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International public goods through integrated natural resources management research in CGIAR partnerships

Harwood, R. R., Place, F., Kassam, A. H. and Gregersen, H. M. (2006) International public goods through integrated natural resources management research in CGIAR partnerships. Experimental Agriculture, 42 (4). pp. 375-397. ISSN 0014-4797

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The CGIAR System conducts research to produce international public goods (IPG) that are of wide applicability creating a scientific base which speeds and broadens local adaptive development. Integrated natural resources management (INRM) research is sometimes seen to be very location specific and consequently does not lend itself readily to the production of IPGs. In this paper we analyse ways in which strategic approaches to INRM research can have broad international applicability and serve as useful foundations for the development of locally adapted technologies. The paper describes the evolution of the IPG concept within the CGIAR and elaborates on five major types of IPGs that have been generated from a varied set of recent INRM research efforts. CGIAR networks have both strengths and weaknesses in INRM research and application, with enormous differences in relative research and development capacities, responsibilities and data access of its partners, making programme process evolution critical to acceptance and participation. Many of the lessons learnt regarding challenges and corresponding IPG research approaches are relevant to designing and managing future multi-scale, multi-locational, coordinated INRM programmes involving broad-based partnerships to address complex environmental and livelihood problems for development.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8630

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