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Incorporating stakeholder perspectives in international agricultural research: the case of the CGIAR Research Program for Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income

posted Aug 22, 2011, 11:44 AM by j.savolainen@cgxchange.org   [ updated Aug 23, 2011, 11:47 AM by Unknown user ]

To improve the coherence of work across CGIAR member Centers and to enhance impact, fifteen interlinked proposed CGIAR research programs (CRPs) are being developed. A new CG-wide collaborative ethos emphasizes identifying, consulting, and collaborating with appropriate stakeholders, to bring their perspectives into design of the CRP proposals and ensure that they are integrally involved in implementation. In this paper we present a case study of stakeholder consultation for designing the CRP Roots, Tubers, and Bananas for Food Security and Income (RTB). The paper describes how stakeholders were identified, outlines consultation and data collection methodologies, presents a synthesis of the consultation, and demonstrates how stakeholder perspectives influenced proposal design. The concluding sections provide details of lessons learned and articulate how future consultations might be improved, including optimal use of information gathered. The consultation was coordinated by a team representing the 4 collaborating CG centres