event draws on two key and interrelated topics that emerged over the last year in the knowledge sharing among members of the EvalForward Community of Practice: 1) Use of community feedback for adaptive programming, and 2) Methods for enabling community participation and feedback in times of COVID.

In discussing these two topics, the event will focus in particular on examples of some ways in which adaptive programming and inclusive evaluations have been undertaken. Participants will also be able to share and put forward their perspectives and experiences, in interactive sessions which will provide a forum for exchange of experiences and will be moderated by experienced development professionals. 

The event will take place on 2nd June, 3:00pm-4:30pm CEST /1:00pm GMT


Opening remarks – Mr Indran Naidoo, Director, Independent Office of Evaluation, IFAD

Community-led approaches for adaptive responses and recovery, by Ms Johanna Pennarz, Senior Evaluation Officer, IFAD and Ms Julie Thoulozan, Senior Evaluation Officer, WFP

Part 1: Use of community feedback for adaptive programming facilitated by Jennifer Mutua, Evaluation Society of Kenya

  • Highlights from the rapid evaluation of Covid impact in mountain areas by Ms Malika Bonfour president Association Ayur pour le Développement de la femme Rurale, Morocco
  • Highlights from the rapid assessment of needs of migrant people, by Ms Nayely Almanza Sustainable Landscapes Specialist, Rainforest Alliance Mexico.

Part 2: Methods for enabling community participation and feedback in times of COVID facilitated by Dee Jupp, Independent Social Development Consultant & Technical Advisor

  • Highlights from the participatory outcome evaluation, by Mr Binod Chapagain, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, USAID Green Invest Asia, Pact, Thailand
  • Highlights from the evaluation of CDD in Papua and West Papua, by Mr Prashanth Kotturi, Evaluation Officer, IFAD

Plenary discussion and ways forward 

Building on national expertise for adaptive evaluation practice

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This gLOCAL event will allow us to take a step back to reflect on some of the evaluation practice adaptations during the pandemic and identify those that should persist to build forward better evaluation practice in the future. In particular, the session will look into how the changed conditions have increased reliance on national consultants, what opportunities can be leveraged in this regard, and what risks need to be managed. This session will touch on questions related to strengthening national ownership of the evaluation processes and results, reducing international travel and carbon emissions, protecting the independence and the credibility of the evaluation process, and enhancing capacities and roles of national consultants and institutions.

The event will take place on 3rd June, 3:00pm-4:00pm CEST / 1:00pm GMT


  • Opening remarks – Mr. Masahiro Igarashi, Director, Office of Evaluation, FAO
  • Building on national expertise for adaptive evaluation practice - Ms Aurelie Larmoyer, Evaluation Officer, FAO, and Mr Eoghan Molloy, Evaluation Officer, IFAD
  • Panel discussion with:   
    • Ms Arjumand Nizami, Country Director / Int. Advisor Environment & Climate Change, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Pakistan
    • Mr Khalid El Harizi, Strategic evaluation expert, Morocco
    • Mr Mustapha El Haiba, Evaluation consultant, Morocco

The impacts of COVID-19 on the Italian Agriculture & Food sector: what can we learn to build forward better more resilient and sustainable food systems?

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This gLOCAL event will take a close look at how the pandemic affected the Italian agriculture and food sector and will discuss the response that the national and European authorities have provided. 

What type of data can be used to simulate or assess the intensity of shocks caused by the crisis on agriculture and to help shape policy responses? Presenters will share lessons that can be used to improve the resilience of the sector in Italy and discuss how to ensure better use of evidence by decision makers in this particular area.

The event will take place on 4 June, 3:00pm-4:15pm CEST


  • Introduction remarks by Ms Simona Cristiano, Researcher and evaluation specialist, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics and Italian Evaluation Society
  • Panel discussion moderated by Mr Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director, Independent Office of Evaluation, IFAD, with:
    • Ms Annalisa Zezza, Senior policy analyst, National Council for Agricultural Research (CREA), Italy, on potential impact on agriculture of Covid-19 outbreak on medium term prospects
    • Mr Luca Cesaro, Senior researcher, National Council for Agricultural Research (CREA), Italy on Italian Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Main Problems and Future Perspectives

Past events

How to best evaluate capacity development?

This EvalForward Talks session will invite participants to share experiences and explore challenges and approaches for measuring and evaluating the results of capacity development interventions. 

