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In dairy, the evaluation estimates there were impacts on adoption and increases in farm income. In horticulture, the evaluation estimates impacts on adoption, but no impacts on farm income. In handicrafts, the evaluation estimates impacts on employment for program participants, but no impacts were detected on productive income.
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SARID (Sustainable Agriculture Research for International Development) was a successful programme. It produced high quality science; there was more movement towards developmental impact in some projects than expected; and participants themselves, both scientists and stakeholders, viewed it as successful and well-run. It provided a unique opportunity to link fundamental research through to its application in developing countries.
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The independent evaluation found varied results looking at farm income and household consumption. In addition, although the evaluation was not originally designed to test whether or not farm investments increased as a result of the training and increase in farm income, the evaluators did look at changes in investments in mobile and fixed capital in order to potentially explain why they were not finding changes in household consumption.
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The evaluation found varied results for the three regions invested in under the Commercial Training Activity. The evaluation showed no impact on yields or crop incomes on average across the three regions. However, northern region farmers’ annual crop income increased significantly relative to the control group, over and above any impacts recorded in the other zones.
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This review of Australia’s rural development assistance found that the lives of large numbers of poor rural people had been improved as a result of Australian interventions. Australian aid has helped poor rural women and men access more value from new markets for example.
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Evaluation of the Farmer Field School Approach in the Agriculture Sector Programme Support, Bangladesh
The main purpose of this Evaluation has been to analyse and to document – in a gender perspective – the results and the lessons learned from using the Farmer Field School approach in the Agriculture Sector Programme Support Phase II.
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The two projects evaluated were found to be relevant to the ODA policies of both KOICA and MOFAFF, as the projects were aimed at supporting the Cambodian government in poverty alleviation and rural development.
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This study provides an assessment of the overall performance of agricultural input subsidy programmes in Malawi, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania, where so-called “smart” subsidies have been introduced in an attempt to maximise effects at the lowest possible costs.
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The study, which began in 2006, capitalised on the start of Al Amana’s activities in rural areas and aimed to quantitatively measure the economic impacts of microcredit in remote rural areas.
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Agricultural water management projects present particular challenges and therefore require very careful planning, design, and execution to avoid failures or leave the beneficiaries worse off.