Yaajeende Agricultural Development Project Mid-Term Performance Evaluation
This report evaluates Yaajeende, a five-year USAID Feed the Future project designed to reduce malnutrition in northeastern Senegal.
Implemented primarily by NCBA/CLUSA, it is testing the hypothesis that an integrated approach to agriculture, economic growth, and nutrition can lower the rate of undernutrition more rapidly than by focusing on agriculture or economic growth alone.
The evaluation found that Yaajeende has been highly successful in reaching its target groups and beneficiaries: the poor and the vulnerable, especially women. Its achievements are recognized by government officials at all levels as well as by the private sector, civil-society organizations, and beneficiary households. Its success is evidenced by communities’ acceptance of project activities.
It said that Yaajeende’s contributions to USAID’s economic growth goals for the country are considerable, and so is its relevance to the Senegalese government’s national strategy for economic and social development. The project has resulted in more diversified diets and consumption of higher-quality foods in project areas.
It noted, however, that while Yaajeende has paid special attention to project sustainability, it did not articulate it as a result and did not develop indicators to monitor and evaluate progress in a more rigorous way. It also faces financial constraints in meeting water and sanitation goals.