Work package 3 - Comparative modelling analysis and evaluation of cases studies in each region at different scale PDF Print E-mail


Objectives


Obj 3.1 To develop a better understanding on the impact and adoption of CA and respond to generic questions of the type: what works where and why? What doesn’t work and why not? What can work where?

Obj 3.2 To interpret the case study results with multiple stakeholders including practitioners from farmer organisations and NGO as well as concerned policy makers and representatives of the private sector and of donor organisations

Obj 3.3 To formulate the knowledge gaps and research needs to make models readily applicable for decision-makers in different African regions and under different conditions



Description of work


Task 3.1: Application of most appropriate models to assess (potential) impacts and adoption of CA for each case study. In function of each situation the best available model(s) – issued from WP2- will be applied to analyse the case studies using the structured data from the database and the reference framework (WP1). The modelling analysis will examine all three scales (field, farm and district) and the relevant linkages between them. The modelling approach may, however, vary between case studies, as might have been anticipated in WP2 during model review and testing. This task will be lead by CIRAD in close collaboration with the regional coordinators of the case studies.

Task 3.2: Evaluation of case study analyses with multi-stakeholders. The results of the modelling/impact analysis of the case studies in the 5 regions will be evaluated and discussed in each region with multiple stakeholders including practitioners from farmer organisations and NGO as well as concerned policy makers and representatives of the private sector and of donor organisations, leading to a better understanding under which conditions and to what extent CA strengthens the socio-economic position of landholders in Africa and contributes to improving their livelihoods.

Representatives from farmer organisations and the communities will be invited and expected to play an active role. In this way, the evaluation framework will reflect not only researchers’ views but farmers’ perceptions as well.

Task 3.3: Formulation of knowledge gaps and research needs: The model applications will bring about a better understanding on why and where CA is successful, under which techno-institutional conditions it can work and why and where it is (or not) adopted by African farmers. The lessons learned from the model selection and testing (WP2), the case study analyses and its evaluation by multi-stakeholders (this WP) will guide the formulation of knowledge gaps and research needs for improved decision support tools to policy makers and farmers that will help them develop conservation agriculture in Africa. It will also contribute to identifying the scope for collaboration among diverse stakeholders for the development of CA in Africa. CIRAD will lead this task in collaboration with the regional coordinators on the case study analyses.

The general approach for the modelling analysis (task 3.1) will be discussed during the mid-term workshop (month 16). Two regional workshops (month 21 and 29) will be organised in each region for the above tasks. During the first workshop (month 21) emphasis will be on the modelling analysis (task 3.1). The second regional workshop(month 29) will be held to present the results obtained and share the lessons learnt with multiple stakeholders, including practitioners from farmer organisations and NGO, as well as concerned policy makers and representatives of the private sector and of donor organisations (tasks 3.2 and 3.3). WU and ZALF will contribute to the case study analysis and project activities during these workshops.

The outcomes on case study analysis and its evaluation by multi-stakeholders and on research priorities for CA assessment and development will be presented at the end-of-project workshop (month 30). During this workshop a comparative analysis of the case-studies in the 5 regions will take place.