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

Use of synthesis and meta-analysis in development evaluation

This webinar presented the experience of different UN agencies and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in using synthesis and meta-analysis in evaluation, and was organized in the context of the Interest Group on methodologies of the UNEG (United Nations Evaluation Group) and as a follow up to the online discussion hosted on the EvalForward Community of Practice.