Impact Assessment

Local entrepreneurship, agribusiness cluster formation and the development of competitive value chains. Evaluation of the Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa Programme (2006-2009), Berenschot and Wageningen UR, 2010

    The Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa (SAADA) program aims to improve the livelihoods of 1 million farm households through the large-scale implementation of the Competitive Agricultural Systems and Enterprises (CASE) approach in West Africa. The program is executed by the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) in Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo.

    The SAADA program has three components:
    SAADA A (1000s+) Aims to strengthen agribusiness clusters and to contribute to increased productivity and income, sustainably managed farm acreage and agricultural production as well as improved service delivery to farmers. Agriterra is a co-funder of the SAADA A program, as well as technical partner.

    SAADA B Focuses on expansion of lessons learned from SAADA A, to other parts of Africa, in particular the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.

    SAADA C Aims at enabling IFDC and its partner organizations to support expansion of activities such as promoting the gender balance, addressing issues related to HIV/AIDS, contributing to soil fertility improvement and natural resources management, contributing to conflict mitigation and good governance.

    The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main donor of the program, has commissioned consultancy company Berenschot and the Agricultural University of Wageningen to conduct an evaluation over the period 2006-2009.

    The purpose of the evaluation of SAADA A was to establish the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, and sustainable impact of the innovative project approach and to learn from processes, results and collaborative modalities, with the aim to consolidate and improve implementation modalities. The purpose of the evaluation of SAADA B and C was to assess whether and how proven and innovative IFDC approaches have been (can be) extended to other parts of Africa and whether and how IFDC has incorporated (can incorporate) important cross-cutting issues in its activity programs. The primary focus of the evaluation has been on SAADA A.

    Methods for info gathering
    The evaluation took place in the period of 8 April to 30 September 2010. It was executed by a team of eight consultants: three from the Netherlands, two from Benin, and one from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali each. They were supported by an international research team. The evaluation is based on desk study, quantitative analysis, surveys (assessment of statements) amongst key stakeholders, interviews with key stakeholders, seven case studies, workshops at sub-national level, workshops at national level and consultation of the Regional Advisory Committee. In total, the evaluation team consulted 1142 persons, of which 937 unique persons:
    • 312 persons bilaterally or in small groups in interviews
    • 324 persons in case studies
    • 164 participants in national level workshops
    • 194 participants in sub-national level workshops
    • 148 people completed the national-level survey