RE: The issues facing global agriculture | Eval Forward


As a practitioner of evaluation, the aspects mentioned by Ms. Isha are essential for an objective evaluation.

How can we talk about food security if we do not associate the benefits of technology and the development of machinery and tools that are essential to the farmer?

The quantities produced, the speed of processing and the harvest are closely related to this aspect. Of course, the question of their accessibility to farmers in poor countries remains unresolved.

On the second point, the land ownership of the farmer, I think it is crucial. Human beings invest more and better when they own.

In other words, the formulas of concessions, agricultural villages, collective farms quickly showed their limits despite the existence of cases of success.

Then the last question about access to credit and financing, deserves to be studied seriously because it is important to situate funding assistance schemes, between a policy of encouragement that should lead to the autonomy of the farmer and a policy of assistance which gives rise to an assisted farmer, moving away from any initiative.

The issue of prices remains closely linked to the regulatory policy of the country to which the farmer belongs.

In other words, evaluating an agricultural policy amounts to evaluating:

      -its strategic and quantified objectives

      -the regulatory instruments

      -the allocated funding (direct and indirect such as subsidized credits, aid .....)

      -the results obtained quantitatively and qualitatively

Of course all this will be used to locate the strengths and weaknesses of agriculture with a view to making the appropriate recommendations.

NB An objective evaluation is an evaluation that takes into account all facets of the problem