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LIVES Research Framework . Berhanu Gebremedhin, Scientist and LIVES Research Coordinator . Presentation Outline. LIVES research objective and research statement The research impact pathway LIVES action-oriented research approach and process

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Lives research framework

LIVES Research Framework

Berhanu Gebremedhin, Scientist and LIVES Research Coordinator


Presentation outline

Presentation Outline

  • LIVES research objective and research statement

  • The research impact pathway

  • LIVES action-oriented research approach and process

  • The types of research, research areas and outputs

  • Research partnership and implementation

  • Role of graduate students

  • Promotion of R4D outputs


Lives research objective

LIVES Research Objective

  • To generate knowledge through action-oriented research and synthesis of results/lessons learnt about value-chain development


Lives research statement

LIVES Research Statement

  • Research in the LIVES project will be conducted on priority research topics for each commodity in relation with:

    • value chain stages,

    • input supply and service provision support functions,

    • value chain institutional environment, and

    • cross cutting issues of gender, knowledge management and capacity building, food safety and the environment

  • Aimed at generating and synthesizing knowledge to scale out and up best practices in market oriented agricultural development.


The research impact pathway

The Research Impact Pathway

Resources

(Staff time, finance,

equipment/materials,

transportation etc.)

Activities

(Problem identification,

research design,

implementation,

evaluation)

Outputs

(technologies, institutional/

Organizational/policy

recommendations,

publications, briefs etc.)

Outcomes

(Research

outputs are taken

up/adopted by

intended users)

Impact

(economic,

social and environ-

mental changes)


Lives action oriented research approach

LIVES Action-oriented Research Approach

  • Technology generation

  • Lab-based

  • On-station

  • On-farm

  • Technology application

  • Organizational issues

  • Institutional issues

  • Diagnostic research

  • Action research

  • Impact research

Experimental

(controlled setting)

Developmental

(uncontrolled setting)

Focus

Methods


The types of research

The Types of Research

  • Diagnostic

    • Research conducted to identify, describe, quantify value chain constraints and opportunities, and technological, organizational and institutional intervention requirements

  • Action Research

    • Research aimed at generating qualitative and quantitative knowledge on the development process and performance of a single or combination of interventions, which can be used to modify the interventions, and/or identify context specific adoption factors that can be used to scale out/up best practices

  • Impact research

    • Research aimed at generating qualitative and quantitative knowledge on the impact of interventions on economic, social and environmental conditions of farm households.


Lives action oriented research process

LIVES Action-oriented research Process

  • Priority setting and targeting within target areas to best address needs and opportunities

  • Identifying and piloting technology and other interventions to improve productivity and market performance

  • Outcome and impact assessment to evaluate the benefits emanating from project investments

  • Analysis of innovation processes to better refine and design capacity building and scaling out of activities

  • Complementing this action-oriented research will be the RBME&L framework from which the strategic lessons will be learnt about the processes and innovations


Research focus

Research Focus

  • Action-oriented research will be required:

    • how to improve productivity and

    • How to strengthen the functioning of value chains and associated business development services,

  • Hence both technical and socio-economics research

  • Research on the gender implications of the different value chains, technologies, and organizational and institutional innovations

  • Research on the environmental implications of value chain development


  • Research areas

    Research Areas

    • Input supply and services

      • Input supply

      • Credit

    • Extension

      • Knowledge management

      • Capacity building

      • Market information and linkages

    • Production

      • Production technologies

      • Production management

      • Production systems


    Research areas 2

    Research Areas (2)

    • Post harvest handling, processing and marketing

      • Post harvest handling and management

      • Processing

      • Marketing and distribution

      • Consumption and food safety

    • Cross cutting issues

      • Gender in market oriented development

      • Environmental implications of market oriented development


    Research partnership

    Research partnership

    • Collaborative research between LIVES, IWMI, ILRI programs, ICARDA, EIAR, RARIs, and universities

    • Joint supervision of graduate students (MSc/MA).

    • Collaborative research expected to contribute to building capacity within the knowledge systems of the regions

      • strengthenedcapacity of Ethiopian researchers and research institutions

      • promote results to policy makers, implementers, farmers and investors.


    Research implementation lives structure

    Research Implementation- LIVES Structure

    Project Manager

    Research Coordinator

    Research Officer

    Regional Coordinators (Livestock & Irrigation Experts/Coordinators)

    LIVES Scientists (ILRI, IWMI)

    RBM&E Expert

    Database Analyst

    Zonal Coordinators

    Research Assistants

    GIS Analyst


    Research implementation

    Research Implementation

    • Research team by commodity composed of

      • National coordinator(s)

      • RARI Scientists

      • LIVES HQ Scientists

      • IWMI Scientists

      • LIVES regional expert

      • LIVES research assistant

      • ILRI/ICARDA Scientists


    Overall implementation framework

    Overall implementation framework


    Role of graduate students

    Role of Graduate Students

    • A key component of capacity building is the strengthening of adaptive research through graduate training

      • 100 students fully sponsored for tuition and Theses

      • 100 students supported for theses only

  • Selection criteria to identify suitable candidates

  • Research topics fit into LIVES research priorities

  • Ensure Gender balance

  • Joint supervision of students


  • Research outputs

    Research Outputs

    • Working papers- series

    • Electronic publications

    • Book chapters and Conference proceedings

    • Case studies and syntheses papers

    • Manuals and guides

    • Journal articles

    • Briefs and leaflets

    • TV and Radio programs

    • Videos


    Lives research framework

    Project Committees

    (that will facilitate promotion of R4D outputs)

    CIDA

    PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE

    (PSC)

    PROJECT COORDINATING TEAM

    (PCT)

    REGIONAL PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES (4) (RPIC)


    Promotion of research outputs

    Promotion of Research Outputs

    • Briefings to policy/decision makers

    • National and Regional conferences

    • Technical support to our national/regional partners for strategy/policy/curriculum development

    • International conferences

    • LIVES Website

    • Ethiopian Agricultural Portal

    • Published hard copy materials

    • Mass media programs

    • Videos


    Thank you

    THANK YOU!!


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