Agriculture and Food Security

Screenshot of EvalPro: Open Forum Question page

In its aim to end global hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) is striving to plan and commission independent, credible and useful evaluation evidence across the organization. With this in mind, WFP asked EnCompass to co-design and implement a comprehensive learning programme to build the capacity of all of its staff in evaluation principles and management. The Evaluation Learning Programme (EvalPro) targets all staff with the skills and knowledge they require to engage with or manage evaluations.

Two women harvesting wheat

EnCompass is supporting activities to integrate gender issues into design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of Mission activities. EnCompass provides regular gender reviews of evaluation plans and tools for Mission programs and implementing partner projects.

Support has included developing gender resources such as:

Children with plates for food

EnCompass collaborated with a Rome-based Food Agency to create a suite of just-in-time performance support tools (job aids, templates, checklists, and short videos) for staff at country offices. In addition to the tools, EnCompass also designed an on-line learning platform-- where the tools are housed-- and developed and delivered a series of virtual instructor-led sessions on topics targeted to enhance and strengthen the expertise and capacity of agency leaders stationed at critical country posts.

Image of texts on child labor

EnCompass provided organizational, logistics, facilitation, and reporting services on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor’s initiatives to eliminate the worst forms of child labor around the world. Over the course of several contracts, EnCompass has provided the following services:

PC Volunteer with children teaching agriculture practices

EnCompass supported the Peace Corp’s Food Security Program to revise a series of 18 training manuals on community agricultural practices that provide sustainable, adequate nutrition. PC Volunteers will use these manuals in the field as part of its engagement with the Feed the Future Initiative. EnCompass updated the technical content and presentation layout of the manuals to ensure ease and accuracy of use.

Image of soybeans

EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of a three-year, USDA-funded agricultural development program in Afghanistan called Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI). Working in Kabul, Takhar, and Balkh, the evaluation team gathered data through one-on-one meetings, focus groups, site visits to assess all aspects of this value chain project from monetization procedures to road construction to processing operations to micro-credit and consumer training.

UN Worker Carrying bulk grains

EnCompass supported this agency in an initiative to build the capacity of Program Officers during a transition from being a provider of food aid to a provider of food assistance. The simulations-based program focused on improving leaders’ ability to gather and apply strategic information in order to design quality programming; strengthening their knowledge of program design and implementation; and enhancing their ability to engage with partners to support more effective coordination of assistance.

Women Selling Produce

EnCompass was the evaluation partner for this initiative that promotes increased, high-quality reporting on agriculture, rural development, and gender equity in African newsrooms. Evaluation activities included facilitating evaluation capacity-building sessions and developing evaluation plans for the duration of the project. EnCompass also assessed the effectiveness of in-house training activities, coverage of agriculture and women in selected media organizations in Africa, and the overall coordination and management of the project.

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