Capacity Development

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Dr. Iman El-Kaffass, Head - Capacity Development Unit at ICARDA presented on Capacity Strengthening initiatives for Dryland Systems at the Amman Launch in May of 2013. Key areas of focus for capacity development include answering the fundamental question, “Who will raise and secure incomes and reduce degradation for the 87 million people on the 11 billion hectares targeted by the CRP?” The answer is, institutions and individuals in those targeted areas.

In order to facilitate that work capacity strengthening of target groups and institutions is essential to ensure the transfer and adoption of knowledge and proven technologies. Thus, drylands systems will fully integrate capacity strengthening into it’s activities. Target groups and institutions for capacity strengthening include NARS centers, extension systems and agencies, policy development systems, university staff and students, civil society organizations, youth/female groups, and multistakeholder initiatives.

It was noted that the CG system has already enjoyed significant successes in this area as to date 80,000 professionals have received training. The suggested strategy is to disseminate proven technology to NARS, extension and farmers associations; to diversify training modalities and delivery mechanisms and to develop a quality assurance and enhancement integrated framework; to implement e- and distance learning programs and infrastructure; to develop a knowledge bank and a library of training material for shared use; to strengthen partnerships with ARIs and universities; to increase follow up with alumni; and to develop a shared system to measure realized impact on the ground.

Expected outcomes for this work included wide dissemination and adoption of proven technologies, strengthened institutional capacity to manage research, gender and youth integration in R4D, and well equipped farmer associations enabled to manage the adoption of new know-how.

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  • Through our research programs and CRPs,Widen thematic provisionsCollaboration with ARIsNARS to NARS collaboration (DSIPS)Modalities:Train the trainerE-learning and distanceMore degree trainingQuality AssuranceCross ICARDA processes
  • Central Asia, Eritrea, MauritaniaPriority themes: Biotechnology, conservation agriculture, breeding, seeds production, IPM, modelling, E-learning with ARI’s
  • Through our research programs and CRPs,Widen thematic provisionsCollaboration with ARIsNARS to NARS collaboration (DSIPS)Modalities:Train the trainerE-learning and distanceMore degree trainingQuality AssuranceCross ICARDA processes
  • Better reporting, proposal writing for training componentsJICA, AusAIDCIHEAM, FAO, IFAD, Australian, British and American institutionsImpact Assessment with all programs but SEPRP Lead
  • This needs 6 main elementsAnd we have been discussing together these elements and we can out with a draft capacity development strategy that the programs and regional offices have participated in developing and reviewing. This document that we all participated in leads the way to what we have agreed to do. I will now go through what we agreed on and the division of roles of programs, offices and units. In my belief CDU – formed of Laurice, Afif, Najah, Yeser and myself cannot claim to be able to do the change needed without your participation.
  • Capacity Development

