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Rapid Appraisal Process (RAP) and Benchmarking: Explanation and Tools









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    Research and Extension – TAP-AIS project webinar: Joint rapid appraisal on strengthening agricultural innovation systems in Africa, Asia and Latin America by regional research and extension organizations 2021
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    The webinar is organized in the framework of the TAP-AIS project (Developing capacities in agricultural innovation systems: scaling up the Tropical Agriculture Platform Framework) implemented by FAO’s Research and Extension Unit, and funded by the European Union as a component of the EU DeSIRA initiative. The project aims to strengthen agricultural innovation systems by promoting the capacity development framework of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a multi-stakeholder facilitation mechanism on capacity development for agricultural innovation systems. As part of the project, in 2020, Regional Agricultural Research and Extension Organizations (RREO) in Africa, Asia and Latin America jointly carried out rapid appraisals to scope the innovation environment and identify and document initiatives aimed at strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS). The focus of the joint rapid appraisals (JRA) was on functional capacity development with a view to exploring ways in which RREO can support the development of these capacities using TAP approaches and tools. The three regional studies were consolidated in the Synthesis report, which will be launched during this event. The main objectives of the webinar are to raise awareness and promote joint actions by RREO on strengthening capacity to innovate through integration of TAP Common Framework for capacity development. Specifically the webinar will:
    • present key findings from the Synthesis report on capacity development for innovation
    • raise awareness and advocate for joint actions by research and extension organizations
    • identify entry points for integration of Common Framework of capacity development within the programmes and projects of Regional Research and Extension Organizations.
    This webinar is open to the partners contributed to the report and other interested parties. The webinar will be in English with Spanish interpretation.
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    PC-FIAP VERSION 2.00 FOR EXCEL - USER MANUAL 1997
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    FIAP is a Forest Investment Appraisal Package. It calculates the economic performance of forestry plantations according to your selection of species, prices, costs and other factors. It is designed for the evaluation of a single coupe which by definition within the package must have a single felling year. This User Guide tells you what you need to know to run FIAP. This version of FIAP (PC-FIAP) is designed to run on a personal computer using standard spreadsheet software, in this case Excel v .5.Oc for Windows. Although it uses Excel as a base arid is similar in layout, the package is a template and cannot be saved over or modified by mistake. PC-FIAP is customised for forest managers, but it uses ordinary spreadsheet conventions. If you are not familiar with spreadsheets, it may be wise to read the introductory chapters of the User Guide for Excel v.5.Oc for Windows, although a few notes on spreadsheets are included in this FIAP User Guide. Wide flexibility is offered within FIAP. You can work with up to 20 productive crop components at once, with up to eight different price-size curves, and carry out What-If? analysis to find how results are affected by altering any of the costs, prices or conditions you have selected. You can include miscellaneous income and grants, and you can view results as graphs or tables. Because FIAP runs under Windows, you can run other Windows applications at the same time, and these may be able to interact with FIAP. For example, specialist data can be prepared in another spreadsheet or database for use in FIAP, or FIAP results can be linked to reports in other applications such as word-processors. To make use of such facilities, or to find out about computer basics such as files and directories or how to use a mouse, refer to the appropriate manuals or on-line help systems, including those for Excel v.5.Oc for Windows.
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    Irrigation performance benchmarking 2023
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    Irrigation benchmarking is a process of comparative analysis of irrigation performance that enables scheme managers to understand the performance of their irrigation services. To better understand the process of monitoring irrigation performance, this brief will use Cambodia as an illustrative example. Irrigated rice production in Cambodia has significant potential, yet performance of the sector lags behind surrounding countries, such as Viet Nam’s delta region. In addition, there are limited available and published data in Cambodia, making it difficult to analyse the current and changing state of irrigation in the country, the productivity levels, or irrigation’s contribution to poverty alleviation and economic growth. For these reasons, Cambodia was selected as a country to pilot the transfer of key learnings from the Australian experience of irrigation performance benchmarking, and to develop a benchmarking methodology as a first step to undertake ongoing performance assessment of irrigation schemes for strategic investments in increasing water productivity.

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