Assessing Systems Change in Cambodian Agriculture: Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest II Final Evaluation
This document was prepared by Just Results for the Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity, with authorship of Alexandra Miehlbradt, Makararavy Ty, Lara Goldmark, Riguen Thorn, Sajda Karmacharya, Sokhannaro Hep, Tola Prom, Euvodie Pierre, Hamza Denguezli with contributions from USAID/Cambodia, Harvest III, and Anna Garloch and Mark Pigott of MSP.
USAID’s Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest II Activity Final Evaluation Report presents the findings and recommendations from the final evaluation of the Harvest II Activity, which was implemented from 2017-2022. The approach taken by Harvest II represented a shift in emphasis from previous USAID-funded activities that offered support to agricultural production, moving intentionally toward a demand-driven, market systems development approach. The evaluation team was asked to assess the extent and nature of system change that resulted from the activity, and how farms and firms benefited. The team also assessed whether and how the project contributed to resilience, climate change mitigation and environmental stewardship. In conducting the evaluation and preparing the report, the evaluation team considered four questions:
- What systemic changes has Harvest II made progress on and to what extent have the changes been sustained and scaled?
- How have the systemic changes benefitted market actors, specifically male and female farmers?
- How has Harvest II contributed to climate change objectives, aka helping farmers and actors improve resilience to climate change impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? How have the commodities selected contributed to this equation?
- What has Harvest II done to prevent negative impacts on the environment when providing grants to firms?
The evaluation report first describes the Harvest II program and context, summarizes the methodology used to assess the activity and its contribution to systems change, presents the evaluation team’s findings and then provides recommendations for Harvest III, USAID/Cambodia and other actors operating in Cambodia or similar contexts.