Reasonable expectations on the prospects for documenting the impact of agricultural research on poverty in ex-post case studies uri icon

abstract

  • The increasing emphasis on poverty alleviation as a motivation for investing in public-sector international agricultural research is discussed from the perspective of practitioners engaged in ex-post impact evaluation. Context is largely provided from the experience of the International Potato Center (CIP) in impact assessment of improved potato and sweet potato technologies. The poverty content of 10 CIP-related success stories of technological change was qualitatively assessed with a checklist of key questions. With this admittedly crude method, the size of project Net Present Value (NPV) appears to be an informative guide to the magnitude of poverty effects. Hence, projects that generate widespread benefits to many people, particularly to net consumers of food crops, remain likely to be the most effective vehicles to contribute to poverty alleviation from public sector investments in the improvement of food crops in developing countries. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2000
  • 2000