Small scale farming is an important route out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. However, some types of farming harm the natural services – soil quality, pest control, and pollination - they rely on. Can farming continue to expand and still stay within the limits of the environment? In Ghana, cocoa farming has improved rural livelihoods but likely already damaged ecosystems, whereas in Ethiopia coffee plantations have not. As well as defining the ecological limits in these two systems, this project will look at the key social processes, and...
Impact has always been at the heart of ESPA, but in 2016 and beyond it will become an even bigger focus for us, our researchers and our funders. Hence the reason we have launched a new Impact Strategy. This supercedes all our other strategies (except the Knowledge strategy) from March 2016 onwards.
We aim to fill knowldge gaps with new insights and evidence, and to persuade decision-makers and comunities to act differently by using ecosystems in a sustainable way to improve the the wellbeing of the world's poor.
The pathway for research investments and their findings are typically longer term and occur in very complex contexts. These challenges are unavoidable, but our Impact Strategy and associated Theory of Change aim to overcome those by providing links from a range of activities and outputs in the short, medium and longer term.
Please visit the Making an Impact page to view ESPA's impact stories.
As a researcher, you can draw on many tools to help turn your research into impact, including:
- Impact Toolkit (ESRC): tools and guidance for creating impact
- Research Into Use (DFID): includes examples of how to successfully plan and create impact
- Research into Action (DFID)
- Pathways to Impact guidance (NERC)
- RCUK Impact Framework
If you have any feedback please send it to impact [at] espa.ac.uk