The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) works to ensure a world where all have access to nutritious food that is sustainably produced by local people. We do this through collaborative agroecological systems research and knowledge-sharing that strengthen the capacities of farmer groups, research institutions, development organizations, and others.
The CCRP is guided by eight principles: inclusion, genuine collaboration, agroecological intensification (AEI), contextualization, farmer-researcher co-creation, research for AEI impact, values coherence, and systemic coherence. These principles guide the project work at local levels, in regional communities of practice, and through our program-wide efforts.
In addition to principles the program uses a theory of change (ToC) to represent the ways in which we intend to contribute to better livelihoods, productivity, nutrition, environmental sustainability, rural vibrancy, and equity for farming communities. The theory of change helps us identify funding strategies at the project, regional, and program levels; identify research priorities and appropriate partners; and determine the lens through which to evaluate our work. It also provides a unified framework to understand how the CCRP’s research outputs and grantee support processes combine to create impact.
Our ToC maps two interrelated and distinct pathways through which our work is intended to make an impact. One is support for agriculture systems (individual farms and adjacent farms in an area that shares common environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic characteristics) to improve performance at the farm and landscape levels. The other is support for institutions (national research institutions, farmer organizations, non-governmental organizations, and others) to increase the relevance and impact of agriculture research and development efforts, providing a foundation for sustained improvements in farming and food systems.
We continually test, revise, and refine this theory of change to both improve our own programming as well as that of our grantees, and to use what we learn to leverage greater resources for communities. Grantees are asked to develop explicit theory of change documents. The program and project theory of change documents are continually utilized and refined.