Assessment of Stakeholders Management Practices and Challenges: The Case of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Ethiopia Projects

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Addis Ababa University


The objective of this research was to assess the challenges of stakeholder engagement and to find ways to strengthen it in the case of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) projects implemented in Ethiopia. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from FAO staff members who are working directly or indirectly on projects and also from selected stakeholders. Mixed analysis (i.e., quantitative techniques such as descriptive, frequency, percentage, graphic analyses and qualitative approach was used) and data analysis made using SPSS version 24. The findings showed that key stakeholders are not well involved at the planning stages and throughout the project life cycle. The lack of proper communication is also described as an issue for effective engagement of project stakeholders. The study also established challenges of stakeholders such as low commitment, lack of ownership, competing priorities, capacity gaps, poor project reporting, ineffective coordination, lack of knowledge in various issues and staff turnovers. It is recommended that all stakeholders work together to understand project goals and objectives, maintain collaboration, identify and engage relevant stakeholders from the planning to implementation stages. It is also important to provide capacity building services, and to improve the quality of monitoring and reporting activities to learn from lesson learned records. Finally, the study indicated future study areas that are not covered under this study: the challenges of stakeholders with resource partners, governmental ministerial offices, institutes, civil societies, private sectors and the bottom level end user beneficiaries at field levels.



Stakeholder Engagement, Stakeholder Identification, Stakeholder Challenges and Strengths, Food and Agriculture, Organization of the United Nations (FAO).