Smallholder Tree Crop Revitalization Support Project

Liberia  
March 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) has prepared a performance evaluation report on the Smallholder Tree Crop Revitalization Support project (STCRSP) in the Republic of Liberia, the first evaluation it has conducted in the country.

The project was implemented between 2011 and 2017 with the objective to reduce post-conflict poverty and food insecurity, and to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of rural communities. The target population of 15,000 smallholder cocoa/coffee farmers was extremely poor, with very low levels of literacy, and their contact with the wider economy and society was limited by lack of roads and services.

The project successfully rehabilitated 85 per cent of the targeted 15,000 hectares of cocoa and coffee farms, which enabled cocoa farmers to increase production and improve quality, and to obtain a higher price for their produce. The project has also been able to rehabilitate 133.1 km of roads and increase famers’ access to markets. STCRSP thus successfully contributed to improved livelihoods and enabled farmers to make the transition from survival mode to recovered livelihoods. In addition, the project was effective in reinforcing the extension services offered by public and private providers, and in strengthening farmers’ organizations.

However, the evaluation also concluded that the project design could have better supported food security, as there was no significant difference in food security indicators between STCRSP beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries.

The report recommends that future IFAD value chain development projects focus on addressing constraints upstream and pay increased attention to nodes downstream of the value chain, for instance, focusing on interventions that support farmers and their organizations to add value to their produce, and that promote an equitable share of benefits.

LANGUAGES: English

Newsletter Issue n. 28 - March 2020

March 2020

IOE has released its twenty-eighth electronic newsletter. The aim is to promote transparency and share knowledge with partners and stakeholders about key developments related to IOE’s work.

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Rehabilitation and Community-based Poverty Reduction Project

Sierra Leone  
March 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) has prepared a project performance evaluation (PPE) of the Rehabilitation and Community-based Poverty Reduction Project (RCPRP) in the Republic of Sierra Leone, implemented in the country from 2006 to 2017.

The project was to be an integrated response to rehabilitating and sustaining essential services in the country, and restoring basic production capacity to pre-conflict levels by providing support to the short-term recovery of rural communities and their farming systems, while laying the basis for long-term rehabilitation and participatory development.

The report highlights that the project achieved its objectives related to increasing production of rice and cocoa – the main commodities at the basis of agriculture and rural development in Sierra Leone – and met its targets in terms of rehabilitating roads.

However, the project was less successful, for example, in creating effective links between primary producers and the market. Also, the effectiveness of the project’s climate- and environment-related interventions was mixed.

As a result, the evaluation noted, among its recommendations, the need to promote effective and efficient market participation by smallholder farmers, and to strengthen institutional expertise and the financial capacity of marketing organizations. In addition, where adaptation to climate change is specifically pursued, it should be treated as an intrinsic part of project design, not merely an accessory.

LANGUAGES: English

Plurinational State of Bolivia Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2015.

The main objectives of the CSPE are to:

  • assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in the Plurinational State of Bolivia;
  • generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in the Plurinational State of Bolivia within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; and
  • provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.

The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions will be made available soon.

LANGUAGES: English

Uganda Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Uganda  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in the Republic of Uganda.

The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of Uganda since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2013.

The main objectives of the CSPE are to:

  • assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in Uganda;
  • generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in Uganda within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; and
  • provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.
The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions will be made available soon.
LANGUAGES: English

Niger Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Niger  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in the Republic of Niger.

The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of Niger since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2010.

The main objectives of the CSPE are to:

  • assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in Niger;
  • generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in Niger within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; and
  • provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.

The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions will be made available soon.

LANGUAGES: English

Pakistan Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Pakistan  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in Pakistan.

The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of Pakistan since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2008.

The main objectives of the CSPE are to:

  • assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in Pakistan;
  • generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in Pakistan within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; and
  • provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.

The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions will be made available soon.

LANGUAGES: English

Morocco Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Morocco  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in Morocco.

The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of Morocco since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2008.

The main objectives of the CSPE are to:

  • assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in Morocco;
  • generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in Morocco within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; and
  • provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.
The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions will be made available soon.
LANGUAGES: English

Madagascar Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Madagascar  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in the Republic of Madagascar.

The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of Madagascar since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2013.

The main objectives of the CSPE are to:

  • assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in Madagascar;
  • generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in Madagascar within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; and
  • provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.

The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions is available at the Download button.

LANGUAGES: English

Sudan Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Sierra Leone  
February 2020

The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) is undertaking a country strategy and programme evaluation (CSPE) in Sudan. The CSPE will assess the results and performance of the partnership between IFAD and the Government of Sudan since the last country programme evaluation was concluded in 2008. The main objectives of the CSPE are to (i) assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in Sudan; (ii) generate findings and recommendations for strengthening and enhancing the overall effectiveness of the IFAD programme in Sudan within the framework of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030; (iii) and provide relevant information and knowledge to guide the preparation of the next country strategic opportunities programme.

The Approach Paper specifying the evaluation objectives, methodology, process, timelines, and key questions is available at the Download button.

LANGUAGES: English
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