Final Evaluation of GAP Organic Agriculture Cluster Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2018
Completion Date:
06/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
5,000

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Title Final Evaluation of GAP Organic Agriculture Cluster Project
Atlas Project Number: 00058649
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 06/2018
Planned End Date: 06/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 5,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 5,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Murat Cevik murcevik@gmail.com TURKEY
murat Cevik murcevik@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: GAP RDA (Southeast Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration)
Countries: TURKEY
Comments:

Organic Agriculture Cluster Development Project is financed by the Government of Turkey. Towards to end of project activities the Government Implementing Partner requested a full-fledged project final assesment that would help UNDP and GAP RDA to develop and finance follow-up projects upon completion.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Sub-Cluster Projects could be designed and implemented.

According the results of the final assessment and stakeholder’s views further projects should be designed and implemented in order to maintain sustainability of the project results. These projects could include but not limited to sub-cluster development projects.

2

An impact assessment should be conducted there years after the project is completed.

In order to measure the sustainable effects of the projects an impact assessment should be conducted.

3

The result of model pilot projects’ impact assessment should be completed and the success stories should be disseminated.

The purpose of the Project is to increase the competitiveness of the organic agriculture sector in the Region (especially in Sanliurfa) through activating the regional organic agriculture cluster and improving the local business environment by establishing an innovation and information center, establishing best practices (pilot and demonstrative actions), and building local capacities, and by promoting the region nationally and internationally.

The dissemination of the pilot projects conducted accordingly however in order to create more impact and increase awareness pilot project’ result should be published in different areas.

4
A comprehensive current situation plan should be prepared. 

Taking into account national and international plans a comprehensive current situation plan could be prepared considering the natural-environmental data of the region such as climate change, ecosystem services, natural resource status.

5
Implement capacity and cooperative building programmes. 
Implement programmes in particular towards the women producers to increase their awareness and capacity building activities on organic farming and natural resources usage and efficiency, ecosystem services, sustainable tourism, etc.
6
Implement similar projects for other organic products that are produced in the regions. 
Execution of similar processes for the products other than the eight products covered on the basis of the Value Chain Analysis with the cooperation of GAP BKI and GAP ORKÜDER
1. Recommendation:

Sub-Cluster Projects could be designed and implemented.

According the results of the final assessment and stakeholder’s views further projects should be designed and implemented in order to maintain sustainability of the project results. These projects could include but not limited to sub-cluster development projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/07/03]

Part of the exit strategy prepared by the project team sub-cluster development assessment was conducted. In order to develop new projects draft concept notes for the sub-cluster projects will be prepared and a meeting will be conducted with the implementing agency.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Sub-Cluster Assessment and info note prepared.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
UNDP and GAP RDA 2018/12 Completed
Project concept notes will be prepared.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
UNDP and GAP RDA 2018/12 Completed
Project structure will be discussed with the implementing agency.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
UNDP and GAP RDA 2018/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

An impact assessment should be conducted there years after the project is completed.

In order to measure the sustainable effects of the projects an impact assessment should be conducted.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/07/03]

The RDA is planning to conduct the assessment in the region in 2021.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
An impact assessment will be planed.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA 2021/12 Completed
3. Recommendation:

The result of model pilot projects’ impact assessment should be completed and the success stories should be disseminated.

The purpose of the Project is to increase the competitiveness of the organic agriculture sector in the Region (especially in Sanliurfa) through activating the regional organic agriculture cluster and improving the local business environment by establishing an innovation and information center, establishing best practices (pilot and demonstrative actions), and building local capacities, and by promoting the region nationally and internationally.

The dissemination of the pilot projects conducted accordingly however in order to create more impact and increase awareness pilot project’ result should be published in different areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/07/03]

Success Story Videos and Success Stories published simultaneously with activity implementation.  Web Portal was designed and all project related activates shared on the portal as well as on the GAP RDA’s and UNDP’s web sites, social media accounts. Furthermore the UNDP and RDA project team is planning to prepare more success stories and promote the project results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The materials containing Success Stories will be developed.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
UNDP and GAP RDA 2018/12 Completed
The project results will be shared with all related stakeholders.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
UNDP and GAP RDA 2018/12 Completed
The RDA and Association will continue to conduct awareness and promotional activities.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
UNDP and GAP RDA 2018/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:
A comprehensive current situation plan should be prepared. 

Taking into account national and international plans a comprehensive current situation plan could be prepared considering the natural-environmental data of the region such as climate change, ecosystem services, natural resource status.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/07/03]

The RDA is planning to prepare the suggested plan in the future.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The plan will be prepared.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA and other related institutions. 2019/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:
Implement capacity and cooperative building programmes. 
Implement programmes in particular towards the women producers to increase their awareness and capacity building activities on organic farming and natural resources usage and efficiency, ecosystem services, sustainable tourism, etc.
Management Response: [Added: 2018/07/03]

The RDA is planning to prepare the suggested plan in the future.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The plan will be prepared.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA and other related institutions. 2019/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:
Implement similar projects for other organic products that are produced in the regions. 
Execution of similar processes for the products other than the eight products covered on the basis of the Value Chain Analysis with the cooperation of GAP BKI and GAP ORKÜDER
Management Response: [Added: 2018/07/03]

The RDA is planning to prepare the suggested projects in coordination with related institutions in the future.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The projects will be prepared.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA and other related institutions. 2019/12 Completed
The projects will be implemented.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA and other related institutions. 2019/12 Completed
The projects will be monitored and evaluated.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA and other related institutions. 2019/12 Completed
The projects will be disseminated.
[Added: 2018/07/03] [Last Updated: 2018/12/07]
GAP RDA and other related institutions. 2019/12 Completed

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