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Evaluation of FAO’s contributions to Sustainable Development Goal 2

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FAO. 2021. Evaluation of FAO's contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Farmer field schools and their derivatives. Rome.


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    Agroecology has the potential to drive transformational change, taking a unique and systemic approach to meeting the significant rise in future food needs while ensuring that no one is left behind. This review aims to assess the relevance and contribution of FAO’s agroecological work to the SDG 2 targets and the principles of the 2030 Agenda. Based on extensive documentation reviews and interviews, it draws on concrete experiences in Africa, Asia and Latin America, presenting three best-practice case studies from India, Senegal and Nicaragua. It examines FAO’s role and importance in supporting the agroecological transition process, particularly in relation to its key tools and competencies. The study finds that FAO has three key advantages when it comes to supporting the upscaling of agroecology: i) it is a respected partner at government and policy level; ii) it has the requisite scientific and technical knowledge and a strong knowledge platform; and iii) it is seen as a neutral convenor and facilitator of multi-stakeholder processes. FAO’s support “toolbox” for agroecology transition processes offers a broad and strong package of targeted interventions for agroecological development. The review recommends, among other things, that the new management of FAO be clearer and more emphatic in its communication and commitment to agroecology as a principal approach to achieving the SDGs. It also recommends that FAO capitalize on its decision to post agroecology focal points in regional offices, to facilitate knowledge sharing, synergies and cross-learning, also in relation to other agricultural initiatives.
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    Nutrition education
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    Unhealthy diets remain one of the main contributors to the global burden of malnutrition and disease. According to the World Health Organization Global Nutrition Report 2018, poor feeding of infants and young children remains a key cause of infant malnutrition. Thus, actions to improve diet, including holistic nutrition education, are key to achieving SDG 2 target 2.2 on ending all forms of malnutrition. FAO has been working for many years to support countries in promoting healthy diets through school, community and professional nutrition education. Its nutrition education approach uses diverse strategies to foster lifelong healthy eating habits and promote environments that support good nutrition and healthful food choices. This study focuses on those initiatives with the potential to be upscaled and to make a significant contribution to the achievement of SDG 2 targets. It assesses achievements linked to SDG 2, ties to the key principles of the 2030 Agenda, lessons learned and the factors behind successes and challenges to implementation, replication and upscaling. The study found human and financial resources to be among the main constraints on FAO’s nutrition work. While nutrition education is crosscutting and often included in projects, it receives few resources and has low visibility. Most interventions are small-scale pilots that depend on rare regular budget allocations. The study recommends that nutrition education be included as part of other measures to promote healthy food environments and that it be integrated into the curriculums of agricultural and rural development training institutions to bolster human capacity to promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems and healthy diets.
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    Support to value chain development
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    This review forms part of the overarching evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2), as requested by the FAO Programme Committee at its 125th session. Although FAO’s support for valuechain development is wide ranging, the focus of the review is on FAO’s experience of roots and tubers value-chain development in Africa from 2015 to 2019, in particular, the development of the cassava value chain in Malawi. The study found that FAO’s value-chain development work is most successful when it takes into account and addresses the vast range of complex issues involved in value-chain development, some of which are non-technical. For example, peoples’ perception, attitudes and behaviours about food derivatives and new product development may need to be factored in when scaling up pilot interventions to ensure their success. Additionally, many of FAO’s value-chain development actions have been successful, but challenges remain with regard to the transformative upscaling necessary to ensure that rural smallholders can sustainably and equitably participate in the dynamics of the transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture. Among others, the study recommends that FAO consult with as many local actors as possible prior to designing, developing and implementing its value-chain initiatives to gain a comprehensive overview of issues and context.

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