With the five year P4P pilot treatment period coming to a close in December 2013, an independent evaluation will be conducted next year. The terms of reference for the evaluation were recently finalised after close consultation with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
P4P has gathered significant knowledge and research about what works most effectively when linking smallholder farmers to formal markets; and how WFP’s procurement footprint can be a catalyst for development. The final evaluation is a vital step in the pilot project, as it will further determine the ways in which lessons from the 20 pilot countries can inform future engagement of WFP in the area of pro-smallholder market development.
“The terms of reference of the ‘Purchase for Progress’ pilot initiative aim to inform stakeholders about the evaluation, clarify expectations and requirements and guide the evaluation team in its work during the various phases of the evaluation. The terms of reference notably presents the scope, objectives, key issues, stakeholders and users of the evaluation. It also describes the evaluation approach, team composition and organisation.”
WFP Office of Evaluation
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The evaluation will assess the quality and results of the P4P project using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability.
The consulting firm Oxford Policy Management has been selected to undertake the strategic final evaluation of the initiative. The evaluation team will commence its work early January and continue over the course of 2014.
While the five year P4P treatment period will conclude this year, efforts to support smallholders will continue throughout and beyond 2014, as WFP mainstreams key innovations and best practices. Governments, partners and country offices are already moving forward, adopting and adapting what has been tested.