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FAO’s 2016 Post-Distribution Assessment Results - Meher season emergency seed response to the El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia

FAO-led results of the Post Distribution Assessment The primary objective of the PDA was to gauge emergency seed beneficiary households’ satisfaction levels in terms of appropriateness of targeting; quality, quantity, timeliness and seed of choice. The findings of the Post Distribution Assessment, together with other emergency seed response reviews and evaluations, will help to inform future emergency seed aid responses and decision-making. FAO's post seed distribution findings fed into the overall sector results, which can be found here. The Emergency Seed Distribution, conducted between April and August 2016, was one of a raft of interventions conducted by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and its partners to respond to the emergency. This seed distribution was the largest in Ethiopia’s history. From a total of about 32,000 tonnes distributed in total, FAO dispensed 4,000 tonnes to a total of 168,000 households, reaching approximately 850,000 people across the six most affected regions in the country. FAO’s support was focused on 85 woredas (districts) in the crop dependent regions of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP and Tigray, along with agro-pastoral areas of Afar and Somali Region. Upon completion of the emergency seed distribution, FAO conducted a Post Distribution Assessment (PDA) throughout the above-mentioned six targeted regions of Ethiopia. Comprising two objectives, it set out to: * Check the effectiveness of seed distribution to the intended vulnerable households affected by the drought (thereby reinforcing accountability), and * Assess the satisfaction level among beneficiaries in terms of targeting, timeliness, quality and quantity of seed provided.
Upon completion of the 2016 emergency meher seed distribution, FAO, Food for the Hungry International, International Medical Corps, and three consortia (CARE, Catholic Relief Services and GOAL) conducted a post-distribution assessment (PDA) from 15 August to 2 September 2016 in 69 woredas of 27 administrative zones throughout the six above-mentioned regions of Ethiopia – equal to about18 percent of woredas reached with emergency seed.
Key findings: 
About 97% of beneficiaries planted all the seed they received 80% of beneficiaries face no serious issues with crop performance 80% indicated they encountered no problems with other agricultural inputs 55% received an amount of seed below their requirements 90% of households received their choice of seed in time About 96% received good and/or excellent quality seed Over 96% of households were satisfied or very satisfied with emergency seed provision
Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
21 Sep 2016 to 31 Oct 2016
Report completed
Collection Method(s): 
Structured Interview
Key Informant Interview
Focus group discussion
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
United States Agency for International Development
Accountability to Affected Populations
Humanitarian Assistance