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Why does the transfer of Agriculture Technology by Line Ministries fail so regularly?
A much over-looked reality of rural development initiatives anywhere is that when technical changes (such as attempts to improve crop yields) are introduced, to be successful and sustainable, they  must be preceded by comprehensive community engagement intended to ensure those communities are prepared, enthusiastic and able to take up those technologies.  How many apparently sound...
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Sample surveys: how to select a control group
  The purpose of a control group is to provide a basis with which to measure the impact of the project on a people or households who have received project services and, as a result may have benefited from the project.  Although it is possible to assess project impact on the basis of changes that have come about for project participants (i.e. the difference between “before project” and...
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How do we gather baseline data for impact evaluation?
  IFAD is placing increasing emphasis on impact evaluation of the projects that it supports.   Good quality impact evaluation not only provides a justification for the investment in the project (assuming that the evaluation shows a worthwhile positive impact), but we can also generate some useful lessons on what development initiatives work and what do not work.   ...
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Living on new land: Char development in Bangladesh
  The coastlines of Bangladesh are constantly moving. Surveys, based on satellite images, have shown that each year there is a net accretion of around 20 km 2 : newly formed land of about 52 km 2 minus eroded land of around 32 km 2 . With an assumed density of 800 people per km 2 , this means that each year approximately 26,000 people lose their land. For many of them, the newly accreted...
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The growing problem of wild animal damage to crops
  Damage to crops by wild animals in part of India, Nepal and Bhutan seems to be a growing problem, with farmers reporting that this problem is a major factor in the decision to stop cultivation of some of their land.     I have recently been in Bhutan where statistics show that, between 2005 and 2011, there has been a 23% fall in the area of cereals being...
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