Agriculture / Books and chapters / Impact Assessment / PA / Research

40-year CGIAR history published: Lots of lessons for the ‘New CGIAR’

From CGIAR comes a new ‘look back’ at its evolution over 40 years. The book is titled The CGIAR at 40: Institutional Evolution of the World’s Premier Agricultural Research Network. It was written by Selçuk Özgediz, a Turkish national who was affiliated with CGIAR for 27 years, the last several years as management adviser to the CGIAR Secretariat … Continue reading

Agriculture / East Africa / Impact Assessment / PA / Report / Research

Millennium Villages Project: Success? Failure? Unknown?–The controversy continues

Young boys in Malawi on a break from class pose for the camera at The United Nations Millennium Villages Project (photo on Flickr by whl.travel). The Economist has started an interesting new blog, ‘Feast and famine: Demography and development’. On this blog, the magazine’s correspondents report on and analyse matters relating to demography and development, including food … Continue reading

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Outcomes and impacts of ILRI research 2005-2010

For the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Nancy Johnson prepared an issue brief on ILRI’s outcomes and impacts … From 2005-2010, the CGIAR compiled evidence on outcomes and impacts from center research as part of the annual Performance Measurement System. This brief provides background information on outcomes and impacts. I make a few … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / CRP11 / Drought / Drylands / Food security / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Kenya / PA / Pastoralism / PLE / Vulnerability

Drought responses–New briefing paper on lessons still to learn

‘Maasai herding’, painting by Kahare Miano (photo credit: ILRI/Dave Elsworth). A new 19-page briefing paper provides a synthesis of key lessons learnt from evaluations of relief and recovery responses to past slow-onset disasters—particularly drought, and food and livelihoods insecurity. The paper is intended for people working in relief and recovery operations for slow-onset disasters—those who … Continue reading

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HOW livestock researchers do science, and with WHOM, determines WHAT their science achieves

Agricultural economist and livestock and climate specialist Patti Kristjanson argues for innovation in livestock-research-for development; the image is ‘My mind-map from Thore & Andy’s “Research Impact” workshop at MSRC’ (image credit: dumbledad’s Flickr photostream). How livestock researchers engage with partners, and how they do and communicate their science, matter even more in developing countries than they do … Continue reading