ISG has been selected to perform a Qualitative Final Evaluation of the Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition, and Child Health (LAUNCH) Program for ACDI/VOCA. The program aimed to improve food security of vulnerable rural people in Bong and Nimba counties. Using a multi-sectoral approach to address both the underlying chronic causes as well as the acute symptoms of food security, LAUNCH aimed to reduce food insecurity in more than 90,000 households in Liberia through three objectives: 1) Increased availability of and access to food of vulnerable rural populations; 2) Reduced chronic malnutrition of vulnerable women and children; and 3) Increased access to education opportunities.
This final evaluation assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of the program management and consortium management structure with regard to the achievement of the program objectives, evaluated the results of cross-sectoral integration across the activities, objectives, and implementing partners, and identified program strategies and interventions that are demonstrating elements of sustainability. The evaluation also highlighted and documented salient lessons learned from program implementation to aid future programming of Title II and food security interventions in Liberia and in similar contexts.