CIAT and MSU Committed with Building Local Capacity
by Byron Reyes.
Workshop on Evaluating the Adoption and Economic Impact of Agricultural Technologies
In 2014, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) thru the Legume Innovation Lab, started a series of training workshops targeted to agricultural economists, university professors and researchers from governmental and non-governmental organizations and organizations working on rural development, implementing two workshops (one in Colombia and another one in Honduras). Two additional workshops were planned for 2015. The first of these workshops was recently implemented, in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) of Uruguay, at the Cala di Volpe Hotel, in Montevideo, from May 18-22 of 2015.
The main objective of this workshop was to strengthen the capacity of research and development organizations to document the results and impacts related to the development of agricultural technologies. During the week-long workshop, between 18-23 economists and researchers from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay participated, and one-half of them were women. The attendees worked in public institutions, the government, universities and a few were self-employed. Their expectations of the workshop were diverse and included learning about current impact evaluation methods to apply them to their research and masters and doctoral thesis, getting tools to rigorously evaluate projects, improve their knowledge about impact evaluation methods, among others. Feedback received from participants suggests that all their expectations were met. This workshop was taught by Ricardo Labarta, Byron Reyes and Víctor Zuluaga.