As IRRI is entering into more global program activities under the Global Rice Science Partnerships (GRiSP), it commits itself to last mile delivery through partnerships at global, regional, national and local level. Building capacity for partnerships, network development with farmers and other actors work with farmers and field level extension workers then becomes an important responsibility. This module has been developed to address some of those emerging needs.
The diagram below captures the logic of why and what contents are included in the module. Additional explanation is also available in a separate presentation. IRRI’s development oriented projects were the sources of experience to develop the module. Such projects are potential clients of the module as well.
Target (poor) farmers (men & women) need to be identified and put at the center of analysis: Module 3 & 6 deal with Well-being Analysis.
R&D activities need to be farmer demand-led (issues for R&D): Modules 3, 4, 5 & 6 deal with Demand Analysis.
Partnership need to be formed to make R&D effective: Modules 2, 4, 5 & 6 deal with Partnership Development issues.
Partners need to be selected following some form of a Competitive Process: Module 2, 3, 4 & 5 deal with Stakeholder Analysis & Proposal Development issues to develop partners’ competitive competence.
Participatory approaches are used to ensure ownership & co-creation opportunity: Module 1 & all other modules primarily use participatory approaches.
Linkages & networks are used for Scaling up, Dissemination & Sustainability of Innovations: Modules 10, 11 & 12 deal with Network and Partnership Issues.
Effective communication strategies are used to ensure that the innovations are known & used by many: Module 15 deals with Knowledge Bank Development as an example.
Innovative tools are used to Monitor, Review & Assess Progress, Outcome & Impact: Modules 6, 11A & 12 provide some examples of usage of such tools.
The e-module has two components: modules and lessons under content and tools. Each component can be accessed independently but they are also linked as tools and examples of use of tools are mentioned in lessons discussions.