2011-2013
PolicyComm2: Policy Communications (PP20)
Centers/ProgramsIFPRI
Target RegionsAsia, CWANA, LAC, SSA
Countries of Planned Research Potential Beneficiary Countries
 
India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
 
India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
CGIAR Priorities
1A - Conservation and characterization of staple crops
1B - Promoting conservation ands characterization of under-utilized plant genetic resources to increase the income of the poor
1C - Conservation of indigenous livestock
2C - Enhancing nutritional quality and safety
2D - Genetic enhancement of selected species to increase income generation by the poor
3A - Increasing income from fruit and vegetables
3B - Income increases from livestock
4A - Integrated land, water and forest management and landscape level
4D - Sustainable agro-ecological intensification in low- and high-potential environments
5A - Science and technology policies and institutions
5C - Rural institutions and their governance
5D - Improving research and development options to reduce rural poverty and vulnerability
Development Activities - Development Activities
New Research Areas - New Research Areas
Stand-alone Training - Stand-alone Training
Financing Sources
Members: ADB, Canada, Germany, IDRC, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, World Bank

Non Members: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ComplusAlliance, Concern Worldwide, Deustche Weth, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Others, Unres+Other Sources
Project Overview and Rationale

IFPRI has impact when hungry and poor people in developing countries benefit from its research findings and/or when key stakeholder groups in developing and developed countries turn to IFPRI as a prime resource for factual, timely, and competent information on questions related to food and nutrition security, poverty eradication, and natural resource management.

Goals and Objectives

The general objectives of the Communications Division are to communicate high-quality scientific research results that provide policy solutions to poverty, hunger and malnutrition and to engage in and contribute to policy dialogues on these issues with government bodies, other researchers, and members of civil society.

The goal of policy communications at IFPRI is to support IFPRI’s research and outreach activities by (a) disseminating research findings, (b) enhancing IFPRI’s credibility, (c) improving IFPRI’s accountability to the public and to donor institutions that provide the resources for its work, (d) improving research quality and effectiveness, (e) providing input to ensure continued relevance, and (f) promoting strategic thinking in a learning organization. IFPRI’s Communications Division has segmented its audiences and produces materials based on research results to reach these audiences at multiple levels. The pyramid figure below illustrates how IFPRI segments its audience according to the perceived strength of interest in the details and methodology, understanding of the issues involved, and preferred style of communication; the respective items produced to respond to those needs are noted as well.


Project Rationale

IFPRI will seek to achieve broad impact by generating and communicating timely information on emerging issues and long-term scenarios through its strategic communication activities. IFPRI’s policy communications activities are undertaken through its Communications Division (CD) which works closely with the research and outreach divisions and the 2020 Vision Initiative. State-of-the-art research needs state-of-the-art communications to achieve maximum impact. Increasingly, the Communications Division focuses on two-way communications through vehicles such as multi-stakeholder dialogues and web-based feedback. A new focal area for the policy communications and several other IFPRI research projects will be to assess who the key actors are and the decisionmaking processes that influence food policy decisions that affect the poor.


Project Outputs
Output Title
1: Two-way policy communications inform research agenda of IFPRI and the related research community (one year).
Output Description
This project aims to strengthen the capacity of developing-country journalists in at least one country (in the East Africa region) on food security issues. Through workshops, briefings, and visits to CGIAR centers, journalists will learn about key questions and approaches related to reducing hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in their region and worldwide. The project will enable CGIAR centers to disseminate research results from priority areas and increase their opportunities for impact. Through feedback from the journalists, the project will also help centers improve linkages between research and communication.

CGIAR Priorities
1A, 1B, 2C, 2D, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4D, 5A, 5C, 5D
Countries of Planned Research
India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Intended Users
Policy adviser, policymakers, civil society groups such as researchers, donors, private sector, the media, and the interested public.
Outcome
Policy communications makes IFPRI’s research more relevant to developing-country food policy issues and ensures research results are well-targeted to stakeholders.
Impact
Improved communications result in food policy that is more relevant to reducing hunger and malnutrition in the developing world."

Output Target
Year Target Type Target Description
2011
Capacity
The capacity of developing-country journalists strengthened in East Africa on food security issues.

Output Title
2: Two-way policy communications inform “the expert” stakeholders (please refer to the pyramid categories in the Policy Communications narrative) of key food policy results (one year).
Output Description
This output involves two projects: (1) synthesis and outreach for a major IFPRI research activity, as well as synthesis/outreach for other IFPRI projects, and (2) enhancement of the link between villager and researcher.

