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Why women farmers are left out of the programs. Lessons learned. Evaluation of Norway’s bilateral agricultural support to food security

Norway’s Bilateral Agricultural Support to Food Security 2005-2011 was reviewed in 2012-2013. This Lessons Learned document was prepared as a continuation of that review. Its purpose is to identify lessons learned regarding women’s rights and gender1 issues in the projects/programmes2 reviewed, in order to achieve more gender equality in Norwegian-funded agricultural programmes. The paper is intended for Norad, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Embassies, and implementing partners.
A total of 25 projects/programmes were reviewed under the global evaluation, twenty country-level projects and five regional/global programmes. Due to time constraints, the regional and global programmes were excluded from the current review. In most cases the regional and global programmes included a high number of sub-projects, and there was not always documentation available for the subprojects. The twenty country-level projects included a case study of Fredskorpset Norway (FK Norway). Agriculture and environment/sustainable development were, however, relatively minor in FK’s annual portfolio3, and that case study was therefore also excluded from this review4. A list of the 19 country-level programmes that were reviewed can be found in Annex 1.
The review was based on the case study reports prepared for each project as part of the global evaluation. As the gender dimension was only partly included in the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the global evaluation, some additional documentation, mainly project proposals, was also reviewed.