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Improving Regional Food Security in the South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production: Project Final Evaluation Summary

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Introduction

The four-year, European Union-funded project Improving Regional Food Security in the South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production (IRFS or ‘the project’) had the overall objective of contributing to improved food security and nutrition (FSN) in the South Caucasus, focusing on increasing the representation of smallholder farmers in policy decision making processes. The specific objective of the project was to contribute to the design and implementation of effective FSN strategies in the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) through the active participation of smallholder farmers’ representative bodies. Three results were envisaged:

  1. Inclusive and gender-sensitive FSN strategies would be developed in the three countries.

  2. Enacted FSN legislation would support local food production and consumption.

  3. There would be increased representation of civil society through participation of alliances and working groups in FSN strategy and policy decision making processes.

The final evaluation of the project assessed the overall impact within the four-year timeframe by looking at: 1) relevance of the design; 2) efficiency of implementation; 3) effectiveness and achievement of outputs; and 4) sustainability of impact. This project has been a high priority for Oxfam Great Britain, hence much importance has been placed on sustainable impact and its contribution to learning beyond the project.