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Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 1: Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition - Annex 1. Terms of Reference

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    Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 1: Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition
    Thematic evaluation - Main report
    2018
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    FAO’s Strategic Objective 1 (SO1) is to “contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition”. The evaluation examined the value added of SO1 to FAO’s efforts to promote food and nutrition security at the global, regional, and national levels from 2014 to 2017. It concluded that SO1 was well designed, stressed the importance of political commitment to reduce hunger and malnutrition, promoted right-based approaches in FAO’s policy support and highlighted the need to work with ministries beyond agriculture, such as ministries of finance, health or education. FAO has also worked with various Parliamentary Fronts Against Hunger, local governments and municipalities. Regional economic cooperation organizations have also been an avenue of choice through the development of regional policies and legal frameworks, “model laws” and strategies on such topics as school feeding programmes, national investment in agriculture, or crop diversification. However, a high heterogeneity was observed in the approaches followed by FAO in different countries and regions under SO1, which reflected differences in context but also betrayed insufficient communication and training efforts within FAO itself. In particular, the most innovative aspects of SO1 need to be communicated to a greater extent, especially to FAO country offices so as to inform FAO’s activities at country level. The evaluation also found a proliferation of actors, policy initiatives, approaches, coordination spaces and knowledge products in food and nutrition security, sometimes leading to confusion and competition rather than building a critical mass for sustained progress. In this context, FAO could play a greater role in policy convergence and the synthesis of multiple data streams into narratives that make sense for decision-making.
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    Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 1: Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition - Annex 2. Gender
    Thematic evaluation - Annex
    2018
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    FAO’s Strategic Objective 1 (SO1) is to “contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition”. The evaluation examined the value added of SO1 to FAO’s efforts to promote food and nutrition security at the global, regional, and national levels from 2014 to 2017. It concluded that SO1 was well designed, stressed the importance of political commitment to reduce hunger and malnutrition, promoted right-based approaches in FAO’s policy support and highlighted the need to work with ministries beyond agriculture, such as ministries of finance, health or education. FAO has also worked with various Parliamentary Fronts Against Hunger, local governments and municipalities. Regional economic cooperation organizations have also been an avenue of choice through the development of regional policies and legal frameworks, “model laws” and strategies on such topics as school feeding programmes, national investment in agriculture, or crop diversification. However, a high heterogeneity was observed in the approaches followed by FAO in different countries and regions under SO1, which reflected differences in context but also betrayed insufficient communication and training efforts within FAO itself. In particular, the most innovative aspects of SO1 need to be communicated to a greater extent, especially to FAO country offices so as to inform FAO’s activities at country level. The evaluation also found a proliferation of actors, policy initiatives, approaches, coordination spaces and knowledge products in food and nutrition security, sometimes leading to confusion and competition rather than building a critical mass for sustained progress. In this context, FAO could play a greater role in policy convergence and the synthesis of multiple data streams into narratives that make sense for decision-making.
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    Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Sustainable Development Goal 2
    Legal and parliamentarian work on food and nutrition security
    2021
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    Meeting the SDG 2 targets to eradicate hunger and malnutrition requires transformational change to policy, legislation and institutional frameworks. Parliaments, therefore, have a vital role to play in establishing the legislative and institutional frameworks needed to foster legislation that will spur policy on and investment in agriculture, food systems and nutrition. This review provides a critical analysis of how FAO’s legal and parliamentarian work on food and nutrition security (FNS) is enhancing its efforts to support countries in achieving the SDG 2 goals. FAO has been working with national and regional parliamentarians to promote participatory processes that formulate and enact laws on FNS. It has promoted the creation of Parliamentary Fronts Against Hunger, putting the Right to Food high on the political agenda. FAO has taken a twopronged approach to its work: i) supporting the formulation of framework FNS laws that legislate for several sectors more generally and ii) supporting specific sectoral legislation to address certain aspects in more detail. Thus, FAO’s legislative work is not only linked to SDG 2, but has positive ramification for other SDGs. The review recommends that FAO strengthen its legal and parliamentary capacity with additional financial resources and qualified personnel. It also suggests that FAO could do more to support the monitoring and implementation of laws and policies, become more involved in the process of regulation, as well as in the communication and dissemination of laws and policies, and become more involved in establishing observatories to monitor progress on the Right to Food and FNS.

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