Dr. Hadi Jaafar presents ‘SEEDS for Recovery’ at the CEDIL Complexity Interventions Workshop

Evaluating long-term impact of FAO agricultural interventions in Syria



September 13, 2021

The project emphasizes the role of remote sensing techniques in quantifying the changes in agricultural production in relation to conflicts, and highlights their importance in food security monitoring schemes necessary in food-insecure regions of the world. 

Dr. Hadi Jaafar presented at the CEDIL Complexity Interventions workshop on September 13, 2021. Along two other invited projects, the ‘SEEDS for Recovery’ project (2020-2023) is of paramount importance within the framework of impact evaluation projects.

The project evaluates post-conflict restoration of pumping systems for irrigation purposes executed by FAO to improve agricultural production and farmers’ livelihoods in Syria. 

Photos Credits: FAO

SEEDS for Recovery project evaluates the long-term impact of a complex agricultural intervention conducted by FAO in acutely conflict-affected Syria. The project is funded under the CEDIL– Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning initiative, and is a collaboration between ISDC, a non-profit academic institute based in Berlin, Germany, and the American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

Dr. Hadi Jaafar presented the complexity of FAO’s agricultural intervention under evaluation, the main challenges to the evaluation process, as well as described how the study is addressing these complexities at design and analysis stage.

The workshop invited the CEDIL-funded impact evaluation projects that are falling into the Programme of Work: ‘Evaluating complex interventions.’ At its core, the workshop stimulated the provision of feedback to teams on the design and analysis methods used, and facilitated cross-learning among engaged researchers. The workshop wrapped up with a plenary discussion on the lessons to guide future work and overcome challenges across studies.

Get to know more about the SEEDS for Recovery project here and check its story map.