Friday, July 26, 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Impact of Development Interventions in the Areas of Agriculture, Climate Change, and Property Rights & Land Policy
3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) invites proposals for systematic reviews that investigate the impact of development interventions in the areas of agriculture, climate change, and property rights and land policy. 3ie funds systematic reviews to examine the existing evidence on a particular intervention or programme in low- and middle-income countries, drawing also on evidence from developed countries when pertinent.
3ie and its partners have developed seven systematic review questions for this call:
- What are effective modes of delivery of information (for example, on markets, weather, soil conditions) to improve farmer decisions and uptake of improved seeds, better soil management practices and technologies?
- What are effective types of contractual arrangements (for example, fair trade schemes, cooperatives formation) to increase smallholders’ market power, food security, marketed surplus and net returns?
- What are the most cost-effective interventions (for example, participatory breeding, village-level agro dealers, post-harvest management) to incentivise smallholders to adopt improved seeds, and better practices and technologies?
- What combinations of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies are most cost effective in increasing agricultural productivity and smallholder incomes?
- What are effective interventions in promoting upgrading in agriculture (using investments and/or innovations that add value to products or services at the farm or value chain levels) that foster economic growth and benefits the poor?
- What are effective economic interventions to reduce mal-adaptation and vulnerability to climate change (for example, living in flood plains, developing coastal areas, irrigating deserts for crop production) and to incentivise investments that promote climate change resilience?
- What property rights and land-policy interventions are most cost-effective at promoting economic development (i.e., reducing costs and increasing productivity and incomes)? These interventions can include, but are not limited to, legal and policy reforms, institutional reforms, decentralisation of land-related services, improvements to land mapping and surveying systems, formalization of property rights and improved dispute resolution facilities.
Deadline: August 30, 2013