Workshop Trade-off Analysis - CGIAR_20 Feb 2013_Keynote Todd CranePresentation Transcript
Impact as encounter: Research and agrarian culturesTodd A. Cranetodd.email@example.comKnowledge, Technology and Innovation
Achieving Impact Outline Introduction Conceptual clarifications Examples of encounter between research and practice Concluding remarks
Conceptual clarifications Impact Culture Behaviors and technologies (material) Social organization (institutional) Knowledge, beliefs and values (ideational)
Rural Development Goals Marka Fulani Maintain extensive Maintain extensive agriculture pastoralism Intensify pastoralism Intensify agriculture ↑ local authority ↑ national authority (Crane 2010)
Co-production of Knowledge? Micro-politics and soil fertility trials Cow manure applications • 2t/year • 5t/3years
Co-production of Knowledge? Micro-politics and soil fertility trials Goat and sheep manure? • Goats and sheep integral part of HH economies • Farmers’ LK values goat and sheep manure highly Why only cow manure? • Presumed ↑ availability of cow manure • Scientists’ access to standardized supply • Publishability of rigorous results • Political objective of program Led to comparative trials Validating local knowledge Illustrating ↑ diversity of options
ENSO-based forecasts and Ag. Risk Mgmt.El Niño La Niña
Facilitating Use of ENSO-based DSS Enable users to evaluate forecasts Publish forecast history Publish forecast performance records Explain probability upfront Integrate users’ feedback Content Form Medium http://agroclimate.org/ (Crane et al. 2010)
Tradeoffs in climate adaptation Seasonal forecasts and agric. planning in Indonesia Is information the main constraint? (Siregar and Crane 2011)
Action Research Convergence of Sciences – Strengthening Innovation Systems (http://www.cos-sis.org/) Benin, Ghana, Mali Simultaneous on farm-innovation AND institutional change • Undirected change • Avoiding preset indicators • Not modeled, but practiced
Change as self-organization Farmers’ practice as Dynamic Heterogenous Complex Policy Science Science Policy Development 3.0 ? Practice Leeuwis, Sherwood and Crane 2012
Concluding Remarks on Achieving Impact Tradeoffs, thus “impacts”, are inherently political Change is too complex to plan or predict perfectly, it is emergent from practice and relationships Impact requires stepping outside of systems perspectives Achieving impact is a process, not a goal Avoid pre-defined targets (and indicators) Research on research
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