Evaluation of cluster of projects in the Philippines

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) recognized the need for post evaluation of completed projects to assess the impact, cost effectiveness, sustainability, and replicability of CFC-financed projects. Furthermore, it is needed to draw lessons from the past experience.

The Philippines was selected among the primary beneficiaries of CFC-financed projects for this impact evaluation. CFC commissioned the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to undertake the impact evaluation of the five CFC-funded from 04 October to 15 December 2006.

The evaluation concluded that five CFC-funded projects have been implemented effectively and provided for effective dissemination of the project results.

Analysis showed that the efforts done in dissemination of abaca project results were effective among the professional sector of the industry, but wanting, however, for the intended direct beneficiary. It would be more effective to disseminate research/technology information to the abaca farmers through a participatory approach.

The coir-based project did well in reaching out to the manufacturers of panel boards. The market and economic study conducted by the project proved as valuable reference material in guiding potential investors. Likewise, rehabilitated pilot plant at FPRDI was an effective tool in intensifying interest. The project was well documented and results were presented in industry fora.

The meat commodity diversification project used strategies effectively in reaching the intended beneficiaries through the FAO TCP regional training courses; various training courses on slaughtering techniques for pigs/cattle, meat cutting, meat retailing, meat processing and by-product utilization for leather; the conduct of lectures, lecture-demonstrations, guided plant tours, and technical assistance; linkage with meat companies in the use of APDC slaughtering facilities and meat processing  plant; and exhibitions in public areas for products presentation/display and tasting to create public awareness on meat products.

The sugarcane variety improvement project analysis indicated that since breeding is a long-term process, it would take at least five more years before the results will be disseminated to the intended beneficiaries.The cocowood utilization project showed that the stated beneficiaries were reached through various promotional activities such as distribution of information materials (print, audio-visual, radio, TV); technical assistance and technology transfer activities; regional experts meeting; and international conference on cocowood utilization.