Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor A Regional Perspective
With contributions from regional staff <ul><li>What is new or different? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it help us do better resea...
Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor  - implications <ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>productive, efficient, compe...
Regional projects <ul><li>Applied research, participatory, impact-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Working closely with NARS and...
Environmental focus <ul><li>Forage hedgerows for erosion control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not easily ‘adoptable’ </li></ul></...
Do we have the tools / methods needed? <ul><li>Farmer participatory research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers decide what to ...
Summary and opportunities <ul><li>A good description of our mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a ‘good practice’ guide for CIAT...
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Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor: A Regional Perspective

  1. 1. Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor A Regional Perspective
  2. 2. With contributions from regional staff <ul><li>What is new or different? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it help us do better research? </li></ul><ul><li>Will future research look different? </li></ul><ul><li>What opportunities are there? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Eco-efficient agriculture for the Poor - implications <ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>productive, efficient, competitive, profitable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sustainable, resilient </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair, equitable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research that is: </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated, inter- and multi-disciplinary, holistic, system-oriented </li></ul>
  4. 4. Regional projects <ul><li>Applied research, participatory, impact-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Working closely with NARS and NGO partners </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated smallholder crop-livestock systems </li></ul><ul><li>Livelihood-focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Income, increasing market-orientation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social dimension </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty, gender, ethnicity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainable production </li></ul><ul><li>Value chain (production – markets) </li></ul><ul><li>Well-integrated project in the regions are not so different from the eco-efficiency concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But – primarily focussed on improving livelihoods rather than on the environment </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Environmental focus <ul><li>Forage hedgerows for erosion control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not easily ‘adoptable’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a cost to farmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>need labour; make land preparation and harvesting more difficult </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Unless </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are clearly recognisable benefits to farmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linked to improved production and income and/or reduced labour requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High value placed on the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Land care movements building awareness of the importance of environmental protection – education! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Farmers are the decision-makers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Do we have the tools / methods needed? <ul><li>Farmer participatory research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farmers decide what to adopt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration, system-orientation, harmonisation of different aspects of the eco-efficiency concept </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Linking farmers to markets – value chains </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Product-orientation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holistic, multi-disciplinary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with development partners for scaling out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NARS, NGOs, development organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning alliances </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Summary and opportunities <ul><li>A good description of our mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a ‘good practice’ guide for CIAT research? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but equally applicable to other CGIAR centres </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A very useful checklist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for project development, implementation and evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Greater integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enabling environment within CIAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education / building capacity </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Thank you
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