Learning from a multicountry donor’s experience Although the evaluation field has increasingly integrated systems thinking and complexity science (STCS) into its work, little has been published on how to build capacity for STCS-informed evaluation. This article helps address that gap by exploring paired concepts drawn from the STCS and evaluation capacity building (ECB) literature, including: […]
The research methods support (RMS) project is all about increasing the effectiveness of agroecological research done by the CCRP. The team works the many individuals and groups within the program who need support designing research, handling and analyzing data, and using the results. Sometimes, the diverse activities in which RMS gets involved come together in […]
In 2013, the Collaborative Crop Research Program initiated support for farmer research networks (FRNs). FRNs were envisaged as a general approach to networked participatory research aimed at supporting the agroecological intensification of smallholder farming in ten countries in Africa and the Andes region in South America. The 30 FRNs ranged in size from 15 to […]
Planned communities of practice can be an effective means to create and spread knowledge. Funder-Initiated Communities of Practice as a Means for Sharing and Creating Knowledge in Order to Strengthen the Adaptive Capacity of Systems, published in Foundation Review, explores the degree to which CoPs can be initiated by funders, and presents the lessons learned […]
In September 2021, the United Nations will hold its first Food Systems Summit. (Exact dates to be determined.) CCRP grantee Global Alliance for the Future of Food will contribute in multiple ways. Its executive director, Ruth Richardson, is among those leading the Champions Network and is a part of the executive committee. Across the CCRP […]
A team of researchers at Bioversity International has continued to develop the “tricot” approach to research with farmers. The team developed and validated prototypes to make the process clearer to farmers, having found that farmers were more motivated to participate if they had a full understanding of the research cycle. The ClimMob digital platform, which […]
A presentation made to the FRN working group on modelling village futures using a land use game with farmers in Mali. Read about how a board game can be used to create scenarios and project their impacts into the future.
The presentation used by the Agroecology Support (AES) team for their opening talk at the 16th Annual Andes CoP meeting. It contains an overview on the agroecological principles and transition process, including a case study from Vermont (U.S.)
La presentación utilizada por el equipo de AES para la charla de apertura. Contiene una visión general de los principios agroecológicos y el proceso de transición, incluyendo un estudio de caso de Vermont (EE.UU.)
La présentation utilisée par l’équipe de l’AES pour l’exposé d’ouverture. Elle contient un aperçu des principes agroécologiques et du processus de transition, y compris une étude de cas du Vermont (États-Unis).
A presentation by the AES team with a synthesis of the visions shared by the groups. It brings together the principles and values that participants considered key for a transformation as well as the steps and recommendations necessary to turn visions into action.
La presentación del equipo de AES con una síntesis de las visiones compartidas por los grupos. Reúne los principios y valores que los participantes consideraron claves para una transformación, así como los pasos y recomendaciones necesarios para convertir las visiones en acciones.
La présentation par l’équipe AES avec une synthèse des visions partagées par les groupes. Elle rassemble les principes et les valeurs que les participants ont considérés comme essentiels pour une transformation ainsi que les étapes et les recommandations nécessaires pour transformer les visions en actions.
A group of three Kenya based CCRP projects—FRN NGO, MLP, and AE Hub—have a keen interest in helping farmers to improve soil health, using knowledge-based and dialogue oriented approaches. The group is working with 347 Kenyan farmers affiliated with 8 NGOs. Farmers who belong to the FRN all struggle with the parasitic weed striga, which […]
Source: Beth Medvecky, AE Hub; The McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research Program; Evans Odhiambo and Lilian Night; David Stern; FRN members
The FIPS project team, a village-based agricultural advisors group, is sharing the findings of its work on deep tillage with a new animated video. FIPS worked with Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) to create the five-minute video “Deep Tillage and Smarter Manure Use: Dig Deep, Save Money, and Harvest More.” Using farmer-oriented animation, the video […]