EIARD-FSTP: Good practices for integration of Agricultural Research for Development into the wider development agenda – workshops for decision makers
Context and objectives
During 2011, ICRA coordinated a project commisioned by the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD). This project aimed to promote the integration of ARD with innovation in smallholder agriculture and small-scale agribusiness, and the development of policies and institutional arrangements that support this integration.
Under the umbrella of EIARD-FSTP (the EC's Food Security Thematic Programme), a series of workshops were organised in three sub-regions (Latin America, Africa and Asia) to identify good practices for integration of ARD into the wider development agenda and to promote interactive learning. The workshops involved policy makers of agricultural and development-related major rural stakeholders.
ICRA prepared, implemented and took care of the follow-up on three workshops for decision makers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, to increase support to ARD at national and regional policy-making levels, by working together with a well-targeted group of high-level decision makers. Each workshop involved high-level decision makers from 4 to 5 different countries; each country was represented by 3 to 5 participants.
To identify successful cases of ARD promotion and integration, and to exemplify policy and policy advocacy strategies that nurture effective ARD, ICRA built on its extensive alumni network in these continents.
The project included a long preparation and learning process leading up to the workshops themselves. The objective was to identify sub-regional partners for whom the workshops could bring added value to an on-going ARD process. Contracts were signed with three organisations currently involved in ARD processes that could be used as a basis for reflection:
Selected case studies (and field visits) were:
Much time was invested in the “preparation phase” to fit the workshops into existing ARD processes, which proved essential in getting active involvement of policy makers, researchers, and training institutions at local, national and sub-regional levels.
The results of the workshops in the three sub-regions differed according to the context and actual awareness of ARD. Download the workshop reports in the right hand column.
Follow-upComparison of the three regions will allow ICRA to identify good practices for future partnership development.
Reports 2011 Regional Workshops & Case StudiesCentral America, CATIE
Workshop report (pdf, 1035K)
Case study (pdf, 893K)
West Africa, CORAF/WECARD
Workshop report (pdf, 300K)
Maize value chain (pdf, 39K)
Workshop report CACAARI (pdf, 1623K)
Poster Armenia (pdf, 263K)
Poster Georgia (pdf, 230K)
Poster Kazakhstan (pdf, 116K)
Poster Turkmenistan (pdf, 212K)
Good practices for integration of ARD for Development into the wider development agenda (pdf, 446K)