People-centred M&E: Aligning Incentives So Agriculture Does More to Reduce Hunger

Pinto, Y., Haddad, L., Bonbright, D. and Lindstrom, J. assisted by Atugba, E.
IDS Bulletin 41.6
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After more than two decades of hiatus agriculture is back on the agenda of donors and governments. Issues of harmonisation, results orientation, mutual accountability and payments for performance have become mantras in development assistance. Placing intended beneficiaries at the centre stage is the new motto.

But the articles in this seminal IDS Bulletin provide systematic evidence to lay open the widely shared secret among development practitioners that the cupboard of agricultural monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is bare. Agricultural M&E has been weak at best. Where it exists it has concentrated on tools and methods, a narrow focus on project performance ratings and 'rates of return' with accountability upwards to donors rather than downwards to the intended beneficiaries of programmes.

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Overview: Getting a More Balanced View of What is Working in Agriculture to Reduce Hunger

Yvonne Pinto

The Sorry State of M&E in Agriculture: Can People-centred Approaches Help?
Lawrence Haddad, Johanna Lindstrom and Yvonne Pinto

Commentary on 'The Sorry State of M&E in Agriculture: Can People-centred Approaches Help?'
Zenda Ofir

Evaluation: Why, for Whom and How?
Henry Lucas and Richard Longhurst

Three Approaches to Monitoring: Feedback Systems, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Logical Frameworks
Alex Jacobs, Chris Barnett and Richard Ponsford

A Revolution Whose Time Has Come? The Win-Win of Quantitative Participatory Approaches and Methods
Robert Chambers

Creating the Missing Feedback Loop
Alex Jacobs

Private Sector Metrics Contributions to Social Change: Customer Satisfaction Meets Agriculture Development
David Bonbright and Jamey Power

Commentary on ‘Private Sector Metrics Contributions to Social Change: Customer Satisfaction Meets Agriculture Development'
Edward Mabaya

Monitoring and Evaluating Agricultural Science and Technology Projects: Theories, Practices and Problems
Erik Millstone, Patrick Van Zwanenberg and Fiona Marshall

Incorporating Seasonality into Agricultural Project Design and Learning
Stephen Devereux and Richard Longhurst

Context-specific and Project-induced Risk: Designing Projects for Promoting Resilient Livelihoods
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, Saul Butters and Martin Greeley

Women's Empowerment, Development Interventions and the Management of Information Flows
Naila Kabeer

A Learning Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation
Katy Oswald and Peter Taylor

Commentary on 'Latin American Experiences on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning'
Osvaldo Feinstein

Does Research Reduce Poverty? Assessing the Impacts of Policy-oriented Research in Agriculture
Andy Sumner, Edoardo Masset and Rajendra Mulmi

Commentary on 'Does Research Reduce Poverty? Assessing the Impacts of Policyoriented Research in Agriculture'
Raghav Gaiha and Shantanu Mathur

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