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An introduction to the work done during the Inception Phase in Central Asia and the Caucasus Mountains was presented at the beginning of the TRIP workshop by Dr. William Payne.
CGIAR system level outcomes being addressed by the research program on Dryland Systems include the reduction of rural poverty, improved food security, better nutrition and health and the sustainable management of natural resources. Dry areas cover 41% of the earth’s surface and encompass the majority of the world’s poor. Major biophysical and socioeconomic constraints to production systems exist. The strategic results framework advocates new areas of core competency to achieve impact in the four CGIAR system level outcomes. One of these areas is the development of core competency in the areas of production systems, another is the ability of the system to undertake inter-center research and another is that that research will integrate commodity, natural resource management and policy research to improve productivity and livelihoods in a sustainable way at the national and regional level. Cross cutting themes for the dryland systems program include gender, youth, biodiversity and capacity building. It was found during the inception phase that the 5 target regions inception phase meetings produced a significant number of shared constraints, outputs, hypothesis and outcomes. Clear impacts from the desired intermediate development outcomes were also established as well as outputs that are tied to clear indicators of success.
Expected outputs of the TRIP meeting being held at the time of the presentation were the production of prioritized work plans to achieve the seven system wide IDOs through the use of the standard logframe template with specificity on sites, outcomes, outputs, deliverables, activity leaders, partnerships and timelines. Better impact targets and budget principles were also to be produced.