A new professionalism for agricultural research for development
Review statusPeer Review
MetadataShow full item record
Douthwaite, B.; Apgar, J. M.; Schwarz, A.-M.; Attwood, S.; Senaratna Sellamuttu, Sonali; Clayton, T. 2017. A new professionalism for agricultural research for development. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 15(3):238-252. doi: 10.1080/14735903.2017.1314754
Permanent link to cite or share this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/83364
There have been repeated calls for a ‘new professionalism’ for carrying out agricultural research for development since the 1990s. At the centre of these calls is a recognition that for agricultural research to support the capacities required to face global patterns of change and their implications on rural livelihoods, requires a more systemic, learning focused and reflexive practice that bridges epistemologies and methodologies. In this paper, we share learning from efforts to mainstream such an approach through a large, multi-partner CGIAR research program working in aquatic agricultural systems. We reflect on four years of implementing research in development (RinD), the program’s approach to the new professionalism. We highlight successes and challenges and describe the key characteristics that define the approach. We conclude it is possible to build a program on a broader approach that embraces multidisciplinarity and engages with stakeholders in social-ecological systems. Our experience also suggests caution is required to ensure there is the time, space and appropriate evaluation methodologies in place to appreciate outcomes different to those to which conventional agricultural research aspires.
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH; RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; PROFESSIONALISM; RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS; CGIAR; RESEARCH PROGRAMMES; AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT; AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS; PARTICIPATORY APPROACHES; COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT; PARTNERSHIPS; STAKEHOLDERS; SCIENTISTS; FARMERS; CAPACITY BUILDING; GENDER EQUITY; GREEN REVOLUTION; CASE STUDIES; MONITORING; EVALUATION
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Authors:Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research; Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research; CGIAR Systemwide Program on Participatory Research and Gender Analysis for Technology Development and Institutional Innovation; CGIAR Systemwide Program on Participatory Research and Gender Analysis for Technology Development and Institutional InnovationDate:1999Type:ReportStatus:Open Access
Authors:Natabirwa, HN; National Agricultural Research Laboratories; Katende, D; National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda; Lung'aho, Mercy; National Crop Resources Research Institute, Uganda; Pan-Africa Bean Research AllianceDate:2014-07Type:BookStatus:Open Access
Authors:International Center for Tropical Agriculture; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopia; Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; University of East Anglia; Tigray Agricultural Research Institute; Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Ethiopia; Amhara Regional Agriculture Research InstituteDate:2007-09-30Type:ReportStatus:Open Access