ES1. This document reports on the mid-term operation evaluation commissioned by the Zambia World Food Programme (WFP) Country Office (CO) of the Zambia Country Programme (CP) 200891 (2016-2020). The purpose of the evaluation is to document the performance, relevance and sustainability of WFP interventions for the period 2016-17 in order to demonstrate achievements as well as needs to government, donors, beneficiaries and other stakeholders and to inform the strategic orientation of WFP, given the transition to a Country Strategic Plan (CSP) by 2019. Main users of the evaluation are the CO and those involved in the development of the Country Strategic Plan. Other users include the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), United Nations agencies, donors, international and national non-governmental organisations, private sector partners, other cooperating partners, and WFP’s Regional Bureau and Office of Evaluation.
ES2. The evaluation subject is CP 200891 (2016-2020). The evaluation assesses the CP’s three components: (i) Home Grown School Meals (HGSM); (ii) Nutrition (Technical Assistance (TA) and coordination of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network (SBN)); and (iii) Resilience building (TA to the national Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and the Zambia Rural Resilience ‘R4’ Initiative). The evaluation also assesses two complementary activities on market development for smallholder farmers: the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) and Virtual Farmers’ Market (VFM, aka ‘Maano’1 ). The total CO budget was US$6.5 million in 2016 and US$9.4 million in 2017, of which HGSM formed the largest component (US$3–3.8 million per year). The HGSM programme was implemented across 38 districts, reaching approximately 975,000 boys and girls each year.