CRP evaluation of Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) aims to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures. The program is implemented in strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth, which is the umbrella organisation established to lead global science initiatives on planetary change, including climate modelling, land cover change, earth system governance and greenhouse gas emissions.

The CCAFS goal is to promote a food‐secure world through the provision of science‐based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources and environmental services. In its theory of change emphasis is put on strategic partnerships, capacity building, communication, open access data, real time monitoring and evaluation and a strong focus on gender.

The primary purpose of this evaluation is to enhance the contribution that CCAFS is likely to make towards reaching the CGIAR goals and towards reducing poverty and improving food security for people whose livelihoods depend on aquatic agricultural systems.

As for all CRP evaluations, the purpose of the evaluation is to provide essential evaluative information for decision-making by Program management and its funders on issues such as extension, expansion and structuring of the program and adjustments in some aspects of the program.

The Evaluation Team leader is Simon Anderson supported by a team of specialists.

IEA Evaluation Manager for CCAFS is Sirkka Immonen supported by Sophie Zimm.

The Team

Simon Anderson

Evaluation Team Leader

Simon Anderson is the Head of the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development. He has worked in international development for some 30 years, mainly on natural resources management and environmental change. His current research focus on climate change adaptation effectiveness and his expertise covers agro-economic systems and agricultural science as well as policy analysis, programme management and monitoring and evaluation. In 2009 he led Joint External Evaluation on the Operation of the Least Developing Countries Fund (LDCF) for adaptation to climate change. Simon previously worked for DFID as Research Manager and Evaluation Advisor and was also a Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College. Simon has a PhD Agricultural Science from the University of London.

Fawad Khan

Evaluation Team Member

Fawad Khan is CEO and founder of Institute for Social and Environmental transition in Pakistan, a non-profit research institute. He focuses on the evaluation of adaptation effectiveness, economics of adaptation strategies, community based local adaptation planning, and exploring factors contributing to resilience. His areas of expertise are the economics of climate change in South and South East Asia, community based adaptation, and monitoring and evaluation. Fawad previously worked as an Institutional Development Specialist for the World Bank in South Asia, a Senior Coordinator on Monitoring and Evaluation for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and has over 20 years’ experience as a development consultant. He holds an MSc from the Faculty of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in UK, a BSc from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Middlebury College in USA.

Carmenza Robledo

Evaluation Team Member

Carmenza Robledo has almost 20 years experience on climate change and sustainable management of natural resources in developing countries. In her work she combines scientific research, policy advice and project implementation. She has project experience in Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as experience advising international organizations including ITTO, FAO, World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, CIFOR, GEF, UNFCCC Secretariat or IUCN. She participated in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Lead Author in the Working Group III – mitigation – and as a reviewer in the Working Group II – Vulnerability and adaptation. During the period 2013-14 she was member of the FTA evaluation team, where she was responsible for climate change as well as for gender issues. Carmenza has a a PhD in geography from the University of Stuttgart.

Christian Roth

Evaluation Team Member

Christian Roth over 30 years of research experience in tropical land and water management. He is currently working with CSIRO’s Land and Water Flagship based in Brisbane, Australia. Over the last twelve years, his main focus has been designing, commissioning and conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research for development programs and projects in Australia, South and South-East Asia in water resource management, climate change adaptation, smallholder farming systems and conservation agriculture. He has also led or participated in a range of research project and program evaluations in Australia and Asia. His main research interests reside in integration of social sciences and biophysical research to influence the research for development agenda in South and South-East Asia, specifically in the domains of climate adaptation and agricultural development. He has published his research extensively in about 180 publications and research reports. Christian has a PhD in soil hydrology from the University of Göttingen.