Synthesis of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program 2009
The Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA)1 Program believes strongly in the power of information for
designing effective policies in terms of investments in agricultural development and natural resource
conservation and management. Our goal is to contribute to improved decision-making across Latin
America. We do this by providing novel and accurate information about agricultural systems and
associated natural resources at all levels, from farm to continent. To ensure that the rural poor benefit
from both public- and private-sector policies, we also work with key governmental and nongovernmental
Outputs and impact • Scenario analyses of potential technologies,
The DAPA Program focuses on providing policies, or practices suitable for assisting
policy-relevant research outputs for four thematic communities and their agriculture to adapt to
areas where significant demand exists in Latin progressive climate change.
America. These are: • Develop new pro-poor business models and
• Ecosystem services and benefits to the poor. guidelines for public and private policy that
• Climate change and building resilience into would ensure that the rural poor benefit from
agricultural systems. supply chains.
• Designing pro-poor and equitable supply
chains in a dynamic world. Main activities and projects
• Impact targeting, facilitation, and • Africa Trial Sites Catalogue: a network
assessment. supporting cultivar testing in Africa.
• A spatial policy-targeting tool for ecosystem
Although they are thematically diverse, the services management in the Amazon.
underlying research processes are similar, namely, • Assessing and anticipating the consequences
spatial and economic analyses. Specifically, some of introducing benefit-sharing mechanisms for
of our outputs include: managing water in the Andes.
• Ex ante targeting of agricultural technologies • Coffee Under Pressure (CUP): evaluating the
to maximize potential impact for the benefit of impact of climate change on coffee in Central
the rural poor. America, and identifying viable adaptation
• Design of payment schemes for managing options for rural communities.
water-based ecosystem services in the Andes; • Analysis of the Colombian agricultural sector’s
these schemes would be socially equitable, vulnerability in the face of progressive climate
economically viable, and environmentally change; in collaboration with a range of
friendly. Colombian partners.
• Economic modeling to identify appropriate • PARASID: a monitoring system of land cover
policies for managing carbon in Amazonian for Latin America, a project being developed in
agroecosystems. collaboration with TNC.
• Broad-scale analyses of the impact of climate • Gap analysis of germplasm holdings globally.
change on tropical agriculture.
1. For an explanation of acronyms and abbreviations see
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Eco-Efficient Agriculture for the Poor
Main partners and collaborators • Wanjiku Chiuri, Rural Development Specialist
AGCommons • Amazon Initiative • Bioversity and Gender (firstname.lastname@example.org)
International • CATIE • CCAFS • CIFOR • • Laure Collet, Spatial Analyst and Modeling
CONDESAN • CPWF • CRS • DNP (Colombia) (email@example.com)
• Global Crop Diversity Trust • GCP • Green • Andy Farrow, Spatial Analyst
Mountain Coffee Roasters • ICRAF • ICT KM (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• King’s College London • Oxfam • SSA CP • • Glenn Hyman, Spatial and Impact Analyst
Stanford University • Sustainable Food Lab • (email@example.com)
TNC • UF • Peter Laderach, Climate Change and High-
Value Goods (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donors • Mark Lundy, Markets Specialist
AGCommons • CPWF • GCP • Global Crop (email@example.com)
Diversity Trust • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters • Marcela Quintero, Ecosystem Services, Water,
• World Bank and Soils (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Simone Staiger, Facilitating Impact Expert
Team members (email@example.com)
• Andy Jarvis, Climate Change Specialist and
Program Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Robert Andrade, Impact Assessment Officer Contact: Andy Jarvis
Tel.: +57 2 4450000 November 2009