Capacity for Agricultural Policy: Suresh Babu.

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Capacity for Agricultural Policy: Suresh Babu.

  1. 1. Capacity for Agricultural Transformation- Issues, Challenges, and Lessons Suresh Babu ReSAKSS- Asia Conference, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  2. 2. Capacity Strengthening Cutting poverty Ending hunger soon Research Communications
  3. 3. Capacity Strengthening Strategy Objectives I. Capacity Strengthening through global research programs II. Generate research-based knowledge in the form of International Public Good III. Develop capacity through national, regional and global collaborations
  4. 4. Methods • Collaborative research: Malawi, Mozambique • Group training: Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia • Training of trainers: University lecturers • Research Cycle – South Asia and East Africa Network • 1-on-1 hands on training • E-learning • Institutional Strengthening • Food and Agricultural System Page4
  5. 5. CapacityBuilding withCSA: PopulationCensusAtlas • Collaboration between ESSP and CSA • Atlas launched in Addis November 2010 • In-depth training on GIS and data base management
  6. 6. Ethiopia Strategy Support Program Capacity Building GIS Training 2009  CGE Course Ceremony 2009 CGE Paper Authors EEA Conference 2010
  7. 7. EthiopiaStrategySupportProgram CapacityBuilding 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 People Person Days Workshops/Conferences Seminars Hands-On Training ShortCourses Training Courses
  8. 8. Does Training Strengthen Capacity? DevelopingaFrameworkforCapacityDevelopmentinGhana • Human Resources Department • MOFA/ IFPRI • Research Based Evidence • Collaborate policy makers and analysts • Address current and emerging issues • Monitor and Evaluate the effects of policy • Knowledge management • Capacity development • Fragmented – piecemeal
  9. 9. What does AGRODEP want to achieve? Why AGRODEP: • African countries have experienced a remarkable economic recovery since the start of the century • Africa is simultaneously undergoing an important policy renewal process • This process fuels a growing demand for locally based, policy- relevant research Therefore there is a need for: • a mechanism that helps to mobilize a critical mass of modeling experts within Africa’s policy research and analysis community, • broaden access to innovative research methodologies, and • facilitate partnership with the global research community. www.agrodep.org 9
  10. 10. Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) is a knowledge management platform Strategic analysis to inform policymakers Knowledge management systems to ensure that the strategic analysis and other relevant knowledge products are translated into public goods Capacity strengthening through support for the country CAADP Roundtables, establishment of country SAKSS programs/nodes
  11. 11. Architecture of country SAKSS • A structured network of policy-making, research and implementation partners • made up of 3 distinct but interrelated components: Node, Network, and Oversight Body • institutionalised within relevant country structures (ministries, planning units, research institutions, knowledge management organs, etc.)
  12. 12. CREATING A PATHWAY FOR TECHNOLOGY ACCESS! Empowers partner countries to build and implement functional regulatory systems by providing: 1. Independent expertise – science and policy 2. Capacity building 3. Credible information to policy makers, stakeholders, end users and key opinion leaders for informed decision making 4. Experts are regulators from govt. and industry, scientists, lawyers and economists
  13. 13. Capacity Strengthening Research – Key Needs • Capacity Needs Assessments • Institutional Capacity Reviews and Assessments • Capacity Measurements – Capacity Development Indicators • Capacity Strengthening Methods – What works and why? • Capacity Monitoring and Evaluation • Impact Assessment of Capacity Strengthening projects
  14. 14. Net-Map showing information flows and critical actors
  15. 15. Central Asia
  16. 16. South Asia
  17. 17. E-Learning-Asia
  18. 18. Lessons Learned • Sustainability of capacity depends on leadership • Bridge the gap between theory and practice • share the experiences in capacity strengthening • understand the institutional, resource and human capital constraints • Curriculum should be reviewed and revised • Establish enabling environment and institutions • Continuous dialogue between the researchers, trainers, and policymakers Page18
  19. 19. Concluding Remarks • Capacity development is a long term continuous process • Individual, institutional and policy environment go hand in hand • Training alone is not enough • Knowledge management, participation, transparency are important to make impact • Strategic approach needed to capacity development, management, utilization and maintenance
  20. 20. Thank You

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