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Theme 3: Win-win entry points for research and development

Source: Win-Win Entry Points to Achieve both Research and Development Impact IDRC Project:  Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka The Government of Sri Lanka is increasingly emphasizing aquaculture development as a means to foster rural development, alleviate poverty, and increase food security. A two-year IDRC-funded project identified challenges to the sustainable...
Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Agriculture_and_the_Environment/Agriculture_and_Food_Security/Pages/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectNumber=107570 In 2009, IDRC and the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) launched the five-year CA$62 million Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The fund was designed to finance...
Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Agriculture_and_the_Environment/Agriculture_and_Food_Security/Pages/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectNumber=107519 The Government of Sri Lanka is increasingly emphasizing aquaculture development as a means to foster rural development, alleviate poverty, and increase food security. A two-year IDRC-funded project identified challenges to the sustainable management of aquaculture...
Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Agriculture_and_the_Environment/Agriculture_and_Food_Security/Pages/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectNumber=107540 In the southern highlands of Ethiopia, researchers and farmer organizations have worked on adapted pulse crop varieties and management practices that improve productivity, nutrition, and income for smallholder farmers. How to get farmers to adopt these improved...
Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Agriculture_and_the_Environment/Agriculture_and_Food_Security/Pages/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectNumber=107569 Africa has the highest proportion of undernourished people in the world. Research has considerable potential to improve the food security situation by demonstrating how effective interventions can be undertaken. Investing in small-scale agriculture is one of the...
Source: cangoswaziland.wordpress.com/.../fanrpan-launches-theater-for-policy-advocacy-tpa-the-art-of-communicating-evidence-to-targeted-audience-and-policy-advocacy/ FANRPAN through the National Nodes in the over 16 Member States has launched a Policy Advocacy Mechanism called Theatre for Policy Advocacy as means to advocate for promoting Agricultural Initiatives that build Resilience to Climate...
FANRPAN has combined research and theatre to create a unique tool - Theatre for Policy Advocacy (TPA) - that encourages the participation and involvement of ordinary people and communities in evidence-based policy advocacy with their leaders, service providers, policymakers; and other relevant stakeholders - using research findings and recommendations from FANRPAN and other research institutions...

Theme 4: Taking research to scale and impact

Source: www.msiworldwide.com/.../Scaling-Up-Framework.pdf Service providers in both developed and developing countries alike find themselves under pressure to reduce costs, improve social outcomes and explain why it is difficult to accelerate the spread of best practices. The concept of scaling up has become increasingly popular as concerned donors note the relatively poor record of innovation...
Source: www.fao.org/.../Meinzendick,Adato,Haddad,Hazell.pdf The extent to which agricultural research has reduced poverty has become an increasing concern of policymakers, donors, and researchers. Until recently, poverty reduction was a secondary goal of agricultural research. The primary focus was on increasing food supplies and reducing food prices, a strategy that was successful in increasing...

Theme 1: New trends to make agricultural research work for the poor

Knowledge, policy and power in international development: a practical framework for improving policy By Harry Jones, Nicola Jones, Louise Shaxson and David Walker Source: www.odi.org/.../publications-opinion-files/8201.pdf/ This background note discusses a four-fold framework for analysing the interface between knowledge, policy and practice. There are se several ways of ensuring e.g. by...
A strategic Review of how Science can make a difference in Agricultural Development in Africa Source: www.fara-africa.org/.../draft_science_agenda_discussion_paper(english).... The major point of departure for this FARA Discussion Paper is the realization that a productive and efficient food and agricultural sector in Africa is essential for sustainable economic growth, food and nutritional...
By Adato Michelle and Ruth Meinzen-Dick Source: www.ifpri.org/.../assessing-impact-agricultural-research-poverty-using-su... As the goals of international agricultural research move beyond increasing food production to the broader aims of reducing poverty, both agricultural research and studies of its impact become more complex. Yet examining the magnitude and mechanisms through which different...
Source: http://www.idrc.ca/EN/THEMES/FOOD_AND_AGRICULTURE/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsID=630 07/04/2014 Nigeria's Osun State University has won the Southwest Nigeria Outstanding University of the Year Award for 2014. The university was recognized for its research project aimed at improving nutrition, incomes, and food security for Nigeria’s rural poor. Researchers are working with rural women...
Source: IDRC Forum - Opportunity calls: Booming innovation...11/06/2014, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, 900 René Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal, Quebec: RegisterThe International Economic Forum of the Americas (Conférence de Montréal): IDRC Forum on Wednesday, June 11, 2014: 10:30 a.m. to noonOpportunity calls: Booming innovation in AfricaWith weak economic outlooks in industrialized economies, the next...
Source: Making Science and Technology Work for the Poor - Future ... Ian Scoones’s premise is that while the Asian green revolution was iconic, the problems of African agriculture are not simple, and are not amenable to such single fix technological solutions. In the Asian Green Revolution, he argues, a simple set of technologies, supported by a strong, well- organised public sector, funded by...