The first project focuses on a major IFPRI research activity in order to disseminate its research results to all the key stakeholders, with the goal of enhancing the opportunity for impact. Using a stakeholder database keyed to the audience-pyramid categories (see above), communication materials/activities ranging from panel discussions and publications to online discussions and media briefings will be used to target stakeholders in the policymaking, private-sector, NGO, and media communities. The project aligns mostly with priority area 5.
CGIAR Priorities
5A, 5B, 5C, 5D
Countries of Planned Research
n/a
Intended Users
Policy adviser, policymakers, civil society groups such as researchers, donors, private sector, the media, and the interested public.
Outcome
Policy communications makes IFPRI’s research more relevant to developing-country food policy issues and ensures research results are well-targeted to stakeholders.
Impact
Improved communications result in food policy that is more relevant to reducing hunger and malnutrition in the developing world."

Output Target
Year Target Type Target Description
2010
Practices
Results from at least one large IFPRI research activity that is terminating (possibilities include Pathways from Poverty and Urbanization). Results from other research projects are synthesized for distribution (through web site, publications, presentations, blogs).
2011
Practices
Results from two-way policy communication developed from one pilot village cluster in Africa Results from two-way communications in at least two village clusters in India and Africa assessed. New knowledge created from experiments with three-way communications (village – village – IFPRI).

Note: Financial Tables, Target Regions, CGIAR Priorities and Financing Sources show aggregated data for more than one MTP project and in particular for: - PolicyComm1: 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative (GRP 4) - PolicyComm2: Policy Communications (PP20)


Allocation of Member, Non-Member Grants and other sources to projects, 2009-2011
in $millions

Project Member Actual
2009
Estimated
2010
Proposal
2011
Project Total
3.325
1.974
3.254
Theme 10: Policy CommunicationsMemberADB
0.000
0.040
0.342
Canada
0.016
0.023
0.000
Germany
0.306
0.040
0.342
IDRC
0.000
0.040
0.342
Spain
0.080
0.000
0.000
Sweden
0.053
0.029
0.000
United Kingdom
0.044
0.000
0.000
United States
0.136
0.000
0.000
World Bank
0.045
0.065
0.342
Non MemberBill and Melinda Gates Foundation
1.001
0.220
0.342
ComplusAlliance
-.012
0.022
0.000
Concern Worldwide
0.038
0.023
0.022
Deustche Weth
0.038
0.023
0.022
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
0.004
0.000
0.000
Others
0.442
0.000
0.000
Unres+Other SourcesUnres+Other Sources
1.134
1.449
1.500


Allocation of Project Costs to CGIAR Priorities, 2009-2013
in $millions

Project Actual
2009
Estimated
2010
Proposal
2011
Plan 1
2012
Plan 2
2013
Priorities
Theme 10: Policy Communications
Project Total
3.325
1.974
3.254
2.784
2.895
1A
0.033
0.020
0.033
0.028
0.029
1B
0.013
0.008
0.013
0.011
0.012
1C
0.020
0.012
0.020
0.017
0.017
2C
0.166
0.099
0.163
0.139
0.145
2D
0.166
0.099
0.163
0.139
0.145
3A
0.200
0.118
0.195
0.167
0.174
3B
0.200
0.118
0.195
0.167
0.174
4A
0.249
0.148
0.244
0.209
0.216
4D
0.249
0.148
0.244
0.209
0.217
5A
0.665
0.395
0.651
0.558
0.578
5C
0.333
0.197
0.325
0.278
0.290
5D
0.333
0.197
0.325
0.278
0.290
Development Activities
0.133
0.079
0.130
0.111
0.116
New Research Areas
0.399
0.237
0.390
0.334
0.347
Stand-alone Training
0.166
0.099
0.163
0.139
0.145


Project investment by developing Region, 2009-2013
in $millions

Project Target Regions Actual
2009
Estimated
2010
Proposal
2011
Plan 1
2012
Plan 2
2013
Project Total
3.325
1.974
3.254
2.784
2.895
Theme 10: Policy CommunicationsAsia
0.775
0.480
0.883
0.761
0.802
CWANA
0.084
0.089
0.059
0.051
0.055
LAC
0.414
0.262
0.417
0.355
0.382
SSA
2.052
1.143
1.895
1.617
1.656