Webinar: Transforming Monitoring & Evaluation to support food systems transformation
How can M&E transform to support (food) systems transformation?
Are you interested in cutting edge Monitoring & Evaluation developments? Are you an M&E expert, or is M&E an important part of your work as a practitioner? Are you involved in (food) systems transformation in the Global South? Then this free webinar, part of the international ‘M&E on the cutting edge’ conferences series may be of interest to you. The webinar takes place on Monday May 16.
The conference is organised in the context of the course ‘Evaluating and managing for sustainable development impact’ and open to the public.
This is the 12th edition of the ‘Monitoring & Evaluation on the cutting edge’ conference. Previous editions of this conferences focused on various M&E related topics, an overview is available here.
Growing need for food systems transformation
The global report on food crises (2021) reported the growing severity and magnitude of (food) crises with at least 155 million acutely food-insecure people in need of urgent assistance. The compounding impacts of persistent conflict/insecurity, economic shocks, including those associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and weather extremes call for systemic approaches.
The United Nations Food systems Summit (UNFSS) held in 2021 indicated the need for sustainable food systems, and has accelerated the need for food systems transformation:
“If the world population reaches 9 billion by 2050, as predicted, the demand for food would increase by 60%. The situation isn’t any better today - the pandemic, poverty and food insecurity have left about a tenth of the global population undernourished in 2020. Nearly 150 million children under the age of 5 were estimated to be stunted.”
Food systems transformation and M&E
Urgent changes are needed to make our food systems more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.
How can M&E transform so that it can truly support food system transformation?
Food systems are complex systems that are related to other systems like the climate, water, health, political and cultural systems. They call for engagement of stakeholders at multiple levels in multiple sectors. Therefore, food systems transformation calls for a different way of doing monitoring and evaluation. It involves moving beyond projects and programs, recognizing complexity and applying systems thinking. It involves making sense of trends and developments, developing scenarios and having foresight. And it involves understanding and monitoring transformational change (e.g. disruption of feedback loops, tipping points, etc). And ensuring that this feeds into (evidence-based) decision making at different levels. This requires different capacities, approaches and principles. Therefor our core question at the webinar is:
How can M&E transform so that it can truly support (food) system transformation?
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Program overview webinar
|13.30||Launch of the webinar|
|13.40||Short introduction Michael Quinn Patton – setting the scene on systems transformation|
|13.45||Keynote Jim Woodhill - How can foresight and scenario analysis support (global) food system transformation?|
|14.05||Keynote Michael Quinn Patton – How can M&E professionals best support food system transformation? What does this involve in terms of M&E practices, processes and the M&E profession?|
|14.45||Panel discussion – with MQ Patton, Jim Woodhill, Mine Pabari, Sylvester Dickson Baguma, Natalie Kapinga and Harunur Rashid|
|15.30||Round off and closing|
Biodata keynote speakers and panellists
Michael Quinn Patton
Utilization-focused evaluation, 5th ed (2021), Qualitative Research &
Evaluation Methods, 4th ed (2015), Blue Marble Evaluation (2020),
Principles-Focused Evaluation (2018), Facilitating Evaluation (2018) and
Developmental Evaluation (2011).
Sylvester Dickson Baguma
Webinar organisers & moderators from Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Cecile is senior advisor Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at WUR and lead author for 2 books: ‘Managing for Sustainable Development Impact’ and 'Making evaluations matter: a practical guide for evaluators'
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