The IIASA-IFAD programme is a cornerstone activity in IFAD’s global initiative to conduct rigorous impact evaluations in about 26 countries. It has 2 components: 1) a data enhancement component 2) a scenario building component. These 2 components enhance the data base for the impact evaluations and provide a sector policy and strategy context for these evaluations; and together with IFAD’s impact evaluations programme, these 2 programme components provide policy makers with science-based evidence for policy surveillance and policy development. This programme, in effect, contributes a macro-dimension to IFAD’s impact evaluation work which will lead to more efficient allocation of resources and higher impact of development interventions on rural poor.

Overview: The overall aim of the project is to take advantage of most up-to-date Earth Observation technologies to provide IFAD an advanced monitoring platform for its project and to provide support to IFAD strategic vision through analysis of policy scenarios on future agricultural development in Central Africa and how smallholder farming can be influenced in these regions by some specific programs. It will allow IFAD to clearly demonstrate where and to what effect their activities on the ground are making (or could make in the future), a difference. It will build capacity of local partners in spatial monitoring and in land use planning. This project will generate a public good in the form of a platform and reporting mechanism. All stakeholders will have access to this platform for monitoring past and current land-use change in particular on IFAD projects, and for analyzing future policy scenarios of agricultural development. 

IIASA Research: IIASA wants to develop GLOBIOM further, integrating a farming structure and farming systems’ dimension into it. That involves a number of GLOBIOM enhancements / adjustments. As a result, GLOBIOM will be able to generate globally consistent national assessments that will also serve as the context for IFAD’s impact evaluations and for bringing impact evaluation findings to the policy makers. The data enhancement component supports household-survey and secondary-data based impact evaluation work, with remote sensing data and also with high frequency data related to household consumption, agricultural technology adoption and prices, over a 6 months period, as an experiment in one country to be scaled up after assessment. This provides geo-physical data and a wider set of high-frequency data to contextualize impact evaluations. The scenario building component will provide an evidence-based framework with the GLOBIOM model that will inform policy-makers by providing alternative scenarios on future agricultural development in selected countries. Such scenarios will show how smallholder farming can be influenced by varying policy conditions and will aim to evaluate the extent to which some specific policies may favor a rural structural transformation. At the center of this programme is an important effort to: 1) define smallholder farming and its dynamics in a global-model relevant manner; and 2) identify precision-policy mixes to accompany smallholder transformation.

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Steffen Fritz

EOS Center Head and Deputy Program Director

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Aline Mosnier

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Ian McCallum

Research Scholar

Ecosystems Services and Management

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