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A report from the CRP1.1 launch meeting in Amman, Jordan outlines the products of the inception phase, namely the groundwork for baseline characterization of each region and the products of the workshops that were set up to establish research priorities. The common ground between the regions consisted of 21 shared constraints, 20 shared outputs, 16 shared hypothesis and 20 shared outcomes.
Criteria for Intermediate Development Outcomes (IDOs) were also established during the inception phase. Criteria are meant to be: informed by and have buy in from key stakeholders, integrated across CRPs, fully aligned with CG system level IDOs, completed by Sept 30, 2013, and composed of three 3-year cycles.
Seven impacts from established IDOs were established and cross-cutting themes and program level tools instituted. Definite impact goals were also specified with 10-20% increases in productivity for systems targeted for vulnerability reduction and 20-30% increases in productivity have been slated for systems which can be sustainably intensified. A 20% adoption rate within action sites was also established during the inception phase as a major area of focus for the Dryland Systems CRP.