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Evaluation of FAO Strategic Objective 1: Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition - Annex 2. Gender

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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
    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 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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    Enabling Parliamentarian Action to Ending Hunger and Malnutrition in Eastern Africa - TCP/SFE/3703 2022
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    Food insecurity and malnutrition remain major public health and socio economic development challenges in Africa, most particularly in Eastern Africa subregion Close to half of the total undernourished population of the African continent resides in Eastern Africa approximately 28 million people in the subregion are severely food insecure according to recent data The critical role of Members of Parliament ( in advancing national and regional food and nutrition agendas makes them important partners in achieving food and nutrition security in Eastern Africa subregion Building on global and regional momentum to mobilize MPs in the fight to end hunger and malnutrition, FAO and the Pan African Parliament ( signed a memorandum of understanding MoU for the establishment of a PAP alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (PAPA FSN) in 2016 At a subsequent meeting, held in Kigali in 2017 commitments were made to establish national Parliamentary Alliances for Food and Nutrition Security in Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda The agenda of this meeting focused on the role of lawmakers in ensuring Food Security and Nutrition ( and the importance of MPs’ support to ending hunger and malnutrition in the subregion This resulted in MPs’ further commitment to forming a subregional platform to promote learning and experience sharing Participating MPs also called on continuous support from FAO in their efforts to establish and operationalize national and regional alliances Events such as the Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ( Biennial Conference, both held in 2018 continued to strengthen commitments by MPs to intensify their efforts to fight hunger in a transformational way For example, the Global Parliamentary Summit invited Parliaments where parliamentary alliances against hunger and malnutrition do not exist, to create them and to strengthen them as a political commitment and to contribute to achieving a world free from hunger in 2030 This project, which was developed upon request of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development ( supports the formation of parliamentarian alliances in Eastern African countries and builds the capacity of parliamentarians to advocate, generate political commitment, strengthen legislative and policy environments and improve budget allocation for FSN issues.

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