Mid-term Review of the Plantwise programme
Published: June, 2014
This is the final report of the mid-term evaluation of the support provided by the EU to the project “Plantwise: integrated plant health systems in Africa”, implemented by CAB International (CABI). The study is based on a review of the documents supplied by Plantwise and observation and interviews conducted with stakeholders during field visits to six of the nine countries in which the EU-supported component of Plantwise is implemented: Ghana, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.
The specific objective of this evaluation is to identify key lessons and propose practical recommendations for follow-up actions at three levels: a) At country level, in the six selected countries, b) At continental level – using a comparative approach leading to a coherent framework for follow-up, and c) At the level of EC visibility strategy implementation
The Plantwise end of programme vision is a situation of a) national networks of plant clinics providing improved agricultural services to farmers, b) strengthened national plant health systems, c) a global knowledge bank providing up-to-date information on crop pests, and d) a continuation of in-country activities with only limited external funding and support by CABI.
The evaluation was conducted in line with the requirements of the last phase of the project cycle, using the evaluation criteria endorsed by the OECD-DAC (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact), and focused on generating lessons learnt (what works, what does not, and why) as a basis for the formulation of follow-up actions.
Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to pests. If we could reduce crop losses by just 1%, we could potentially feed millions more people. The lack of access to timely, appropriate and actionable extension advice makes it a fundamental challenge for farmers to get the right information at the right time to reduce crop losses.