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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2003

Improved research strategies to assist scaling-up of pro-poor management of natural resources in semi-arid areas

Poor Mangement Natural Resources

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Improved research strategies to assist scaling-up of pro-poor management of natural resources in semi-arid areas

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8088B

DFID Programme : Natural Resources Systems Programme

Organismes de mise en œuvre

Lead Institutes : University of Reading
Managing Institutes : HTSPE Limited
Collaborating Institutes : Sokoine University of Agriculture

Durée : 01-10-2003 / 30-06-2005

Objectifs
The purpose of this study is to identify ways in which communication between the natural resources research and development sectors can be improved, thereby leading to the successful scaling-up of research findings, increasing the potential of research to contribute to development planning, and ultimately to favourable pro-poor developmental changes Due to the nature of natural resources management (NRM) research, there is usually a significant timelag between project completion and developmental impacts. In Tanzania, adoption of rainwater harvesting (RWH) technologies, which are now given priority in the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), leads to increased crop and livestock productivity, and hence to improved food security and livelihoods of the poor people in rural areas. Dissemination of research findings, through the development and distribution of research products, is one way of sharing knowledge among participants involved in agricultural knowledge and information transfer systems. However, current approaches do not consider the process of the research itself and its effects on outcomes and impacts. Questions that need to be answered are : (i) Does the way the research is done have an effect on the outcomes or impact of the project ? (ii) What balance of social, technical and economic research, is best able to facilitate adoption and impact of research on natural resources, at different levels ? (iii) How should the communication of results be managed in order to maintain the interest of the target groups and supportive participants, who facilitate uptake and utilisation of the results

Total Cost to DFID : £55,315

Présentation : UKAID

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