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

ILRI / Impact Assessment / Livestock / MarketOpps / PovertyGender / Report / Research

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

Africa / Asia / Books and chapters / Caribbean / Crop-Livestock / CRP2 / CRP7 / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / Knowledge and Information / Latin America / Livestock Systems / PA / PLE / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / Staff

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

Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Impact Assessment / Latin America / PA / Research / USA

Signs of an American shift from development aid to development investment

Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010, a side event at the COP16 climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico (photo credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT). Huffpost Business this week investigates ‘an intriguing dynamic developing in our nation’s capital among the three major influences that could end up changing the future of American aid to developing countries. ‘One is … Continue reading

Agri-Health / Agriculture / CRP4 / Health (human) / Impact Assessment

Measuring the effects of integrated agriculture-health interventions

A recent workshop by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Agriculture and Health Research Platform brought together health, nutrition and agriculture specialists to explore the development of common tools and methods to evaluate integrated agri-health interventions. More on the workshop Download the … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / Drought / East Africa / Environment / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Kenya / Livelihoods / Research

Impacts of the Arid Lands Resource Management Project on livelihoods and vulnerability in Kenya

This Research report by Nancy Johnson and Ayago Wambile on The impacts of the Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMPII) on livelihoods and vulnerability in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya was released on 04 April, 2011. There is an urgent need for new approaches and effective models for managing risk and promoting sustainable … Continue reading