Disentangling natural resource management impacts – one evaluation at a time

BY DAVID J. SPIELMAN, KWAW ANDAM AND SIMRIN MAKHIJA

Last week was a tough one for our small group of IFPRI researchers in Accra. On Tuesday, we delivered a message to one of our partner organizations there that its project to promote integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) to Ghanaian smallholders did not yield any measurable impacts during the course of our two-year evaluation. Farmers were no more likely to know about, understand, or apply ISFM as a result of the project, plain and simple. (Photo: Curt Carnemark / World Bank)