Third Party Monitoring of Food Security Interventions

Client: CHF

i-APS through its field offices in Middle East is independently verifying activities and processes and assess change in food security in the target population for the Bakery Rehabilitation and Agricultural Development (BReAD) program in Middle East. i-APS uses observation checklists and conducts KIIs and FGDs at bakeries and mills monthly. Every two months, i-APS conducts a food security assessment with survey of beneficiaries and KIIs with local authorities, relief committees and other stakeholders.

Technical Approach:

Third party monitoring process and report type 1: monitoring of bread-assisted bakeries and mills via bi-monthly TPM reporting on bread inputs and responses.

Variables Monitored:

  • Observations of advances and problems in bakery/mill rehabilitation processes.
  • Quantity of flour & yeast distribution.
  • Observations of bakeries on quality of flour received.
  • Bakery Satisfaction with flour deliveries.
  • Number of people employed by bakeries and mills and % change.
  • Quantity/regularity of bread production.
  • % change in mill and bakery capacity on previous data points
  • Observations of bakeries on quality of their bread produced and changes to this.
  • Observations of mills on quality of flour produced and changes to this
  • Responsiveness to community needs, compliance with bread distribution and to any feedback from Bread Committees
  • Effects of providing flour and yeast to all bakeries, in terms of increased bread production and improved quality
  • Effects of rehabilitation of bakeries on increased quality as well as on the reliability and quantities produced.
  • Overall Bakeries and Mills: satisfaction with the project.
  • Bakeries and mills challenges; and plans for adaptations and improvements.

Process/report type 2: Third Party Monitoring of bread-assisted communities and stakeholders via bi-monthly tpm reporting on project and socio-economic progress.

  • Evolution of the project; issues faced; coordination effected;
  • Main trends in tracking Output 2 program indicators and TPM sub-indicators
  • Key MOU responsibility compliance
  • Status and trends in prices and bread quality
  • Role/responses of Subdistrict Councils: level of participation of local authorities (LA) and engagement effectiveness
  • Effectiveness of improved bread distribution methods and any targeting of bread on the vulnerable
  • Changes observed in communities: main benefits received and responses
  • Challenges and trends in accessing bread
  • Observations on resilience; and usage made of saved income
  • Status and trends of resilience and coping (drawing on gender analysis)
  • Price monitoring of flour and bread prices from community informants, markets and LAs
  • Functionality and effectiveness of the feedback mechanism and beneficiaries’ familiarity with the process
  • Field coordination with other actors in the project area and the effectiveness of that coordination
  • Cases of good practice and human-interest stories
  • Summary of key findings from targeted community areas.
  • Prospects/issues in achieving impacts and sustainability