CRP commissioned external evaluation (CCEE): Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

An independent CRP commissioned evaluation of A4NH was completed in September 2015. The evaluation was one of the five CRP commissioned evaluations requested by the CGIAR Fund Council, to assist and inform he planning and approval process for Phase II of the CRPs.  To assist CRPs in this effort, IEA is providing quality assurance advice and support, as well as quality validation and review of processes and outputs.  More information can be found here: 

The A4NH evaluation assessed the design and implementation of the CRP and made recommendations to enhance the contribution that A4NH is likely to make towards achieving the CGIAR’s ‘System Level Outcomes’ (SLOs) and in particular the SLO on improving nutrition and health.

The evaluation answered four main evaluation questions:

  1. Is A4NH on course to achieve its outputs, outcomes and impacts? Why or why not?
  2. Within the CGIAR, has A4NH added value in comparison to pre-reform ways of doing business?  Any disadvantages?
  3. Does A4NH have the right resources, systems and approaches to partnerships?
  4. Is the scope and focus of A4NH relevant and appropriate?

More information on the evaluation is available on the A4NH website: 

The Team

Julia Compton

Evaluation Team Leader

Julia Compton’s background is in agricultural research and rural development, predominantly in Africa.. She worked for ten years in the UK Department for International Development (DFID), first as a rural livelihoods adviser, and eventually as deputy head of evaluation. Since leaving DFID in 2010 she has worked as an independent consultant specialising in evaluation, agriculture and food security and rural development. Julia recently led the evaluation of the CGIAR Research Programme on Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Diana McLean

Evaluation Team Member

Diana has worked in agriculture and food security programming in developing countries since 1980. As Regional Agronomist for West and Central Africa with USAID, and as a research officer with the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), she has designed, monitored and evaluated diverse programs, projects and institutions in agricultural research, research management, extension, irrigation, post-harvest technologies, commodity chains, resettlement and food aid. She has facilitated training in project development, research management and results-based management in Africa and Asia. Recent assignments include team leader of the MOPAN performance assessment of FAO (2014), IEE food security expert for the UN High Level Task Force on Global Food Security Coordination Team (2013), Technical Advisory Committee Member of GAFSP (ongoing), convener of the Canada-CGIAR Linkage Fund; monitor and food security advisor (18 years) of the Ghana Grains Development Project (NARS/CIMMYT/IITA) and the CIDA Ghana Food Security Program. She served six years on the Board of the West Africa Rice Development Association (now Africa Rice Center).

Ben Emmens

Evaluation Team Member

Ben is a senior consultant with more than 20 years management and leadership experience. He has particular expertise in human resources management and organization development in the non-profit sector where he has consulted, taught and written on organizational strategy, governance, leadership development, collaboration and partnerships, capacity assessment and development, and a wide range of people management issues. He has worked in more than 35 countries around the world, for well known non profits including UNICEF, UNHCR, the Red Cross, Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children, World Vision, IWMI and World Fish. Ben is currently a Director of the Conscious Project; prior to 2012 he was a Director at People In Aid, a global network of more than 200 INGOs, and prior to 2003 he worked at Save the Children and in the private and public sectors. Ben has a masters (MA) in Personnel & Development (University of Westminster, UK), and a bachelors (BA Hons) in French with Spanish (University of London, Goldsmiths’ College). He is a certified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2013. He is a partnership broker and a member of the Partnership Brokers Association.

Mysbah Balagamwala

Evaluation Team Member

Mysbah Balagamwala is a Research Analyst for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to joining IFPRI she was a Research Associate at the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi, Pakistan where she worked on evaluations and impact assessments of election programs, school feeding initiatives and social protection programs. She has contributed to research for the ‘Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia’ (LANSA) research consortium and the IDS-Oxfam led ‘Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility’ project. Mysbah has a Masters in Economics from the University of Warwick.