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ISSER Conference Center, University of Ghana, Legon

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CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this convening is to promote evidence from rigorous impact evaluations and research and to encourage increased uptake and utilization of research and innovation in evaluation to influence policy and drive change at the national, regional and global levels.

The conference will provide an excellent platform for researchers, academics, private sector practitioners, development agencies, civil society and policy makers to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships with the overall objective of identifying effective strategies and interventions for ensuring data generated from research and evaluation projects is well utilized.

These convening will provide a platform for industry stakeholders to:

  • Learn about the innovative & cutting-edge research and evaluation projects

  • Discover the range of high quality evidence of what works, where, and why

  • Get actionable information about these research innovation and best practices

  • Discuss strategies for scaling

  • Understand more concretely how evaluation and research results can contribute to systemic change in African agriculture development

OUR APPROACH

The West Africa convening will be held over a two-day (July 25th to 26th) period and will comprise the following activities:

  • Plenary sessions to be addressed by stakeholders

  • Breakout sessions to address specific issues and topics

  • Self-organized side events where institutions can present their programs and galvanize support for their activities

  • An exhibition where organizations can exhibit their projects and activities

  • A business-to-business platform where stakeholders attending the Conference can meet each other on the sidelines of the event

CONGRESS THEME

“Evidence to Action” is premised on the understanding that there are evidenced-based research and evaluation projects that have a huge potential to positively impact Africa’s policy decisions and development agenda.

This conference theme has been broken down into sub-themes highlighting key issues. For each sub-theme various aspects including assessment methods and data, technologies, practices, strategies, investment, policies, cases studies, success stories will be discussed and showcased.

SUBTHEMES

  • Promotion of the adoption of improved technologies

  • Harnessing information and communications technology

  • Developing markets through public-private partnerships

  • Agriculture risk, index insurance and technology

  • Financial inclusion through smart subsidies, impact investing, credit and savings

  • Information and extension: Reaching farmers where they are

  • Evidence synthesis and evaluation result generalization

  • Research and evaluation of agriculture transformation programs in Africa

PARTICIPANTS

Congress participants will be drawn from a diversity of stakeholders across Africa who are involved in the research and evaluation sector.

This includes the following:

  • Relevant government ministries’ representatives
  • Farmer organizations
  • Representatives from universities
  • Development think tanks
  • Research Organizations (National and International)
  • Development agencies and donor community
  • Private Sector organizations/companies
  • Technology promoters/distributors/partners

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ISSER Conference Center, University of Ghana, Legon

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Ghana

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