Saturday, 2 May 2009

Going beyound the assessment of agricultural research institutes

Interviewed during the SCARDA (Strenghtening Capacity for Agricultural Research for Development in Africa) Regional Programme-wide Strategies and Learning Workshop (Accra, FARA Secretariat 27th-30th April), Mick Mwala recognizes the value of the initial institutional analysis. But the DfID evaluator was right to question the quality of those initial assessments because it did not capture well the relations with the other departments inside the University of Zambia nor the relations with other research and capacity building institutes at the national level. He trusts the continent wide network of African agricultural research institutes will survive well after the DfID support to SCARDA.

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