Evaluation of Food & Nutrition Security Project In Jordan towards Poverty Alleviation

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Evaluation Plan:
2013-2017, Jordan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2014
Completion Date:
03/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
9,000

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Title Evaluation of Food & Nutrition Security Project In Jordan towards Poverty Alleviation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2017, Jordan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2014
Planned End Date: 06/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
Evaluation Budget(US $): 9,000
Source of Funding: TRAC
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Muin Khoury Mr. muinkhoury@yahoo.com JORDAN
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: JORDAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 As Food Security is not new, awareness of the ?concept? of food security as a national strategy must be raised through training workshops for all stakeholders engaged in food security programmes, including the need for the FSRDU to familiarize themselves with other countries experiences, international best practice and continuous learning
2 There is a major need for capacity building for MoA/ FSRDU, and boost the number of specialized staff. Recommended training according to the Capacity Development Project could be divided into three groups: Agricultural skills,Economic and business administration skills, and Specific food safety skills
3 The HCFNS secretariat functions were identified in the project document, as well as its structure, forward and backward linkages with other directorates inside MoA and outside MoA in other related ministries and institutions. The HCFNS should make good on establishing such functions in addition to selecting secretariat staff and identifying their jobs' description
4 Create a national food security umbrella ? similar to the Gulf countries where food security and healthy nutrition interventions and initiatives are implemented and coordinated by one institution, namely the FSRDU, provided capacity building is implemented and the unit invests in specialized, qualified and skilled manpower
5 A ?delivery? unit must be created from ?outsiders? who would be in a better position to ensure fair and proper selection criteria as well as field inspection, transparency and integrity of the process including the development of a monitoring and tracking mechanism
6 Raising Awareness ?Promote nutritional security through awareness campaigns. ?Raising public awareness on quality of foods, soundness and diversity of nutrition, food supplements, breastfeeding, food hygiene and health hazards, dangers of osteoporosis for future mothers. ?Organize continuous farmer education on shock absorption and compensation of losses, including pesticide residues monitoring and minimizing technologies and safety methodologies. ?The MoA must work towards a ?food observatory? as best practice in the form of a ?news/research bulletin? that tracks various food security issues and developments and updates stakeholders on potential vulnerabilities in the context of a ?food security early warning system?.
7 The Way Forward ?Promote the issue of ?heritage and culture?, and recommend more focus on ?farming heritage? that are mostly family run businesses. Farmers? sons and daughters could be kept closer to their lands if given the right farming advice, from choice of plant suitable for area, to landscape calculations, to farming cost computation, to pesticide use to problem solving. ?The MoA/FSRDU must guarantee the stability and sustainability of the projects initiated by UNDP or other UN Agencies or donors and carry forward in terms of monitoring and support ?UNDP should continue to support and monitor in coordination with the FSRDU initiated projects for sustainability and success, both the Rose Water project into its three year life cycle by providing necessary equipment and or packaging and distribution as well as livestock and rabbit raising projects.
8 Innovative Approaches ?UNDP, in any future support initiatives, could develop a ?bundle approach? where beneficiaries of certain produce can be connected to a wholesaler who would purchase excess quantities of milk, for example, under strict hygiene conditions if beneficiaries cannot sell on the local market. ?Partnerships can be made and arranged with identified home enterprises. One such initiative could be the production of ?dried yoghurt? (Jameed) that is popularly used in Jordanian cuisine. This product is sold at a considerable price normally due to high demand. UNDP can connect livestock beneficiaries with selected micro-equity grantees within the context of youth employment who have proposed the production of such a product in their areas. This could be also a criterion for obtaining grants.
1. Recommendation: As Food Security is not new, awareness of the ?concept? of food security as a national strategy must be raised through training workshops for all stakeholders engaged in food security programmes, including the need for the FSRDU to familiarize themselves with other countries experiences, international best practice and continuous learning
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

UNDP has conducted several workshops for the FSU staff including presenting other countries experience. Field visits also were arranged to part of the staff. Workshops on Food security were held to stakeholders. MOA should continue the approach of raising awareness on FS among the stakeholders and build the capacity of the FSU staff

Key Actions:

2. Recommendation: There is a major need for capacity building for MoA/ FSRDU, and boost the number of specialized staff. Recommended training according to the Capacity Development Project could be divided into three groups: Agricultural skills,Economic and business administration skills, and Specific food safety skills
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