    1. 1. Launch Meeting Amman, 21-23 May 2013Dryland Systems& Capacity StrengtheningThe global research partnership to improve agricultural productivity and income in the worlds dry areasIman El-Kaffass, PhDHead, Capacity DevelopmentICARDA
    2. 2. Title Dryland Systems ProgramWhy is it important to talk about capacitystrengthening?
    3. 3. Title Dryland Systems ProgramDryland Systems Programaims to improve food securityand generate higher andmore secure incomes for 87million people over 15 years.It aims to raise the productivecapacity of natural resources& reduce degradationacross 11 billion hectares.
    4. 4. Title Dryland System ProgramWho is going to do that?
    5. 5. • CGIAR Research Program on DrylandAgricultural Production Systems – LaunchMeeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitleDryland Systems& Capacity Development• The realization of the plannedsustainable development andimpact on the ground depends,among other elements, on thecapacity strengthening ofbenefitting institutions andindividuals.• Capacity strengthening of targetgroups and institutions isessential to ensure the transferand adoption of knowledge andof proven technologies• Thus, the program will fullyintegrate capacity strengtheninginto its activities, leading to therealization of its goals.
    6. 6. Capacity StrengtheningOf target groups &institutionsTwointerconnectedbasis for improvedlivelihoodsDissemination of know-how &impact realizationTransfer of know-how and impact realization needcapacity strengthening of involved actors
    7. 7. •Title Target Groups and Institutions• National AgriculturalResearch Centers• Extension systems/agencies• Policy development systems• University staff & students• Civil society organizations/rural communities/farmerassociations/farmers• Focus on youth and femalebeneficiaries/women groups• Multi-stakeholder initiatives tobe encouraged (more thanone group of beneficiaries)
    8. 8. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013Title Partners• CGIAR Centers• National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS)• Advanced Research Institutes (ARIs)• Universities• Development Partners• Civil Society• Private Sector• Farmer organizations & Women Groups
    9. 9. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013Title Regional Targets• West Africa Saheland Dry Savannas• East and SouthernAfrica• North Africa andWest Asia• Central Asia andCaucasus• South Asia
    10. 10. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitleCan we do it?Building on CGIAR Successes• 80,000 professionals receivedtraining from the CGIAR• One fifth of the CGIAR budgetis spent on CapacityStrengthening• Proven success instrengthening capacity• Led to strengthened CGIARnetwork and relationship withbeneficiaries• Resulted in facilitating &implementing more impact onthe ground
    11. 11. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitleWhat are we suggesting? On whatbasis?
    12. 12. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013Title Suggested Strategy• Strengthen capacity ofresearchers, extension andfarmers in higher potentialareas on sustainablyintensifying production,diversifying the farmingsystem, and connecting toprofitable markets• In highly vulnerable areas:reducing risk andvulnerability.
    13. 13. Disseminate proventechnology to NARS,extension, farmersand associationsDiversify trainingmodalities anddeliverymechanismsDevelop a qualityassurance andenhancementintegrated frame ofworkElementsSuggested Strategy
    14. 14. Expand thegeographicalcoverage of CS &ensuring balanceFocus on NARSpriority needs &constraints,CGIAR advantages& CRP mandatesImplement e- &distance learningto reach out tomore NARSElementsSuggested Strategy
    15. 15. Developing aknowledge bankand a library oftraining materialfor shared useSupporting theinstitutionalstrengthening ofNARSStrengtheningPartnershipswith ARIs,Universities,NARS, privatesector and NGOsElementsSuggested Strategy
    16. 16. Strengthencollaboration withdonors anddiversify fundsStrengthencontact withalumni andfollow up on theirprogressDevelop a sharedsystem tomeasure realizedimpact on thegroundElementsSuggested Strategy
    17. 17. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013Title Suggested StrategyProviding integrated capacitystrengthening packagesreflecting the systemapproach and including:- sustainable land and watermanagement,- crop genetic improvementand integrated disease andpest management,- socio-economics, policyand institutional options.
    18. 18. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitleThemes of Capacity Strengthening• Innovation systems• Integrated options and technologies forsustainable management of naturalresources• Integrated options for sustainableintensification and diversification ofproduction systems• Risk and vulnerability management• Integrating gender and youth in researchto ensure opportunities & benefits for all• Integrated crop and livestock productionmanagement• Sustainable agriculture• Integrated post-harvest management andmarketing• Institutional policy analysis anddevelopment• Extension development and innovation• Geographical Information Systems
    19. 19. TitleSuggested Approaches/Modalities• Group courses• Individual degreefellowships – post docs• Individual non-degreefellowships• Train-the-trainer with followup on transfer ofknowledge gained• Fellowships• Internships• Visiting Scientist programs• Field tours• On farm trials• Networks /Conferences• Farmers’ schools• Web portal• Virtual platforms• Web-based information• Manuals/materialdocumentation anddissemination• South-South interchange ofknowledge and experience• Joint curricula developmentwith universities
    20. 20. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013Title Expected Outcomes• Know-how and proven technologies isdisseminated and adopted• Young researchers’ gain acpacity forresearch for development• Target institutional capacity toproduce and manage research isstrengthened• Gender and youth is integrated inresearch for development,• Policy development systems’ capacityto produce evidence-based, outcome-oriented policies is strengthened• Farmer associations are enabled tomanage the adoption of introducedknow-how• Farmers are enabled to apply proventechnologies and to link to market
    21. 21. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitlePriority Issuesthat Need our Collaboration• Include planning and budgeting for inthe "Plan of Work and Budget (PoWB).• Analyse milestones and outcomes forneeded capacity strengthening support• Conduct a Needs Assessment Survey• Develop collaborative CS interventions• Develop trainee learning and trainerteaching assessment tools
    22. 22. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitlePriority Issuesthat Need our Collaboration• Develop a shared evaluation tool forcapacity strengthening activities• Establish a shared CS/MIS• Develop a Procedural & QM Manual• Give priority to train-the-trainer• Strengthen partnerships with theprivate sector & civil society• Strengthen the reach-out to extension,farmer associations & men & womenfarmers• Strengthen e-learning initiatives andusing virtual media• Develop shared procedures andschemes
    23. 23. CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Agricultural Production Systems – Launch Meeting, Amman 21-23 May 2013TitlePriority Issuesthat Need our Collaboration• Establishing a sharedplatform to deliver distanceand e-learning courses• Establishing a shared“Knowledge Bank”• Developing a system-wideimpact assessment system• Documentation of thelessons learned
    24. 24. 2. Leadershipcommitment and support5. Defining action, timing & scopeand the integrating mechanism4. Assigningcompetent strategyimplementers3. Reflectionof strategyin structure& processes6. Periodicalassessment1. Agreeing on thedirection and strategyPriority Issuesthat Need our Collaboration
    25. 25. Thank you

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