Toolkit for monitoring and evaluation of agricultural water management projects

Toolkit for monitoring and evaluation of agricultural water management projects

How to monitor and evaluate agricultural water management projects

Pressures on agricultural water are intensifying, with the need to meet ever-rising food demands while at the same time increasing farmer incomes, reducing poverty, and protecting the environment, all from an increasingly constrained water resource base. The performance of agricultural water management (AWM) projects has improved in many aspects over the years, but evaluations continue to report major weaknesses in theirMonitoring and evaluation (M&E)systems whilst the challenging context would require a much better understanding of what works and does not work.

This toolkit responds to these challenges, providing guidance for effective monitoring and evaluation in agricultural water projects. It is targeted towards World Bank professionals and their partners who are responsible for designing, implementing, and using a results-based M&E system in AWM projects, however can be used by others involved in agricultural water management.

Comprised of a set of guiding principles and helpful resources,It consists of three main parts:

  • an introduction and overview for project M&E
  • tools and techniques that provide specific guidance and examples for agricultural water management
  • Reference Notes designed to assist users in the design and implementation of agricultural water management project M&E systems, including, for example, templates for drawing up terms of reference for consultants, or for baseline survey design.
The toolkit focuses on the specifics of World Bank AWM projects, however many of the principles and techniques covered are generic and widely applicable.
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