An inception workshop was held on March 10, 2016 at IFPRI for four studies funded under SIAC activity 3.3 (under-evaluated areas of CGIAR research): (1) alternate wetting and drying, Philippines; (2) agroforestry, Kenya; (3) brachiaria grass,...
The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) is looking for a Senior Agricultural Officer to provide leadership, technical and policy advice in support of shaping, planning, implementation, and monitoring of the CGIAR's ISPC workplan, with a focus on ex-post impact assessment of CGIAR research for development. Applications close July 6 2016. Please see vacancy announcementfor more information.
Edited by Tom Walker and Jeff Alwang, Crop Improvement, Adoption and Impact of Improved Varieties in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa (CABI) is the result of a major follow-up effort on the Evenson and Gollin baseline. Funded by the BMGF, DIIVA greatly advanced our knowledge of varietal adoption and diffusion in SSA. You can purchase the book from the CABI site or read the PDF on the IMPACT website here.
With the objective of broadening and deepening the evidence base on the impact of agricultural research on the goals of the CGIAR, SPIA funded three impact assessment case studies in 2011. These studies were completed between 2011 and 2013, and final reports (post external review) are now available: Raitzer et al. 2015 assesses the degree to which post-1989 modern varieties of rice have led to (among others) increased agricultural productivity, food security, and environmental benefits, and Antle et al. 2015 is a simulation-based approach to ex-ante impact assessment of WorldFish's integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) program. More details on both studies on the social impacts: poverty and hungerpage.
An oft-discussed issue when it comes to NRM practices (generated from CGIAR research) is what constitutes 'adoption'. While this is a result of the fact that practices are often a combination of recommended management techniques that farmers...
Significant publications of ex post impact assessments (epIAs), both commissioned by SPIA and CGIAR Centers and CRPs showcasing a range of methodological approaches and impacts.
ex post Impact Assessments (ex post IAs) of research activities of the CGIAR mapped geographically, with filters for System Level Outcomes (SLOs) and types of research activities. View the map
SIAC is a major new initiative from SPIA funded by DFID, the Gates Foundation, and ISPC with a budget of US$ 12 million over 2013-2016 for a range of activities. The key objectives of SIAC are:
- Methods: Develop, pilot and verify innovate methods for collection and assembly of diffusion data
- Outcomes: Institutionalize the collection of diffusion data needed to conduct critical CGIAR impact evaluations
- Impacts: Assess the full range of impacts from CGIAR research
- Building a community of practice: Support the development of communities of practice for ex post impact assessment within the CGIAR and between the CGIAR and the development community more broadly
There are three major components to this outcomes and impact study which is supported by a 3-year, US$3 million grant from the Gates Foundation.
- To describe investments in and uptake of crop genetic improvement in priority country-by-commodity combinations in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
- To verify and gain a deeper understanding about the adoption and diffusion of new varieties in a nationally representative setting of selected priority countries and food crops in SSA
- To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of crop improvement on poverty, nutrition and food security