This report presents the results of a light interim evaluation of the first 1.5 years of the Africa-EU research and innovation (R&I) partnership (the Partnership) on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The evaluation responds to a request from the April 2016 meeting of senior officials of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) for a report on the progress made in the FNSSA R&I partnership to the November 2017 Africa-EU Summit.
The light evaluation is the first phase of a full monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to be implemented throughout the Partnership. While the full M&E framework will be impact-oriented, this light evaluation addresses the establishment of the Partnership and the contributions of the Partnership’s constituent entities.
All of the projects included in the study are, or will be, contributing directly or indirectly to the establishment of the Partnership, the coordination and support of its thematic and cross-cutting priorities, and to the technical implementation of those priorities.
Five regional / multilateral programmes are currently funding the Partnership’s implementation and each funding programme is well adapted to support the Partnership although there is scope for improvement.
This light evaluation sheds light on important elements for the full process and identifies potential risks and obstacles between theory and practice – in particular policy stakeholders and researchers - with regard to the further implementation of the partnership on FNSSA.