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Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Conservation Agriculture Thematic Cluster

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    Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Conservation Agriculture Thematic Cluster - Management Response
    Project evaluation - Management response
    2018
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    Based on three principles – minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotation - Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach that intends to increase productivity while conserving the environment. Funded by OFDA/USAID, FAO’s project aimed to validate and demonstrate CA practices, boost CA adoption among resource-poor farmers and mainstream CA into agricultural policies in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The evaluation found the project appropriate, relevant and effective in terms of reducing crop losses in rain-fed areas affected by land degradation and drought. The evaluation observed and documented cases of increased production, soil moisture conservation during drought, increased soil fertility, reduction of input costs and labour. The project could have delivered greater and sustained synergies between the two neighbouring countries. Sustaining CA introduction will require further improvement to the enabling environment and a new project focused on the broader aspects of climate-smart agriculture, with clear policy-oriented actions and adaptive research.
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    Evaluation of FAO’s Contribution to the Conservation Agriculture Thematic Cluster - Annexes
    Project evaluation - Annexes
    2018
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    Based on three principles – minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover and crop rotation - Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach that intends to increase productivity while conserving the environment. Funded by OFDA/USAID, FAO’s project aimed to validate and demonstrate CA practices, boost CA adoption among resource-poor farmers and mainstream CA into agricultural policies in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The evaluation found the project appropriate, relevant and effective in terms of reducing crop losses in rain-fed areas affected by land degradation and drought. The evaluation observed and documented cases of increased production, soil moisture conservation during drought, increased soil fertility, reduction of input costs and labour. The project could have delivered greater and sustained synergies between the two neighbouring countries. Sustaining CA introduction will require further improvement to the enabling environment and a new project focused on the broader aspects of climate-smart agriculture, with clear policy-oriented actions and adaptive research.
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    Improving Food Security and Reducing Rural Poverty in Timor-Leste - GCP/TIM/008/EC 2020
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    Around 36 percent of the population of Timor-Leste is chronically food insecure, while the country faces high levels of exposure to disasters such as droughts, floods, storms, pests, soil erosion and forest fires. Given the lack of technical expertise in Timor-Leste’s public and private sectors in terms of applied research in sustainable agriculture and natural resources management, and with vulnerable rural communities becoming increasingly affected by natural hazards, there was a need to provide farmers with the skills and support needed to improve household and national food security and reduce rural poverty. In response, the project aimed to support the Government of Timor-Leste, in particular the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, in building back livelihoods and income sources, while mitigating the further deterioration of the nutritional status of El Niño-affected families and most vulnerable households. The anticipated outcome was enhanced livelihood resilience for vulnerable farm families in drought-prone areas of the country through the integration of disaster risk management, early warning and the promotion of Climate-Smart Agriculture technologies and practices.

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