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Case Study: A Food Systems approach to Monitoring and Evaluation

Title: Case Study: A Food Systems approach to Monitoring and Evaluation

Author(s): Ellen Geerlings | Dutch Committee for Afghanistan - Livestock Programs, the Netherlands

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The food system is influenced by many external factors which are (to a great extent) outside of the control of DCA. Environmental challenges and drivers that have a direct impact on DCA’s work include droughts and land degradation. Socio-economic challenges and drivers that directly impact DCA’s work include conflict & political instability and increasing poverty rates. 

Based on the above it is recognised that measuring progress in food security and improving the sustainability of the food system is an extremely complex issue. It is commonly recognised that no single indicator exists that can accurately measure food security. Additionally, reliable information from the field is often hard to collect in Afghanistan and the availability of time and budget are limited.

DCA wishes to develop KPIs related to Food System Outcomes and associated methodologies that are realistic, relevant and cost-effective and measure improvements in Food Security (i.e. access, availability and utilization) and Socio-economic Outcomes at household and/or community level across all DCA projects (i.e. program-wide).

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Workshop set-up

In this workshop, we will brainstorm on whether we can develop food system outcome indicators that can measure progress in food system outcomes at DCA program level, and on what would be the appropriate methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method?), data sources and estimated time demands.