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Terminal Evaluation Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity into Agricultural Production Systems Ethiopia project
Commissioning Unit: Ethiopia
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 01/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ethiopia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1. Recommendations for the future programming/design process:  The design of a project should encompass all key aspects including research and monitoring of effects with clear indicators and analysis to substantiate findings and conclusions. 

Gender mainstreaming should be inserted from the design itself and not as an afterthought, with indicative issues well considered from the beginning, such as gender roles differentials, impact of project on daily workload of women, impact of project on time spent by women, increase in women’s income.

Furthermore, the design of a project should be more realistic and properly resourced.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed, for the future program designing encompass all key aspects including research and monitoring of effects with clear indicators and analysis to substantiate findings and conclusions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Raise awareness on police recommendations & marketing strategy.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
EBI,PCU, project site 2017/01 Completed Both documents (police recommendation & marketing strategy) are developed and under implementation.
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: In situ Conservation: The Project needs to propose and promote clear management arrangements for in situ conservation mechanisms (gene banks, field gene banks, etc.) in order to sustain and reinforce the initial benefits from the Project.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: filling the gap: The Project should ‘fill the gaps’ identified in its first stage, in particular gathering information, monitoring and researching vital issues such as productivity, green markets, organic production, as well socio – economic issues such as market value and benefits distribution.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed, productivity increment will be addressed by implementing the prepared Farmers’ Varieties extension package. However, addressing green market and organic production issue are time demanding as well as have controversial nature to address within short period of time. However for future project this point is well taken. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitate research works & implement the results obtained from the research.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
EIAR, EBI, PCU 2017/01 Completed The EIAR conducted the research and submitted the report as per the agreed term.
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: financial sustainability: The Project should work directly with beneficiaries regarding matters of financial sustainability, indicating that the project pilots and implements a first stage of processes but that external funding eventually ends and that they should take over this issue, mainly by re investing some of the benefits they have obtained through the intervention.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: Agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Pave the way for sustaining the project results/achievements.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
PCU, Project site 2017/01 Completed The project strongly worked on the sustainability issues
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: gender mainstreaming: A true gender mainstreaming process should be initiated, not only seeking participation of women in activities and making sure of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, taking into account the concerns, needs, and experiences of women as part of the Project and making sure that the intervention does not damage women’s access to resources, and that women and men benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitate mainstreaming of gender into all activities of the project.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
PCU, Project site 2017/01 Completed This actions is completed
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: extension package:  There is a strong need for the Project to push for the completion of overdue products that were supposed to be well underway by the intervention’s mid-term.  A case in point, and a main issue, are the extension packages, which not only will be an effort in meeting with expected outputs but also to secure sustainability and continuous backing for the use of farmers’ varieties for the target crops and for the incorporation of agro biodiversity components for farming in Ethiopia.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response:  agreed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitate the implementation of the FVs extension package.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
PCU, Project site 2017/01 Completed The extension package for four crops was validated by experts. Continuous trainings organized for concerned experts to facilitate the implementation of the package at grass root level.
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: police issue:  The Project needs to rejoin the conclusions and recommendations of the gaps identification and framework analysis and provide an impetus for the application of at least some of the recommendations for national – level policies in order to impulse the setting up of upgrading of frameworks that promote the mainstreaming of agro biodiversity conservation, including the use of farmers’ varieties, and for national structures to work with local authorities and farmers’ and community groups in this subject.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitate capacity building work for framers associations /cooperatives & local institutions.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
PCU, Project site 2017/01 Completed Capacity building addressed based on the assessment of the capacity gap.
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: knowledge management:  A knowledge management process and translation needs to take place so that the materials being developed or that will be developed in the second project phase are more ‘user friendly’

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed  and translation of the key project  products will be done in Amharic, Kembategna and Oromipha

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Scaling up the project results & best practices.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
PCU, Project site 2017/01 Completed Scaling up of the project achievements coordinated at all level.
9. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 9. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: capacity building: The Project should also strengthen the capacities and provide adequate local project management support so that the project sites can have adequate technical expertise, infrastructure, and guidance to properly implement the local aspects as well as to unquestionably and systematically monitor effects, impacts and processes.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: agreed . The project has got one focal person in each woreda and has been working through the existing government structure. Therefore additional capacity building effort will be made in addition to the past.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Facilitate training & workshop on agro-biodiversity conservation approaches.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
Project site 2017/01 Completed Awareness creation workshops and trainings organized to effectively mainstream Agro-biodiversity conservation.
10. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 10. Recommendations for the concluding stage of the Project: scaling up of the project results: The second phase of the Project should also be stage where its catalytic effect is harnessed in order to expand (to other crops), to other regions (within Ethiopia and at the regional African – level) as well as to upscale.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/30]

Management response: Agreed.

Key Actions:

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