Agrinatura Strategic Thinking Workshop

September 12th, 2012. Paris. The main objective of the workshop was to provide the elements for a new three years Work Plan (2013-2015) for the Agrinatura Alliance.

The expected results were:

  • a shared vision of the main results achieved by Agrinatura during its first two years of existence, and the main lessons learned;
  • a shared update of the international and European Agricultural Research for Development context in which Agrinatura operates;
  • an assessment of the relevance of the Agrinatura strategy as articulated in the following documents:
Related:

Capacity development for agricultural research for development_policy brief
This paper discusses issues related to support for capacity strengthening for agricultural research for development (ARD) by member countries of the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development.

Capacity development for agricultural research for development_study
This paper reviews the current policies and programmes of EIARD members in relation to capacity development and makes recommendations on future directions. The main issues and recommendations will be incorporated into a policy brief in which specific policy options or guidelines will be presented.

From IAASTD and the WDR 2008 to the GCARD process: rethinking the role of Agricultural research for development_POLICY BRIEF
The objective of this policy brief is to explore the implications of the 2008 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) for the policies and investments in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) of the European Commission and the European countries members of EIARD.

Impact assessment policies and practices of EIARD members_study
The overall aim of this study was to ‘review and compare the policies and practices of different EIARD members in impact assessment to increase relevance, uptake and coordination of efforts by and for EIARD members, stakeholders and policy-makers’. The report discusses current methodological advances and debates in impact assessment and the current practices of EIARD members, using information provided by their national contact points, data base and literature searches and selected case studies, in order to develop practical recommendations for improvement and greater coordination and alignment.

Impact Assessment Policies and Practices of EIARD members_policy brief
The overall aim of this study is to ‘review and compare the policies and practices of different EIARD members in impact assessment to increase relevance, uptake and coordination of efforts by and for EIARD members, stakeholders and policy-makers’. This policy brief is based on a study which explored current methodological advances and debates in impact assessment and analysed the current impact assessment practices of EIARD members. The purpose of this brief is to suggest practical recommendations for improvement and greater coordination among EIARD members in this area.

Making ARD more pro_poor, improving the accessibility and relevance of ARD results to the poorest_policy brief
This policy brief addresses the challenge of using the founds that European Union (EU) member states and the European Commission support Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in sub-Saharan Africa (estimated US$470million per annum) effectively to alleviate poverty and hunger in the developing world by explicitly identifying the poor, involving them in the research process and making research results accessible to them.

Making ARD more PRO-POOR_Improving Accessibility and Relevance of Results to the Poorest_STUDY
This study contributes to strengthening EU policies towards the MDGs in general, and food security issues in particular. The study pays particular attention to two aspects of pro-poor ARD: a) involvement of the poor in ARD, and b) access of the poor to ARD results.

Agenda for Change
At a critical juncture – facing new global challenges, close to the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in the midst of preparations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – the EU must choose the right mix of policies, tools and resources to be effective and efficient in the fight against poverty in the context of sustainable development. The Commission is proposing an Agenda for Change to strengthen Europe’s solidarity with the world’s developing nations in this fight.

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