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Mid-term Review of the BENEFIT Partnership: Transforming Agricultural Production and Trade in Ethiopia

The  Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership (2016-2019) is expected to lead to increased food and nutrition security of rural households, more job employment, and greater local economic development in Ethiopia. The Partnership, coordinated by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), commissioned Aidenvironment to conduct a Mid-term Review (MTR) to generate insights and lessons from the 2016-2017 activities to be used for future strategy development.

The MTR looked at three main components: 1) the Theory of Change and results of the BENEFIT Partnership at the production, market, and institutional levels, 2) the governance and coordination of the BENEFIT Partnership, and 3) recommendations until the end of 2019 and for a potential next phase. To collect the data needed, we conducted a desk review, key-informant interviews with partner organizations and focus group discussions with beneficiaries in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and selected regions) and interviews in The Netherlands.

Based on the evaluation, we analyzed the extent  that the Partnership has contributed to the transformation of relevant sectors (e.g. sesame, seeds, cereals, pulses, and horticulture) and provided recommendations on how this contribution could be enhanced in the coming years.

If your program could benefit from a (mid-term or final) evaluation which has as objectives evidence-based learning and strategy development for follow-up programs, please contact Jan Joost Kessler or David Short.