Mid-term Evaluation of the Conservation Agriculture Scaling-Up (CASU) Project
The mid-term evaluation of the CASU project was aimed at providing accountability on outputs and outcomes achieved to date, and also at providing learning for the second half of the project. In particular, this evaluation was to provide timely recommendations on changes to be made to the intervention logic and/or project implementation. The main audiences of the evaluation to which the findings and recommendations were presented were the FAO Project Management Team, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) of Zambia, the European Union, and other relevant stakeholders. FCG provided the Team Leader for the project evaluation.
The ‘Conservation Agriculture Scaling Up’ (CASU) project aimed to provide solutions to declining crop production among small- and medium-scale farmers. The overall objective of the project was to contribute to reduced hunger, improved food security, nutrition and income while promoting sustainable use of natural resources. The purpose of the project was to increase crop productivity and production for the targeted farmers of which at least 40% should be women. CASU was intended to scale up CA activities countrywide. CASU also sought to strengthen partnership and networking between the Zambian government and cooperating partners, NGOs as well as the private sector in order to fully bring all key players on board.
The project had 5 result areas, namely: Conservation Agriculture (CA) expanded and consolidated; Conservation Agriculture skills improved;Conservation Agriculture farmer input and output supply chains improved; Land management improved; Gender Issues mainstreamed.