Agricultural projects under evaluation
The evaluation of agricultural projects that are implemented in six different countries during the last years has started this week with an evaluation of two projects in Romania. The coming months, also projects in Ukraine, Moldova, Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan will be evaluated.
The pictures are lying on the table. Each beneficiary chooses one, which represents the benefit of the project for them. One family shows the picture of a small plant covered by two caring hands and tells: ‘The card represents how fragile we were when the project started, but with proper care we were empowered to take-off as a family.' The family received pigs through the project which enabled them to raise an income. ‘We decided not to eat the pigs, but to breed with them. With the income that we raised with selling the pigs, we could improve our housing conditions and buy the things that we needed.' Now, the family has not only pigs, but also rabbits and a horse to work on the fields. During the evaluations, also the voices of other stakeholders, such as the staff of the partner organization, pastors, mayors, and other key people are heard.
Dorcas finds it important to critically assess its work and how that can be improved so that it will benefit the poor even better. Previous experiences and lessons learned from already implemented projects can inform current and new projects, in order to optimize their outcomes. The current multi-country evaluation will contribute to learning across countries about effective methods and approaches. In addition, the evaluation will show in which areas there is need and scope for improvement.