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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA

Sowing the seeds of research into policy

M. Mitchell/IFPRI

M. Mitchell/IFPRI

From November 18 to 20, more than 50 experts in policy, research and agricultural science met at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in in Washington, DC. The event was co-sponsored by the CGIAR’s Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), both led by IFPRI.

The conference brought together participants conducting the most innovative and forward-thinking work in nutrition, natural resource management, health and agriculture. Attendees engaged in meaningful conversation, working towards creating concrete action points. Participants discussed how research can generate policy-relevant evidence, and how to make sure that said policy is actually integrated into effective programs.

Representing the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) were two members of the Linking Farmers to Markets initiative in the Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) Research Program. Senior Researcher Mark Lundy and policy analyst Rafael Isidro Parra-Peña attended the conference, presenting findings from a recently completed Ford Foundation funded initiative investigating the effectiveness of policy on rural agriculture productivity, connectivity and competitiveness.

Parra-Peña presented a case study on the Colombian supply chain system, with additional micro-level research discussing the tomato supply chain in Boyacá. You can view the presentation, along with Parra-Peña’s commentary, here.

The workshop aims to develop flagship guidance via a toolkit/guide on how to understand policy processes to connect research to policy. Other goals include publishing working papers and possibly special issue of a journal, in addition to fostering an ever-growing community of practice for sharing ideas and approaches.

For links to the complete set of presentations, including an agenda and further reading material, please visit IFPRI’s event wrap-up blog post.

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