Final Evaluation Report: FoodTrade East and Southern Africa

FTESA was a five-year (2013–2018) regional programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) UK (£35 million) that supported food staples market development and trade by tackling market failures. A Programme Management Unit (PMU) managed and supported programme implementation. FTESA funded interventions by awarding grants (22 in total) to the private sector via a challenge fund mechanism and to non-commercial organisations via a development fund. FTESA’s programme operations and grant coverage focused largely on five countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

During 2018, the FTESA Evaluation Management Unit (EMU) undertook an independent final evaluation of the programme. The final evaluation was summative and theory-based. The objectives of the evaluation were: (i) to generate information on performance and provide for accountability for funds spent by assessing whether the programme brought about the changes expected; and (ii) to provide lessons and recommendations for similar programmes by exploring how and why some interventions were successful and others not.

The evaluation applied a modular design with five components (e.g. case synthesis, portfolio review) as depicted above. Together these components examined:

  • Different levels of the FTESA programme, exploring individual grants, inter-connected and complementary grants, the overall grant portfolio and the overall programme.
  • Different levels in the market system, exploring the role of different market actors and their interactions with FTESA-funded interventions.

Read the report annexes here. 

This final evaluation report is accompanied by two learning briefs: