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Learning alliance for adaptation in smallholder agriculture

Date: 01/2015 to 01/2018
Location: Uganda, Bangladesh, Colombia, Mali, Ghana, Mozambique, Niger, Nicaragua, Viet Nam, Mali

The project goal is to maximize the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) impact on rural poverty in a changing climate.

The main objective of the project is to enable agricultural development policymakers and practitioners to make science-based decisions in the context of climate change, leading to greater positive impacts on target populations.

The specific objectives are to

  • Deliver innovative scientific knowledge products on climate change that are relevant to development programming.
  • Contribute scientific results as international public goods to policy dialogue both globally and nationally.
  • Enable national research institutions and researchers to strengthen their own capacity on climate change research for development.

This project has three components:

Component 1: Research and knowledge products. Scientific knowledge products, on topics and in formats selected by IFAD, are widely accessible:

  • Climate change research topics selected via participatory consultation within IFAD
  • Open competitive call for research proposals
  • Selection of research consortia based on agreed criteria, including national research partners
  • 18-month research program on selected topics, focused on IFAD case studies
  • Preparation, peer review, and publication of knowledge products co-branded as IFAD, CGIAR (CCAFS), and research partners

Component 2: Policy engagement. Knowledge products and results are actively cited in key policy forums globally and nationally:

  • Dissemination of knowledge products via IFAD, CCAFS, and research partner communication channels, including social media
  • Targeting of specific results for inclusion in key policy processes via the annual policy engagement strategies of IFAD, CCAFS, and national research partners
  • Publication of key results in scientific journals to provide a robust basis for citation in connection with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Component 3: Capacity enhancement. National research institutions, researchers, and policymakers have raised capacity and profiles on climate change research for development:

  • Support to national research partners to develop and deliver policy engagement strategies
  • Facilitation of appropriate South-South cooperation among Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program (ASAP) countries
  • Inclusion of PhD students in research projects to strengthen long-term research capacity and research-practice linkages

  The project contributes to the following CGIAR research programs:

  Related research topics:
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