Validating the Nicaragua Dual-Purpose VC Impact Pathways (ENG)
Validating the Nicaragua Dual Purpose Cattle
Value chain Impact Pathway(s)
Managua, Nicaragua :5th-9th August 2013
• The Livestock and Fish CG program is
committed to delivering tangible benefits to
the Nicaragua Dual Purpose Cattle value chain
The critical bottlenecks to developing the value chains
are not clarified,
How interventions will deliver the benefits as planned
is not clearly described,
How actors will need to changes is not well know.
• Developing and validating Impact Pathway(s)
improves stakeholders’ understanding of the
program and how it will lead to impact.
• Are result chains that represent the various steps that lead to having impact at
scale, through successive stages of outcomes as a result of adoption and use of
the products by different actor types at different stages
• IPs can be represented by a narrative or a flow diagram
• But frequently presented graphically.
Why develop Impact Pathways?
• To demonstrate program rationale
• To guide program planning
• To provide a foundation for
program monitoring and
• To provide impact hypotheses for
ex-post impact assessment
• Research information, new technologies and practices
• New approaches for putting research into action
Professional development courses
On the job trainings and activities
• Engagement events and networks
Could be information and understanding
• Also include research outcomes
change in knowledge, awareness and skills
Change in capacity of beneficiaries and intermediaries
Capacity change outcomes
Behavioral change outcomes
• Change in actual practices of beneficiaries and “next users”
Land use planners using GIS maps
Smallholders adopt improved crop varieties
NARES approach to soil management adapted to local conditions
• New policies and policy instruments
• New or better functioning institutions
(formal or informal)
Functional seed distribution system
Increased value chain productivity
Policies poor use of natural resources adopted
Enabling environment outcomes
• Increase productivity for beneficiaries
• Improved distribution of opportunities, income,
food security and nutrition benefits to the target
• Reduced degradation of natural resources
Increased income for smallholder farmers from
adopting improved varieties
Increased consumption of biofortified foods
Reduced loss of biodiversity and genetic resources
Direct benefits outcomes
• Enhanced livelihoods in target domain across
Increased food security
Reduced rural poverty
Reduced under nutrition
Enhanced sustainability of natural
resources in target domain across
1. Increased livestock and fish productivity in small-scale
production systems for the target commodities.
2. Increased quantity and improved quality of the target
commodity supplied from the target small-scale
production and marketing systems.
3. Increased employment and income for low-income
actors in the target value chains, with an increased share
of employment for and income controlled by low-
Livestock and Fish program Intermediate Development
outcomes (direct benefits and enabling environment)
1. Increased consumption of the target commodity
responsible for filling a larger share of the nutrient gap
for the poor, particularly for nutritionally vulnerable
populations (women of reproductive age and young
2. Lower environment impacts per unit of commodity
produced in the target value chains.
3. Policies (including investments) support the
development of small-scale production and marketing
systems, and seek to increase the participation of
women within these value chains.
Theory of change (TOC)
• Explicit identification of the ways by which change is expected to occur from
output to outcome and impact.
• The TOC questions the assumptions about causality underlying the relationships
between outputs, outcomes and impact.
Description of causal
Description of causal
Description of causal
Set of Assumptions for the value chain IP
• Addressing whole value chain will improve relevance,
uptake and effectiveness of innovations.
• Focus and targeting will increase efficiency and the
probability of achieving proof at scale.
• Implementation of demand-driven innovations in the
right value chains with the right partners will accelerate
the program’s progress towards achieving outcomes and
• A significant number of pre-commercial smallholders can
become market-oriented and intensify production
• Pro-poor value chains can compete and generate
sufficient incentives to promote investment in
• The poor rely on animal-source food produced
locally by smallholders and from less formal
• The poor will consume more ASF if availability,
access and affordability of products improve from
• Increased and equitable consumption of ASF will
improve nutrition and health.
• Focusing on a few value chains might limit geographical
spread of research benefits.
• Social inequalities bar women and other marginalized
groups from taking up innovations, limiting achievement
of outcomes at scale.
• High transaction costs of managing a complex network of
• Program approaches may not attract investment for
research and development.
• Partners may not be willing or have the interest to take up
• Income and gender inequalities are exacerbated due to
Set of risks for the value chain IP
Program M&E/IA next steps
• Finalize Nicaragua ToC/IP narratives
• Develop the Nicaragua LaF specific
M&E/IA frameworks based on the
value chains Impact Pathways
• Support ongoing evaluations to keep
validating the Theory of change
Objectives of the workshop
Communicate and validate the program’s intervention
logic in the development of the fish value chain, clearly
identifying the roles of different actors in the value
Question and clarify the program’s potential for
achieving impact on the intended beneficiaries and
map out the key risks and assumptions of the program.
Begin to lay the building blocks for designing a
framework for subsequent monitoring, evaluating and
learning of the program.
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. The CGIAR Research
Program on Livestock and Fish aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems in sustainable
ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable across the developing world.
CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish