The Regional Plan for Collective Action
     in Eastern & Southern Africa

 Improving post-crisis recovery through
       ...
Overview


The context for the Regional Plan

            Strategy

           Flagship 4

          Conclusion
Africa‟s development
            agenda

Africa‟s Development Agenda
 Articulated by AU/NEPAD in CAADP
  (esp. Pillars 1 ...
CGIAR Shortcomings


 Successive reviews – SSA Task Force,
  Inter Academy Council highlighted
  problems:
   Overlaps
 ...
CGIAR Response


 Clear call for greater cohesion,
  coordination and collective action
 Many options discussed, includi...
Regional Plans


 Two plans:
   West & Central Africa
   Eastern & Southern Africa
 Common goal, principles
 Emerged ...
Goal

 To foster the emergence of a coordinated,
  cohesive program of agricultural research that
 produces clear econom...
Operational space

The only form of CGIAR Collective Action focusing on
   Intersecting Regional Goals with System Priorit...
Complex problems require a systemic
  approach and collective action –
if many ‘mini green revolutions’ are to result
Regional Plan for
                       ESA

Three main outcomes drive the plan:
1. A clearer picture of the research in ...
Flagship Programs

 Flagship 1: Integrated natural
  resources management
 Flagship 2: Markets, institutions,
  informat...
…current focii

 F1: “Understanding and adapting to
  drivers of change”; “observatories of
  rural change”
 F2: “Market...
Flagship 4

        Improving impact of emergency response
        on agricultural livelihoods in highly
        stressed ...
Workshop Aims

1.   Develop a shared understanding of the nature of the
     research, define its demand and scope
2.   Id...
Conclusion

 The Alliance of the CGIAR Centres,
  created by the Centres to better deliver on
  the CGIAR mission, is a n...
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A presentation by Ravi Prabhu at the Workshop on Defining a Strategic Agricultural Research Agenda on Post-Crisis/Post-Shock Recovery in Highly Stressed Systems, Nairobi, May 22-23, 2008

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The Regional Plan for Collective Action in Eastern & Southern Africa: improving post-crisis recovery through agricultural research

  1. 1. The Regional Plan for Collective Action in Eastern & Southern Africa Improving post-crisis recovery through agricultural research Presented by Ravi Prabhu at the Workshop on Defining a Strategic Agricultural Research Agenda on Post-Crisis/Post-Shock Recovery in Highly Stressed Systems, Nairobi, May 22-23, 2008
  2. 2. Overview The context for the Regional Plan Strategy Flagship 4 Conclusion
  3. 3. Africa‟s development agenda Africa‟s Development Agenda  Articulated by AU/NEPAD in CAADP (esp. Pillars 1 & 4)  Further interpreted by FARA (FAAP),  ASARECA – strategy and 7 new programs, &  SADC-FANR – RISDP (and MAPP) 6% Agricultural growth target 10% investment in Agriculture target
  4. 4. CGIAR Shortcomings  Successive reviews – SSA Task Force, Inter Academy Council highlighted problems:  Overlaps  Gaps  Competing competencies  Lack of cohesion & synergy … resulting in  Inability to contribute effectively to Africa‟s development agenda
  5. 5. CGIAR Response  Clear call for greater cohesion, coordination and collective action  Many options discussed, including adjusting present structure of CGIAR Centers  Regional Plan process selected as being the least risky, most promising  Does not preclude later adjustment to structure, if required
  6. 6. Regional Plans  Two plans:  West & Central Africa  Eastern & Southern Africa  Common goal, principles  Emerged from extensive consultations among Centers and Partners  Different emphases, arising from consultations
  7. 7. Goal  To foster the emergence of a coordinated, cohesive program of agricultural research that  produces clear economies of scale and scope at low transaction costs,  in order to successfully address regional priorities.  These priorities range from complex problems of stagnant or falling agricultural productivity, poverty to impacts of climate variation.
  8. 8. Operational space The only form of CGIAR Collective Action focusing on Intersecting Regional Goals with System Priorities Regional Goals System Priorities Available Capacities
  9. 9. Complex problems require a systemic approach and collective action – if many ‘mini green revolutions’ are to result
  10. 10. Regional Plan for ESA Three main outcomes drive the plan: 1. A clearer picture of the research in the region  (e.g. through an inventory of research) 2. A program of work that adds value and addresses both regional & system priorities  (e.g. through the Flagship Programs) 3. A results oriented culture that is based on shared knowledge, information and action  (e.g. through self-organising communities of practice of concerned researchers)
  11. 11. Flagship Programs  Flagship 1: Integrated natural resources management  Flagship 2: Markets, institutions, information & the upscaling challenge  Flagship 3: Conservation, use and enhancement of genetic resources  Flagship 4: Improving agricultural livelihoods in high stress/unstable environments …
  12. 12. …current focii  F1: “Understanding and adapting to drivers of change”; “observatories of rural change”  F2: “Market Development as a mechanism of pro-poor growth”  F3: “Towards common methods, tools and approaches”  F4: CARRSS, Food Price Crisis, Developing a strategic research agenda
  13. 13. Flagship 4 Improving impact of emergency response on agricultural livelihoods in highly stressed and unstable systems – 17 of 25 countries in the region! Long a) Understanding the impact of „stress‟ on farming systems, seed systems, livestock and social systems b) Understanding the impact of aid on these systems to avoid interventions that exacerbate the consequences of future shocks c) Shaping and sequencing the responses during emergency, post-emergency and recovery phases and identifying institutional models appropriate in fragile states Short
  14. 14. Workshop Aims 1. Develop a shared understanding of the nature of the research, define its demand and scope 2. Identify/develop a theoretical framework to underpin the research 3. Distill lessons from past research experiences 4. Identify a possible program of work, project opportunities 5. Explore opportunities to develop a „community of practice‟ as the mode for collective action
  15. 15. Conclusion  The Alliance of the CGIAR Centres, created by the Centres to better deliver on the CGIAR mission, is a new framework and mechanism for collective action.  The Regional Plans are a concrete expression of the Alliance‟s commitment to Africa‟s development agenda.  Flagship 4 represents an opportunity to speed up the process of recovery of agricultural livelihoods and systems
  16. 16. Thank you for your attention!
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