In international development, capacity is seen as “the ability of people, organizations and society as a whole to manage their affairs successfully”, and capacity development is at the core of most projects and programmes. While several methods and tools are available to help track, understand and evaluate capacity development interventions, an enabling and trusting environment is particularly important to ensure meaningful feedback.

Cornelia Rietdorf, Senior M&E Officer, will open the meeting by presenting her experience in testing efficiency and sustainability of capacity development activities in the context of an advocacy project in East Africa.

The session took place on Friday, 30 April from 15:00 to 16:15 CET / 13:00 to 14:15 GMT.

Good practices in Gender-Responsive Evaluation for feeding the world: agriculture, food security, rural development

Several approaches are available to support evaluations in identifying and addressing gender inequalities. This webinar will bring together experts and practitioners to look into the application of gender responsive and feminist evaluation frameworks with a focus on agriculture, food security, and rural development: How have evaluations in these fields used gender-responsive frameworks, if at all? With what challenges? How did they help in identifying changes in gender and power relationships of rural women? The discussion on practical examples and good practices aims to broaden the understanding on how to improve the applications of gender-responsive and feminist frameworks. 

The webinar is organised by EvalForward and EvalGender+ and is part of a series including upcoming sessions in French and in Spanish.  

Thursday 15 April at 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST/ 16:00 pm - 17:00 pm CET


  • Florencia Tateossian, EvalGender+ Co-Chair, and Evaluation specialist, UN Women
  • Johanna Pennarz, Lead Evaluation officer and Eoghan Molloy, Evaluation officer, IFAD 
  • Natalia Kosheleva, Evaluation expert, Russian Federation
  • Nuha Jameel Bashir, Monitoring and Evaluation expert, Palestine
  • Donna Podems, Evaluation expert, South Africa

Facilitators: Renata Mirulla, EvalForward coordinator, and Svetlana Negroustoueva, Evaluation Function lead, CGIAR, and EvalGender+ Co-chair.

EvalForward Talks: Understanding first: why putting understanding before measurement matters

"Measure" often seems a first and foremost step to capture change. Biased by the well-known saying “if it cannot be measured it cannot be managed”, donors, project managers and Terms of Reference urge to measure, overlooking the need to understand first, which is at the heart of any evaluation. It is only upon understanding, making links, connecting and looking at the broader context that we can decide if and what it makes sense to measure, or if not to measure at all. This is also an underlying element of evaluating complexities.

In this session, Silva Feretti, free-lance evaluator, shared her experience and examples of why it’s important to “understand first”, what’s the risk of not conducting such assessment, and how she approached this challenge, followed by discussion and inputs by participants. 

The session took place on 26 March 14:00 to 15:15 Rome time / 13:00 to 14:15 GMT

EvalForward Talks: How do you communicate difficult evaluation findings?

This EvalForward Talks session discussed the challenges and solutions on how to communicate difficult findings to evaluation commissioners / donors / decision makers.

Jennifer Mutua, Project co-ordinator and Founder of the Evaluation Society of Kenya, shared her experience in communicating with different evaluation stakeholders during the ongoing rapid evaluation she is managing on the assessment of service delivery of health & water sector projects in Kericho & Kilifi Counties.

Participants were invited to contribute their experiences and solutions using the session as a safe space to interact with peers, network, exchange tips and voice concerns. 

The session took place on 19 February from 14:00 to 15:15 Rome time / 13:00 to 14:15 GMT.

EvalForward Talks: Remote evaluations during COVID-19: how can we cope and adapt? What are the best solutions?

Join your peers for an informal knowledge-exchange session to share the challenges you are facing and the solutions you adopted to overcome them in carrying out remote evaluations, in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As other professionals, evaluators had to adapt their practice to the context of the pandemic and find their ways to cope with the uncertainties of the situation. EvalForward organized this informal session for interested members to share their experience, tips and practical solutions in addressing some of the challenges of remote evaluation.

Renate Roels, evaluation manager at FAO Office of Evaluation, set the stage by sharing her experience in managing evaluations over the last months. An interactive group discussion followed with participants invited to use this as a safe space to contribute their experiences and solutions and to voice their concerns related to work in the COVID-19 context.

The session took place on 11 December 14:00 to 15:15 Rome time / 13:00 to 14:15 GMT.

