The conference took place from 31 October to 3 November in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America. It included more than 40 professional development workshops, featured 700 evaluation presenters, and served to connect a community of more than 3,000 evaluators.
The Deputy Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), Fabrizio Felloni, participated in the Panel Session "Experiences in evaluating international development support to agricultural value chains for poverty reduction".
The session was dedicated to two corporate-level evaluations on pro-poor agricultural value chain development recently conducted by two major international development organizations, the African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The presentations outlined the definition of agricultural value chains and the methodological challenges in: (i) assessing the performance and the emerging results of development interventions that are at their initial stages; and (ii) in aggregating findings and explanatory factors. The presentations highlighted key factors for success of failure and to what extent and under what conditions, supporting value chain linkages can effectively benefit smallholder and poor farmers and rural producers.
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