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INRM that works: Assessing the impact of INRM research in the Highlands of Eastern Africa

By: La Rovere, R.
Contributor(s): Szonyi, J.A [coaut.] | Mekuria, M. M.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: 2009Description: 26 pages.Subject(s): African highlands | Evaluation | Impact assessment | Natural Resources Management (INRM) institutionalization | participatory Integrated | Watershed managementOnline resources: Access only for CIMMYT Staff Summary: An External Review and Impact Assessment (ERIA) of the African Highlands Initiative (AHI), a research and development program operating over four phases in Africa since 1995, was commissioned in late 2007 to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) by AHI?s main donor, IDRC to cover the current and last of its main investment phases. The ERIA revealed good evidence of Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) practices that work on the field and several successes, as well as a number of limitations and suggested pathways for enhancing future impacts. The ERIA comprised a review and impact assessment in three AHI countries: Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. It consisted of a desktop review, household surveys, focus group discussions, interviews with stakeholders at the institutional level, and field reports. Clear impacts were observed at the participant household level and outcomes at the level of local institutions in the sites (especially in terms of adopting the approach and changing attitudes towards research, principally at the grassroots level and, in some cases, institutions; and in terms of understanding and adopting NRM) as well as local spillovers to non-participants. It was found that AHI has been successful in building the capacity of stakeholders in different areas (e.g. farmers more readily recognize and solve NRM issues, communities solve conflicts in participatory ways, farmer research groups were empowered); this was often driven by the needs expressed by local stakeholders, end users, farmers, and institutions. There is increased awareness and appreciation of watershed management, in particular, and INRM, in general, among many of the high level officials, leaders of institutions, and policy makers. The ERIA has then synthesized its findings by highlighting several limitations of the program, recommending institutional, management and technical ways to overcome them in the future. It has also suggested to AHI a possible strategic trajectory to be followed during the next 3-10 years. Given its eco-regional mandate, experience, achievements, and key strengths, AHI might develop into a center of excellence of INRM. As AHI?s comparative advantage lies in its implementation of ?INRM that works?, other centers, international organizations, NGOs, and national institutes can refer to AHI to successfully initiate and implement INRM work.
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An External Review and Impact Assessment (ERIA) of the African Highlands Initiative (AHI), a research and development program operating over four phases in Africa since 1995, was commissioned in late 2007 to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) by AHI?s main donor, IDRC to cover the current and last of its main investment phases. The ERIA revealed good evidence of Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) practices that work on the field and several successes, as well as a number of limitations and suggested pathways for enhancing future impacts. The ERIA comprised a review and impact assessment in three AHI countries: Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. It consisted of a desktop review, household surveys, focus group discussions, interviews with stakeholders at the institutional level, and field reports. Clear impacts were observed at the participant household level and outcomes at the level of local institutions in the sites (especially in terms of adopting the approach and changing attitudes towards research, principally at the grassroots level and, in some cases, institutions; and in terms of understanding and adopting NRM) as well as local spillovers to non-participants. It was found that AHI has been successful in building the capacity of stakeholders in different areas (e.g. farmers more readily recognize and solve NRM issues, communities solve conflicts in participatory ways, farmer research groups were empowered); this was often driven by the needs expressed by local stakeholders, end users, farmers, and institutions. There is increased awareness and appreciation of watershed management, in particular, and INRM, in general, among many of the high level officials, leaders of institutions, and policy makers. The ERIA has then synthesized its findings by highlighting several limitations of the program, recommending institutional, management and technical ways to overcome them in the future. It has also suggested to AHI a possible strategic trajectory to be followed during the next 3-10 years. Given its eco-regional mandate, experience, achievements, and key strengths, AHI might develop into a center of excellence of INRM. As AHI?s comparative advantage lies in its implementation of ?INRM that works?, other centers, international organizations, NGOs, and national institutes can refer to AHI to successfully initiate and implement INRM work.

Socioeconomics Program

English

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