|Best Practices: Strengthening Policy Research Capacity around the World (IFPRI, 2000, 6 p.)|
IFPRIs training and capacity-strengthening activities have imparted policy research and analytical skills to almost 1,300 professionals from more than 50 developing countries over the past 15 years. The scale and focus of IFPRIs training have varied widely, from one-on-one training with policy researchers, to small groups of key policy analysts, to large groups of enumerators. Capacity-strengthening activities have been integral to IFPRIs research projects throughout their life cycle, from training for strategic planning and data collection techniques before research begins, to policy communication training after research ends. Topics have been in line with IFPRIs broad research areas: food consumption and nutrition, production technology and environmental management, markets and structural studies, and macroeconomics and trade policies.
IFPRIs training and capacity-strengthening activities yield two major benefits: first, they empower participants by exposing them to key emerging food policy issues and helping them become informed discussants in their countries. Second, they give participants techniques and methods for analyzing food policy options in their countries.