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...
Partnership and Project Development Projects
The ESPA Partnership and Project Development Grants were funded in 2010, with the aim of enabling researchers to develop substantial, realistic and relevant research partnerships and research strategies in order to develop proposals for subsequent ESPA funding rounds.
Partnership and Project Development Grants were intended to support the following kinds of activity and the resources needed to undertake them:
- Evidence gathering, strategic reviews and research needs/impacts assessments
- Planning and hosting research meetings in order to build collaborations and develop research questions and hypotheses
- Building appropriate research strategies, methodologies plans and proposals
- Bringing together new working partnerships (south–south and north–south), collaborations and management mechanisms
- Identifying and engaging with the appropriate decision-makers and beneficiaries
- Developing leadership teams and project management procedures
- Developing communication strategies and impact plans