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Giel Ton - Research Fellow

Rural Futures; Business, Markets and the State
T: +44 (0)1273 915756
E: g.ton@ids.ac.uk

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Administrator:
Simon Jeavons

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Dr Giel Ton is Research Fellow at IDS and Director of the Centre for Development Impact (CDI). He specializes in the design of mixed-methods impact evaluations in agricultural value chains and private-sector development. He has published widely about the methodological challenges of impact evaluation of development interventions. He has ample experience with mixing quantitative and qualitative research methods in the framework of Contribution Analysis.

Next to this methodological interest, he has 25 years of experience in supporting economic farmer organisations in markets. While working at Wageningen Economic Research, he was research coordinator of the Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets (ESFIM) programme between 2007 and 2017, funded by IFAD and AGRICORD, implemented by CIRAD, NRI and WUR. He implemented numerous applied research projects relating to business training, contract farming, export promotion and certification schemes, resulting in various peer-reviewed publications.

Before entering the academic field, he worked in the Netherlands on illegal timber trade (2004) with Friends of the Earth. In Bolivia (1999-2004), he was policy advisor for the National Platform of Economic Farmer Organisations (CIOEC) and developed proposals for Bolivia’s poverty reduction programme, analysed the legal and administrative environment for farmer associations and cooperatives, and analysed Bolivia’s role in international trade and regional integration (MERCOSUR, CAN, WTO/Cairns Group). In the Netherlands (1997), he worked with the Dutch workers’ union on the Horticultural Restructuring Plan. In Nicaragua (1989-1996), he worked for VECO/Rikolto developing service facilities (e.g. Seed Exchange, Land Acquisition Fund, and Modular Post-Harvest Storage) for the local association of smallholder farmers in Condega-Estelí.

Most of his publications are available on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giel_Ton/contributions?ev=prf_act

For this DfID-funded project, we will be providing a synthesis of the types of monitoring, evaluation and data being used by investors and the private sector in agricultural supply chains in a developing country context.

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Contract Farming for Improving Smallholder Incomes: What Can We Learn from Effectiveness Studies?

World Development 104 (2018)

Contract farming is a sales arrangement between a farmer and a firm, agreed before production begins, which provides the farmer with resources or services. Many governments and donors promote contract farming as part of agricultural development policies. However, there is serious concern whether smaller farmers can benefit from these arrangements. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Organisational Challenges of Moroccan Dairy Cooperatives and the Institutional Environment

International Journal on Food System Dynamics 3.8 (2017)

Marketing cooperatives in developing and transition countries face challenges when they aim to strengthen their competitiveness. One of these challenges relates to improving the quality of the products delivered by their members. Another challenge relates to the financial sustainability of the cooperative, as cooperatives have to choose between paying out a surplus to members and retaining it in the organisation. As these problems are not specific to one organisation, and public policies often affect the scope for individual cooperatives, we explore how the institutional environment helps in reducing those challenges. More details

Contribution Analysis of a Bolivian Innovation Grant Fund: Mixing Methods to Verify Relevance, Efficiency and Effectiveness

Journal of Development Effectiveness 9.1 (2016)

We used contribution analysis to verify the key assumption in the intervention logic of an innovation fund in Bolivia directed to economic farmer organisations to develop value-added activities. More details

Contribution analysis of a Bolivian Innovation Grant Fund: Mixing Methods to Verify Relevance, Efficiency and Effectiveness

Journal of Development Effectiveness 9.1 (2016)

We used contribution analysis to verify the key assumption in the intervention logic of an innovation fund in Bolivia directed to economic farmer organisations to develop value-added activities. More details

Article entitled The Triviality of Measuring Ultimate Outcomes.

The Triviality of Measuring Ultimate Outcomes: Acknowledging the Span of Direct Influence

IDS Bulletin 45.6 (2014)

Sustainability standards and certification schemes have been promoted as a market driven instrument for realising development impacts and receive public funding. More details

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Development Impact.