Final Evaluation of the Project: Improvement of Post Harvest and Storage in Shabelle

With the fall of the Somali government, the Middle Shabelle region, previously the bread basket of the country, suffered a collapse of its irrigation infrastructure, marketing services and agricultural extension leaving the population with no stable source of livelihood.

The EC-funded Action, Strengthening Livelihoods and Food Security through Reduction of Grain Post-harvest and Storage Losses in Southern Somalia, aimed to reduce food insecurity and strengthen livelihoods at household level through improving grain storage technologies. This was in line with the objectives of the EC’s wider strategy for aid in Somalia (SISAS) which aimed to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in order to promote a more peaceful, equitable and democratic society through, amongst others, providing access to productive resources and services. The Action ran from October 2009 to December 2011, targeting 16,700 direct and 25,000 indirect beneficiaries but ultimately reaching 6,195 direct beneficiaries, who were provided with 3,000 silos and 3,195 dam liners.

Specifically, the objectives of the evaluation of IPHASIS were to ascertain the Action’s results in reference to the proposal and log frame, and to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the Action. The evaluation aimed to produce findings, conclusions and recommendations in order to draw lessons for future design and implementation.

LTS was involved in:

  • Reviewing relevant project documentation, products and internal management practices
  • Conducting interviews with key project personnel and collaborators, as well as with key stakeholders and beneficiaries using participatory methods.
  • Assessment of the project’s achievements utilising participatory methods as much as possible, based on the project proposal, logframe and interim reports
  • Examination of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project, as well as of the cross cutting issues of gender and the environment
  • Performance of SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
  • Identification of Lessons Learned

Evaluation of the Improved Food Security for the Rural Poor in Middle Shabelle Project

Somalia has been under food aid for over 20 years due to the ongoing war and lack of investments in the agriculture sector which include infrastructure, input supply and lack of markets amongst others. The Improved Food Security for the Rural Poor in Middle Shabelle Project (IFSRP) aimed to contribute towards strengthening livelihoods at household level in Middle Shabelle, Central Somalia region through reduced food insecurity and broad based development of agriculture. Specifically the project was rehabilitating and developing crop production systems including irrigation schemes and rural infrastructure, promotion of agricultural services and marketing and enhancing the capacities of community-based organisations, the public and private sector and other service providers. The aim of the LTS evaluation was to assess the project’s achievements and way forward for a possible intervention with reference to the project proposal and logframe and to determine the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. In addition special consideration was to be given to the arrangements that the European Committee for Education and Agriculture (CEFA) had put in place to monitor the project from Nairobi as opposed to being in Somalia.

Climate Change Vulnerability in Transboundary Basins and Aquifers: Assessment

LTS was commissioned by UNEP, to inform a high level report identifying the transboundary basins and aquifers in Africa that are most at risk as a result of climate change. The report identified the key vulnerabilities and priorities for action in these basins and aquifers providing UNEP with the necessary information to engage with AMCOW on adaptation within transboundary systems. This assessment drew on state-of-the-art climate science and modelled scenarios and considered these against demographic and economic development data and trends; water resource, biodiversity and infrastructure risks, and indicators of institutional cooperation and capability.