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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


(Staff time, finance,


transportation etc.)


(Problem identification,

research design,




(technologies, institutional/



publications, briefs etc.)



outputs are taken

up/adopted by

intended users)



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


(controlled setting)


(uncontrolled setting)



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
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

Project Committees

(that will facilitate promotion of R4D outputs)







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