The “Thailand – Low-Emission Rice” NAMA Support Project (NSP), or “Thai Rice” for short, supports a shift to low-emission rice production in Thailand by capacitating farmers to implement low-emission rice farming practices, supporting entrepreneurs in providing mitigation services to farmers, and promoting low-emission production at the policy level.
On this account, AMBERO and Oxford Policy Management undertook a mid-term evaluation and learning exercise (ELE) on the progress of the NSP, between June and September 2021.
Below are some of the key findings of the ELE:
The following lessons learnt, and recommendations were derived by the evaluators of the ELE for future NSPs in the rice production sector:
Following the main findings and recommendations of the ELE, the TSU has compiled a management response to address the key points that were raised.
The management response and the mid-term ELE report are available in the Knowledge & Learning Hub.
The NAMA Facility is supporting NAMA Support Projects (NSPs) that effect sector-wide shifts toward sustainable, irreversible, carbon-neutral pathways in developing countries and emerging economies. All NSPs with an overall duration of more than three years are subject to a mid-term and a final evaluation and learning exercise (ELE). These ELEs are part of the NAMA Facility’s working approach to catalyse transformational change through incremental monitoring processes that allow fearless learning.
The TSU has commissioned AMBERO and Oxford Policy Management to conduct the ELEs. The exercise is based on a theoretical framework that involves a document review, participatory workshops and stakeholder interviews to collect evidence about NSPs’ results and lessons. These elements are then analysed using a theory-based approach centred on the use of contribution analysis and reinforced by elements of process tracing. The ELEs seek to address the following questions:
– Has the NSP achieved its results?
– Has the NSP started to trigger transformational change?
– What was learnt from the NSP so far?