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An Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Research in South Asia since the Green Revolution - CGIAR









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    Report of the Second External Program and Management Review (EPMR) of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) - CGIAR 2008
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    ILRI is a successful organization by most measures. It has overcome a difficult merger 12 years ago, and has risen to the challenge of a vastly expanded mandate without benefit of substantial additional resources. To make its task more difficult and its achievements more impressive, it is supposed to conduct research across all major domestic animal species in all regions of the poverty‐affected world. To accomplish any of this requires a form of intelligent focus that ILRI has been ab le to demonstrate. It should be a matter of pride to the CGIAR and beyond that a Center has delivered so much in an increasingly restricted and competitive funding environment, one in which funding increases tend to be modest. This review of ILRI’s programs and management takes place within the context of a sound institution. It is for that reason that many of the EPMR’s recommendations are presented in terms of strengthening current trends and practices, although sometimes with specif ic requirements for changes in modes of management and delivery.
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    This study was commissioned by the interim Science Council (iSC) to review training within the CGIAR as it contributes to capacity strengthening in the NARS. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the quality and relevance, efficiency and effectiveness terms of intermediate impacts in strengthening of the NARS and, to the extent possible, impacts in the CGIAR’s goals. The study was expected to provide recommendations to help Centers, Donors, the NARS and the System to strengthen and plan their future activities in relation to training and capacity strengthening. Several issues related to the scope and methodology of the study influenced its design. These issues are discussed in detail in the first Chapter, Introduction, and include i) defining training and in particular distinguishing it from learning that takes place informally in work-places and networks; ii) distinguishing training and learning effects from those of Center research and other outputs; iii) country and regional focus; iv) defining capacity strengthening; v) nature of CGIAR inputs and interventions – and distinguishing these from those of other actors; vi) how to judge ‘impact’; and vii) scope of data collection. Information for the study was obtained from: existing Center records and surveys carried out by the panel of Center researchers; those in Centers responsible for training, trainees and Center research partners.
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    Report of the First External Review of the Systemwide Program on Participatory Research and Gender Analysis (PRGA) - CGIAR 2008
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    The Program on Participatory Research and Gender Analysis (PRGA) was the fifth Systemwide Initiative (SWI) approved by TAC in the 1990s. The PRGA Program traces its origin to a six‐day international seminar and planning workshop in 1996 with stakeholders from more than 50 institutions (IARCS, NARS, and NGOs). CIAT was designated as the Convening Center and the proposal from the planning workshop was co‐sponsored by CIMMYT, ICARDA, and IRRI. The Program began to implement its work plan in April 1997. Throughout its existence, the PRGA has been guided by its programmatic goal “to improve the ability of the CGIAR system and other collaborating institutions to develop technology which alleviates poverty, improves food security, and protects the environment with greater equity” and its programmatic purpose “ to assess and develop methodologies and organizational innovations for gender sensitive participatory research, and operationalize their use in plant breeding, cro p and natural resource management.”

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