Science Talk: Documenting the reach and impacts of CGIAR related innovations, New approaches and emerging evidence from the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment research portfolio

  • Date
  • Time
    02:30 pm > 04:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 2, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Institutional innovations, Healthy Diets, Better Crops, Future Frontiers & Scaling Innovations

CGIAR requires an overall approach to impact evidence for accountability and learning at the System level. SPIA approach aims to both strive to the highest standards of rigor and acknowledge the long and complex causal pathways to impact of CGIAR research, stemming from uncertainties inherent to the scientific progress, development processes, interactions between innovations within bundles or at System level, and rapidly changing climatic, agro-ecological, and socioeconomic contexts.  

To understand the returns to CGIAR investments, first, reliable estimates of the “reach” of CGIAR research at country level are needed.  Tracking such reach in priority countries can document progress towards impact and help understand adoption and dis-adoption decisions by different types of users. Evidence on whether key target audiences (women, youth, poor, remote farmers) choose to adopt these innovations is a first step to understanding impact. 

Second, estimates of the benefit per person/community reached are also needed. These benefit estimates can be small for many innovations, and may even be negative for some, while a minority of research investments or specific innovation bundles may have benefits that are transformational for the people reached. These real-world impacts are not easy to predict, and likely contested by different parties, so they should be empirically and independently estimated through rigorous causal impact assessment studies.  

In this session, CGIAR and independent researchers working with SPIA will present emerging evidence on the reach and impacts of CGIAR research and will discuss the importance to use rigorous methods to generate credible and relevant evidence needed by different CGIAR decision-making processes. 

Tentative Program 

Moderator: Berber Kramer (IFPRI) 

Presentation 1: Sujata Visaria: Measuring the adoption of bundled innovations at scale: Lessons from the 1M5R package in Vietnam.

Presentation 2: Davis Gimode (SPIA & Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT): Leveraging DNA marker data for crop variety identification in the Uganda National Panel Survey. 

Presentation 3: Emmanuel Leeta (SPIA & Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT): Assessing Seed System Resilience with Structured Genotyping in Uganda  

Presentation 4: Kelvin Shikuku (ILRI). Long term diffusion and impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance 


  • Sujata Visaria, SPIA member, Reader City, University of London; Associate Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR
  • Davis Gimode, SPIA Bioinformatics Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT 
  • Emmanuel Leeta, SPIA Agricultural Economist, Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT 
  • Kelvin Shikuku, Scientist (Economist), International Livestock Research Institute