Fairtrade has managed a £220,926 project in Swaziland, funded by the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, between 2016-2018 to build market and climate resilience for sugar farmers in Swaziland.
The aim of the project was to achieve the following outcomes for farmers negatively impacted by changes to EU legislation affecting their market and climate changes threatening their production:

  1. Farmers develop market resilience through crop diversification
  2. Farmers are able to farm sugarcane more effectively
  3. Farmers are more resilient to climate shocks and persistent climate change as a result of tailored training
  4. More resilient and effective co-operatives as a result of business skill and governance capacity-building

The purpose of the evaluation was to review how far the project has succeeded in achieving its goals, what the most significant changes have been, what lessons can be learned from the project, to what extent the project offered good value for money, and recommendations for embedding the outcomes in the community and ensuring the sustainability of the work.

Imani Development was contracted by Fairtrade Foundation to undertake a Final Evaluation of this project.

The evaluation was completed through provision of the following services and activities:

  1. Rapid review of all project documentation, and inception meeting with Fairtrade Foundation and eSwatini Project Manager;
  2. Development of an evaluation framework, informed by the OECD DAC criteria, covering:
    a. Relevance;
    b. Effectiveness;
    c. Efficiency;
    d. Sustainability;
    e. Lessons Learnt, and;
    f. Recommendations.
  3. Fieldwork in eSwatini, including primary interviews, focus group discussions, and observational engagement with producers and other project stakeholders.
  4. Preparation of an Evaluation Report, and an Executive Summary.