Final programme evaluation of STARS. Through a market system development approach, the project focuses on improving access to finance and markets for more than 200,000 smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Burkina Faso.
The evaluation study focused on two of the four countries in which the programme is active, Rwanda and Senegal, for the 2016-2020 period. Using an Outcome Harvesting (OH) design, the evaluation explored the full range of activities implemented by the programme in Rwanda and Senegal for the past four years, focusing on selected outcomes. The study confirms that STARS has largely achieved its goal of supporting smallholder farmers, at least in the two countries studied, and improving the value chains in cooperation with its partner institutions.