Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Green Super Rice project monitoring, evaluation, and learning workshop held in Bangladesh

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) jointly organized the Green Super Rice (GSR) project monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) workshop on 8-10 September 2015 at BRAC Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This workshop aimed to create a common understanding of GSR in Bangladesh, to look at how the goals of GSR will be achieved and the roles of its various actors, to define success and how to measure and evaluate it, and to encourage the commitment of the stakeholders to their responsibilities, coordination, and communication.

Dr. Jauhar Ali, IRRI scientist and GSR project leader, welcomed the participants and presented the current status of the project in Asia. He emphasized the need for MEL, especially for the GSR project’s progress to Phase III in Bangladesh. Dr. Md. Sirajul Islam, BRAC GSR Coordinator, and Dr. Helal Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) GSR Coordinator, presented the status of the project in their respective institutions.

There were 35 participants in all from BRAC, BRRI, Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Cooperative, Department of Agricultural Extension, Seed Net, and a representative from the progressive farmers’ group. The participants’ exchange of ideas, through the group and brainstorming activities, was a great contribution and opportunity to fine-tune the targets and specific goals in Bangladesh that will help the project to systematically achieve its objectives for the next phase.

The workshop was facilitated by Andre Ling and Catherine You of ALINe. IRRI scientists Dr. Hope Webber and Dr. Valerien Pede, with UPLB professor Dr. Jose Yorobe Jr., gave valuable inputs and shared their experiences on the impact assessment, monitoring, and evaluation.

At the end of the workshop, the revised theory of change and commitment to the roles and responsibilities of each institution were highlighted. The report on this workshop will be submitted by ALINe to Sentinel Grants of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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