Suivi & évaluation dans le secteur agricole : quelles sont les capacités ?

EvalForward and the Réseau Francophone de l'Evaluation organised a webinar and panel discussion in French to promote knowledge exchange and draw attention to the challenges of building capacity to support evaluation (and by extension monitoring) in the agricultural sector. 

The results of the EvalForward study on monitoring and evaluation capacities in Ministries of Agriculture were presented by Aurelie Larmoyer (FAO). 

The webinar was held on 2 December from 15:00 to 16:30 Rome time / 14:00 to 1530 GMT.

Facilitator: Renata Mirulla (EvalForward).


  • Rodrigue Owoumbou, Responsable Planification et Suivi-Evaluation du Projet de Développement Agricole et Rurale-Deuxième Phase (PDAR2), Gabon
  • Louisette Bamzok, Coordonnatrice National du Projet  d'Appui au Développement du Cacao (PADCACAO) au Ministère de l'Agriculture et du Développement Rural du Cameroun 
  • Dreni-Mi Mahamat Djimé, Directeur de la Production Agricole et Président du Restau Tchadien de Suivi et Evaluation
  • Laurent Barbut, Consultant spécialiste de l’évaluation des politiques agricoles et rurales



Data quality in agriculture and food security in the time of COVID-19


AVANTI 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 Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda;
  • Armand Zoa, Head of the Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Cameroon.  

gLOCAL event: Building bodies of impact evaluation evidence

This virtual roundtable was organised by the evaluation office of WFP with support of EvalForward in the context of the gLOCAL Evaluation Week. The aim of the roundtable was to examine how to build global bodies of impact evaluation evidence, while still respecting the context-specific understanding of development. 

Facilitator: Jonas Leo Heirman, WFP evaluation officer in charge of WFP’s impact evaluation activities. 

Presentations by: Hanna Paulose, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Impact Evaluation) and Kristen McCollum Evaluation Analyst (Impact Evaluation), WFP 

Roundtable discussants: Macartan Humphreys, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Director of the research unit Institutions and Political Inequality, Sven Harten, DEval (German Institute for Development Evaluation), Head of Competence Centre for Evaluation Methodology, Florence Kondylis, Research Manager, DIME, World Bank, Rebecca Holmes, Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute

gLOCAL event: How do innovative evaluations contribute to achieving SDG2?


In the context of the gLOCAL week, the evaluation offices of FAO, IFAD and WFP with the support of EvalForward organized the online learning event: How do innovative evaluations contribute to achieving SDG2?

Drawing from recent and ongoing work from the he Offices of Evaluation of the organizing agencies the event focused on how innovations can provide lessons for progress under SDG2, “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

e-Panel on Leadership and RBM in the African Agricultural Sector


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 results-based management are: the importance of leadership at all levels of government, ministerial networks and alliances, and institutional stability. The panel also discussed challenges around capacity building, indicators and technology – and the work being done to overcome them.


  • Angela Dannson, Director, Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
  • Elias A.K. Segla, Evaluation specialist, Presidency, Republic of Benin, Bureau of Public Policy evaluation and Government Action Analysis
  • Ian Goldman, Advisor on Evaluation and Evidence Systems, CLEAR Anglophone Africa and Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town. 

Les nouveaux critères d’évaluation du CAD de l’OCDE

Ce webinaire, organisé par EvalForward et par le réseau du CAD sur l’évaluation du développement EvalNet, présente les critères d’évaluation du Comité d’aide au développement (CAD) de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE). 

Ces critères ont récemment fait l’objet d’un processus de révision: le référence révisé, les nouvelles definitions, la portée des changements et des examples tirés des evaluations de projets et de programmes en agriculture font l'objet des presentations du webinaire. 

  • Rélatrice: Megan G. Kennedy-Chouane, Secrétaire générale du réseau EvalNet, OCDE
  • Facilitatrice: Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin, Fonctionnaire principale chargée de l'évaluation, FAO


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The new OECD DAC evaluation criteria: what changes for agriculture and food security?

This webinar presented the revised OECD DAC Criteria to interested members of the EvalForward Community of Practice with examples on their contextualization in the agriculture / food security sector.

  • Presenter: Megan Kennedy-Chouane, Secretariat, EvalNet OECD
  • Moderator: Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin, Senior evaluation Officer, FAO 



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