These Terms of Reference (ToR) are for the final project evaluation of the “Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Marginalized Agricultural Communities Living in the Mahaweli River Basin of Sri Lanka” (CCA) project. The operational evaluation is commissioned by World Food Programme (WFP) Sri Lanka and will cover the project implementation period from November 2013 to September 2020.
The USD 7.9 million CCA development intervention is aimed at securing community livelihoods and food security against climate change-induced rainfall variability and executed through the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE)1 and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The activities were designed to address specific vulnerabilities faced by 14,039 rain-dependent farming families in three hazard-prone Divisional Secretary Divisions (DSDs) of Sri Lanka, namely Walapane of Nuwara Elyia district, and Medirigiriya and Lankapura of Polonaruwa district. These included strategies to mitigate broad-base risks and overcome dry season food and income insecurity. The project aimed at achieving this through the introduction of diversified income sources; improved water storage and irrigation techniques to cope with uncertainty of rainfall; improved soil quality and fertility for increased production; and timely provision of quality agriculture advice and extension.
These ToR were prepared by WFP Sri Lanka based on an initial document review and consultation with stakeholders. The purpose of the ToR is threefold. Firstly, it provides key information to the Evaluation Team and helps guide them throughout the evaluation process; and secondly, it provides key information to stakeholders about the proposed evaluation. Lastly, it ensures that the scope of the evaluation is in line with the Adaptation Funds’ (AF) Guidelines for Final Evaluations