UN food and agriculture agencies present key findings and recommendations of country strategy and programme evaluations in Cameroon

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UN food and agriculture agencies present key findings and recommendations of country strategy and programme evaluations in Cameroon

Rome, 22 January 2018 – The evaluation offices of the three UN agencies based in Rome – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) – are organizing a joint national workshop to discuss the findings and recommendations of their respective country strategy and programme evaluations with the Government and other key partners in Cameroon.

Issues for discussion at the workshop will include the coordination of the rural and agriculture sectors, targeted interventions on vulnerable groups, gender equality, the fight against malnutrition, and the line between emergency and development interventions.

The event, jointly organized by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Cameroon and the evaluation offices of the three UN agencies, will be held on 1 and 2 February 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé. It will feature representatives of the Government, FAO, IFAD and WFP, as well as staff members of projects being funded or implemented by the three agencies. These include public service providers in the agriculture sector, rural development and civil society organizations, and key development partners active in Cameroon.

On the second day, the workshop will reflect on key issues for preparing future FAO, IFAD and WFP country strategies, programming, and design and implementation of operations in Cameroon, as well as, discuss future opportunities for collaboration with the Government.

Agenda

The first day will be begin with opening remarks by the governmental partner institutions, followed by the presentation of the findings and recommendations of each of the evaluations. In the afternoon, four group discussions will be held to allow participants to exchange their thoughts on the evaluations' main findings.

The second day will be devoted to holding a smaller, complementary workshop to discuss future opportunities for collaboration between the three UN agencies and the Cameroonian government.

What: Joint FAO-IFAD-WFP National Workshop

The workshop is jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon and the evaluation offices of the three Rome-based UN agencies in collaboration with their respective country offices.

When: Main Workshop: Monday, 1 February, 2018, from 08:00 to 17:30

Complementary Workshop: Tuesday, 2 February, 2018 from 08:00 to 13:00

Where: Hilton Hotel, Yaoundé

Media outlets are invited to cover the national workshop. The following officials will be available for interviews, mainly during the first day:

On behalf of FAO

  • For the FAO Evaluation Office: Masahiro Igarashi, Director of the Evaluation Office; and Genny Bonomi, Evaluation Officer, responsible for the evaluation of the FAO country programme in Cameroon.
  • For the FAO Programme: Felicitas Atanga, FAO Cameroon Programme Officer; and a representative of the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa.

On behalf of IFAD

  • For the Independent Evaluation Office (IOE) of IFAD: Oscar Garcia, Director, IOE; and Michael Carbon, Senior Evaluation Officer, responsible for IFAD's Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation in Cameroon.
  • For the Programme Management Department (PMD) of IFAD: Abdelkarim Sma, Regional Economist, attending on behalf of the Associate Vice-President of the Programme Management Department; Ides de Willebois, Director, West and Central Africa Division; and Bernard Hien, Country Portfolio Manager.

On behalf of WFP

  • For the WFP Office of Evaluation: Andrea Cook, Director of Evaluation, WFP; and Dawit Habtemariam, Evaluation Officer, responsible for the evaluation of the WFP Country Portfolio in Cameroon.

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Media Alert No: 02/2018

IFAD has invested in rural people for 40 years, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$19.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 474 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

The Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. IOE's independent evaluations assess the impact of IFAD-funded activities and give an analysis of successes and shortcomings – to tell it the way it is – as well as identify factors affecting performance. Based on the key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also communicates and shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.

Media contact

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Laure Vidaud

Evaluation Administrative Assistant

l.vidaud@ifad.org