Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CIRAD policy brief: Impact of agricultural research in developing countries

4 July 2017. N° 42. Agricultural research in the Global South: steering research beyond impact promises - Etienne Hainzelin, Danielle Barret, Guy Faure, Marie-Hélène Dabat, Bernard Triomphe (PDF - 873.05 ko)
Agricultural research for development is increasingly being called upon to demonstrate its usefulness and its impacts, particularly among donors and policy makers. To meet this expectation, CIRAD has developed the approach ImpresS to document the contribution of research to changes within society and the mechanisms at work along the impact pathway. 

This policy brief presents the key lessons learned from the application of this innovative participatory approach to a set of 13 ex post case studies, sometimes many years after the intervention of research. It describes the implications of this process in terms of practices among not only researchers, but also donors.

To go beyond the promise of impact during the submission of research projects, which is often reduced to a purely rhetorical exercise, CIRAD aims to develop a "culture of impact" that permanently modifies its research practices in order to generate more consistent impacts on development.

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