Theme 2: New pathways to deliver cutting edge science for impact

By Hamidou Nantoumé and Jean Bonneville Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Women-turn-to-tree-forage-to-fatten-their-sheep.pdf(English) Raising sheep is an important economic activity in Mali, especially for women. But fodder shortages and high feed costs limit sheep production, especially during the dry season. Canadian and Malian researchers have found that the leaves of three locally available tree...
By Carol Henry, Sheleme Beyene, Atul Nayyar, Tewodros Tefera and Zenebe Woruk Source: www.idrc.ca/.../From-field-to-fingers-enriching-soils-and-seeds-to-improve-nutrition.pdf(English) Through enhanced soil health and improved crop varieties, farmers in southern Ethiopia have achieved a two-fold increase in chickpea productivity. Improved food processing and preparation methods, coupled with...
By Faustin Paul Lekule, Joyce Lyimo-Macha, Devotha Mosha-Kilave and Deogratias Dominic Shayo Source: www.idrc.ca/.../ResultsDetails.aspx?ResultID=209 Introducing dairy goats in semi-arid regions of Tanzania has led to farmers earning US$160 from milk sales during the first lactation, as well as an increase in household milk consumption. In these trials led by Canadian and Tanzanian researchers,...
By Ibro M Abdoulaye, Baco Mohamed Nasser, Badiori Ouatara, Sogodogo Diakalia, Mahaman Sabiou, Akponikpè PB Irenikatche, Derek Peak, Kimaro Anthony and Koala Saidou Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Fertilizer-micro-dosing-a-profitable-innovation-for-Sahelian-women.pdf(English) Localized application of small quantities of fertilizer (micro-dosing), combined with improved planting pits for rainwater...
By Leigh Brownhill, Zipporah Bukania, Kimberly Bothi, Erick Mungube, Lutta Muhammad and Esther Njuguna Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Resilient-poultry-management-for-women-in-Kenya.pdf(English) Research shows that indigenous chicken are a strategic component of building resilience in semi-arid Kenya. Kenyan and Canadian experts and a network of hundreds of farmer groups improved poultry management as...
By Adebooye Odunayo Clement, Olanike Fasilat Deji, Adeolu Babatunde Ayanwale, Oyedele Durodoluwa Joseph and Alao Titus Oluwagbenga Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Nigerian-women-reap-benefits-from-indigenous-vegetables.pdf(English) Demand for fresh indigenous vegetables in Nigeria has increased considerably thanks to a research team comprising Nigerian and Canadian researchers. Radio programs in the...
Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Agriculture_and_the_Environment/Canadian_International_Food_Security_Research_Fund/Pages/106930.aspx The challenge - Infectious diseases are the single largest cause of financial losses to the agricultural livestock sector worldwide and remain the leading cause of death in humans. High levels of ill health and mortality in livestock, due to infectious diseases, disrupt...
By David B Wallace, Arshad Mather, Thireshni Chetty, Safiyya Goga and Shawn Babiuk Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Five-diseases-one-vaccine-a-boost-for-emerging-livestock-farmers-in-South-Africa.pdf(English) Livestock are essential to the economic, nutritional and social wellbeing of African farmers. Besides providing food, clothing and other products, they are a measure of wealth and social standing;...
By Zenebe Woruk Woldeyes, Tewodros Tefera Ameda and Sheleme Beyene Jiru Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Bringing-benefits-of-chickpea-to-more-men-and-women-farmers-in-southern-Ethiopia.pdf(English) Pulses occupy about 12% of cropland in Ethiopia and are the second most important staple in the national diet after cereals. As a nutritious legume crop, chickpea has the potential to improve both soil health...
By Pascal Sanginga, Wendy Manchur and Kevin Tiessen Source: www.idrc.ca/.../Engage-enhance-and-empower-research-that-makes-a-difference-for-African-women-rgb-small.pdf(English) The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) specifically targets women smallholder farmers as agents of change. Over the last three years, research has directly benefited and engaged over 28,000...