In July 2013 UNDP has an international consultant to assess the administrative and technical capacity of the food security unit at MoA. He identified capacity gaps and recommended the required skills and training needs of the unit staff. The final report and recommendations were shared with the ministry for their action

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: The HCFNS secretariat functions were identified in the project document, as well as its structure, forward and backward linkages with other directorates inside MoA and outside MoA in other related ministries and institutions. The HCFNS should make good on establishing such functions in addition to selecting secretariat staff and identifying their jobs' description
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

UNDP has supported establishing a national inter-ministerial committee representing the concerned ministries and institutions, with private sector and NGOs representation is formed. The committee met few times, there is a need for activating the committee by the Minister of Agriculture

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation: Create a national food security umbrella ? similar to the Gulf countries where food security and healthy nutrition interventions and initiatives are implemented and coordinated by one institution, namely the FSRDU, provided capacity building is implemented and the unit invests in specialized, qualified and skilled manpower
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

UNDP has recommended in its technical reports and within the Food Security Strategy the importance of having an umbrella for food security in Jordan, along with an independent unit ; the work done through the project to form a higher committee and secretariat and building the capacity of the FSU supports this approach

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: A ?delivery? unit must be created from ?outsiders? who would be in a better position to ensure fair and proper selection criteria as well as field inspection, transparency and integrity of the process including the development of a monitoring and tracking mechanism
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

UNDP support this recommendation and the evaluation report was sent to MOA and recommendations discussed with them

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: Raising Awareness ?Promote nutritional security through awareness campaigns. ?Raising public awareness on quality of foods, soundness and diversity of nutrition, food supplements, breastfeeding, food hygiene and health hazards, dangers of osteoporosis for future mothers. ?Organize continuous farmer education on shock absorption and compensation of losses, including pesticide residues monitoring and minimizing technologies and safety methodologies. ?The MoA must work towards a ?food observatory? as best practice in the form of a ?news/research bulletin? that tracks various food security issues and developments and updates stakeholders on potential vulnerabilities in the context of a ?food security early warning system?.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

?UNDP supports this recommendation and the evaluation report was sent to MOA and recommendations discussed with them. ?UNDP supported the idea of ?food Observatory? and a specialized training was conducted in this regard were the Egyptian experience was presented and first Bulletin on food security in Jordan was drafted through the project

Key Actions:

7. Recommendation: The Way Forward ?Promote the issue of ?heritage and culture?, and recommend more focus on ?farming heritage? that are mostly family run businesses. Farmers? sons and daughters could be kept closer to their lands if given the right farming advice, from choice of plant suitable for area, to landscape calculations, to farming cost computation, to pesticide use to problem solving. ?The MoA/FSRDU must guarantee the stability and sustainability of the projects initiated by UNDP or other UN Agencies or donors and carry forward in terms of monitoring and support ?UNDP should continue to support and monitor in coordination with the FSRDU initiated projects for sustainability and success, both the Rose Water project into its three year life cycle by providing necessary equipment and or packaging and distribution as well as livestock and rabbit raising projects.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

?UNDP has started a new project funded by the EU which support small farmers in agro food processing to empower families in rural areas and to continue support the interventions of the food security project especially the Damascus rose interventions ?UNDP will continue receiving progress reports on interventions of the project and would keep supporting them if funds are mobilized

Key Actions:

8. Recommendation: Innovative Approaches ?UNDP, in any future support initiatives, could develop a ?bundle approach? where beneficiaries of certain produce can be connected to a wholesaler who would purchase excess quantities of milk, for example, under strict hygiene conditions if beneficiaries cannot sell on the local market. ?Partnerships can be made and arranged with identified home enterprises. One such initiative could be the production of ?dried yoghurt? (Jameed) that is popularly used in Jordanian cuisine. This product is sold at a considerable price normally due to high demand. UNDP can connect livestock beneficiaries with selected micro-equity grantees within the context of youth employment who have proposed the production of such a product in their areas. This could be also a criterion for obtaining grants.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/10/21]

?UNDP has started a new project funded by the EU which supports small farmers and agro food processing to empower families in rural areas and to continue support the interventions of the food security project and ideas presented in the evaluation report. ?UNDP will link the beneficiaries of micro businesses from Youth Employment Project phase II with livestock beneficiaries in the same area

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