Evaluation of FAO interventions carried out under the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in Pakistan

1. Projects description

1.1 Overview
Due to its geophysical and geopolitical situation, Pakistan is prone to frequent natural and man-made disasters and crises that continuously engage the humanitarian and relief agencies. Along with other donors support, Pakistan is therefore one of the major recipients of the CERF. The following five CERF projects have been implemented by FAO since 2006 in the country (Table 1).

The present evaluation, undertaken as part of a broader evaluation of FAO CERF-funded projects worldwide, was designed to concentrate on the most recent projects implemented towards the end of 2008 – early 2009 that includes projects 802, 803 and 805. These projects were expected to be comparatively easier to evaluate as farmers were more likely to remember the intervention than for older projects. There were also travel limitations in place for the two projects addressing Cyclone Yemyin in Balochistan and Sindh (Projects 703 and 801), and evaluating these two projects could therefore have posed logistical difficulties as well as security risks.

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