CRP Aquatic Agricultural Systems – from proposal to implementation


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Join Patrick Dugan, Charlie Crissman, Ranjitha Pukar and Bill Downing in a conversation about AAS and how it has evolved since being formally approved by the CGIAR late last year. They will share their insights into the program’s key elements and outline what lies ahead in 2012. For further information on the AAS program see


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An Update – April 2012:

An Update – April 2012 Aquatic Agricultural Systems


Overview Governance and Management Country and hub focus Research focus and design Gender Impact assessment Some learning Questions

Aquatic Agricultural Systems:

Aquatic Agricultural Systems

Governance and Management:

Governance and Management Program Oversight Panel (9-10 February) Six independent (chair); 2 CGIAR Program Leadership Team WorldFish, IWMI, Bioversity, NGO partners Program Leader – WorldFish DDG

Governance and Management:

Governance and Management Program Leadership Team WorldFish, IWMI, Bioversity, NGO partners

PLT Working Groups:

PLT Working Groups Roll out Gender Science themes Communications Country Operations Charlie Ranjitha Neil Bill Bill Boru Nireka Mike Andrea Anna Anna ( Solomons ) Nitya Blake Rupert Tabeth Tabeth (Zambia) Paula Charlie Fiona Kevin Kevin (Bangladesh) Rupert Boru Charlie Maripaz Ranjitha Neil Ranjitha Boru Alan Andrea Mike Sonali Ranjitha Bill Leo Anna Tabeth Kevin

10 pillars of our approach:

10 pillars of our approach Focusing on communities and the systems they use Scaling from landscape-household-landscape Pursuing Research in Development (PAR+) Building on the strengths of the poor and vulnerable Transforming gender norms and power imbalances Innovating and learning (M&E) Focusing on outcomes and impact Fostering CGIAR alignment Nurturing effective partnerships Avoiding hubris – practicing humility

Challenges 2012-2013:

Challenges 2012-2013 Responsibility to fulfill our promise 2013 – recalibration of CRP budgets Focus on delivery (execution!): Country processes Science Partnerships Gender Impact assessment Communications

Country and hub focus:

Country and hub focus Year Country Hubs 2012 Bangladesh Khulna Solomons Central Zambia Western Province 2013 Bangladesh TBD Cambodia TBD Philippines Northern Mindanao Solomons Western Zambia Luapula Careful staging

Research focus and design:

Research focus and design Research in Development – community empowerment (learning from health sector) Impact at scale – landscape-community-landscape (issues, policy, partners, communities) Hub roll out – handbook 4 stages: Planning, scoping, diagnosis, design Science focus: Development challenge Theory of change (hub and communities) Targeted research testing ToC

Roll-Out Stages:

Roll-Out Stages Planning: focus on partnerships + operations Scoping: development challenges research questions at hub landscape existing activities focal communities Participatory diagnosis confirm development challenges, questions and communities Design community level process focus on empowerment matrix of opportunities for investment

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Monitoring and Evaluation M&E - What we do to let ourselves and others know if we are doing what we said we would and if what we said is the right thing to do Performance monitoring – Did we implement the plan? Needed for reporting to consortium, outside partners Monitoring for learning – How are we doing? What is changing? Do we need to adjust what we are doing? Monitoring outputs and outcomes (users using an output) - frequent indicators will be knowledge, attitude and skills - community determined indicators - cooperation, especially on ‘higher level’ indicators Special topics – monitoring challenges Development effectiveness Partnerships Scaling up Gender Knowledge management Policy Communication Capacity build ing

Impact Assessment:

Impact Assessment Monitoring and Evaluation and Impact Assessment - central component of the Knowledge Sharing and Learning Research Theme Test incipient impact pathways, foster learning and help put research into use Building synergies with other NRM CRPs Establishment of NRM Impact Learning Alliance Conceptual framework for NRM Impact Assessment Improved NRM Impact Assessment methods Foster cross-CRP collaboration in common sites Strategic Alliance on NRM IA – CRPs, ACIAR

Gender Transformative action and not just Gender Accommodating :

Gender Transformative action and not just Gender Accommodating Actively examine, question and change rigid gender norms and imbalance of power Encourage critical awareness among men and women of gender roles and norms Challenge and address the distribution of resources and power relationships between women and others in the community 14 Gender


Gender Cross-cutting and ensuring that it does not remain marginalized by mainstreaming Grounding the gender approach and related activities within five of it’s six thematic areas The theme on Gender equity explicitly focused on a transformative approach based on rigorous gender analysis, to strengthen outcomes of mainstreaming in the other five themes


Gender Strengthened Gender team (2 senior researchers; 2 junior) Close collaboration Consortium Office coordinator for gender Strategic Alliance: ICRW; UEA Workshop “Transformational Gender Research in Agriculture” (3-5 October 2012)

Science outputs: priorities 2012:

Science outputs: priorities 2012 Title Working paper Primary publication Policy brief Poverty and vulnerability in AAS    Role of AAS in improving livelihoods in mega deltas    Transforming AAS towards gender equality    Strengthening governance across scales in AAS    Making a difference in AAS landscapes   Development outcomes from integrated cropping in GHERS (Bangladesh)   Reducing vulnerability amongst Adivasi ( B’desh )  Resilience in Practice: Solomons  Aquaculture and cyclone coping 

Program Support Unit:

Program Support Unit

Some learning:

Some learning Innovation from reaching beyond the CGIAR Benefit of independent POP Partners in the PLT Value of CRPs to focus research – topics and impact Priority to gender and impact assessment Linkage of community level research to landscape scale Focus on Research in Development (Dialogue January 2013) Hubris-humility!

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