Tuesday, 14 September

Registration 10:00 – 14:00
Inauguration   14:30 – 15:45

Chair and opening comments:  Fernando Chaparro, Chairman of the International Steering Committee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, CIAT.

Introductory remarks by the Convening Centres:

  • Ruben Guevara, CATIE
  • Grant Scobie, CIAT
  • Carlos Aquino, IICA

Presentation by Dr. Esteban Brenes, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Costa Rica (to be confirmed)

Official Inauguration and Welcome by His Excellency Dr. Miguel A. Rodríguez, President of the Republic of Costa Rica (to be confirmed)

Cofee Break   15:45 – 16:15
Keynote Address   16:15 – 18:00

Invited speaker: Dr. José María Figueres O. (ex-president of the Republic of Costa Rica)

Commentators: Michael Lipton and Edward Schuh

Open Discussion

Break 18:00 – 19:00
Cocktail 19:00 – 20:00
Opening Dinner 20:00 – 22:00

Chair: Carlos Aquino

Invited speaker: Dr. Rebeca Grynspan



Wednesday, 15 September – MORNING SESSIONS

Theme #1 Sharpening understandings – political economy

Plenary 8:30 – 10:30

Moderator: Emmy Simmons

  • Alain de Janvry – Poverty: An overview and causalities
  • Alberto Valdés – An overview on the nature of rural poverty in Latin America
  • Janice Perlman – The dynamics of the urban poor and implications for public policy

Commentators: Cecilia Lopez and Gerardo Escudero

COFFEE BREAK  10:30 – 11.00

Parallel Sessions (Breakout Rooms) 11:00 – 12:30

Profiles of Poverty
H. Ravnborg

Profiles of Poverty
L.R. Sanint

Profiles of Poverty
P. Kristjanson

S. Sepulveda

M. ter Kuile

M. Altieri

David Bigman
Targeting agricultural R&D for poverty reduction: general principles and an illustration for Sub-Saharan Africa

Gregoire Leclerc
The use of unit-level census data for research on poverty: A multiscale approach

Berk Özler
Is census income an adequate measure of household welfare? Combining census and survey data to construct a poverty map of South Africa

Rafael Echeverri
Critical analysis of strategic criteria of rural poverty alleviation programmes

Juan Izquierdo
Heterogeneity poverty scenarios as a factor of technology demand in latin america and the caribbean

Carlos Pomareda
La profundización de la pobreza y la creciente dificultad para resolverla: los hechos no revelados
(The deepening of poverty and the increased complexity of solutions: The untold facts)


Martine Dirven
Rural poverties and innovation in agriculture

Peter Hazell
Impact of public investment in agricultural research and infrastructure on  growth and poverty alleviation in rural India

Clara Solís
Sustainable rural development within the framework of a new vision of ruralism: opportunities and challenges


Carlos Felipe Jaramillo
Policy reforms and the rural sector: Salvador and Colombia, a case of non-identical twins

Cecilia Lopez
Some fundamentals needing change to alleviate poverty

Jacqueline Ashby
Poverty and Gender: A proposal for Action Research

Sara Scherr
Sharpening the focus on poverty in public international agricultural research for development

Edward Schuh
The household: The neglected link in research and programs for poverty alleviation

Diana Carney
Holistic approaches to poverty reduction: where does agricultural research fit in?

Kene Ezemenari
On the relative merits of food based production versus consumption transfers to reduce poverty and the implications for agricultural research

Federico Perali
The cost of children, demographic targeting, and poverty: An example for Colombia

LUNCH 12:30 – 14:00


Wednesday, 15 September - AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Theme #2Clarifying the research-poverty linkages

Plenary   14:00 – 16.00

Moderator: Paul Egger

  • Derek Byerlee – Targeting poverty alleviation in priority setting in NARS: Theory and practice
  • Keijiro Otsuka – Role of agricultural research in poverty reduction: Lessons from Asian experience

Commentators: Elizabeth Sadoulet and Jock Anderson

COFFEE BREAK  16:00 – 16:30

Parallel Sessions (Breakout Rooms) 16:30 – 18:00

K. Mez

P. Ferreira

M. Shah

M. Dirven

E. Alarcón

S. Scherr

Thomas Kuby
Innovation is a social process. What does this mean for impact assessment in agricultural research?

Cyrus Ndiritu
Planning, monitoring and evaluation for enhanced institutional efficiency and effectiveness: the case of kari

Catalina Ramos
Agendas de investigación orientada: un camino que acerca la investigación a la comunidad.
(Agenda of orientated research: A path which brings research closer to the community)

Gonzalo Rodríguez
Correspondencia entre el desarrollo de tecnología para la agroindustria de la panela con el alivio de la pobreza y la protección del ambiente y los recursos naturales: el caso de la hoya del río suárez (colombia)
(The linkages between R and D for the Panela agroindustry with poverty alleviation and NR conservation: The case of Hoya Del Rio Suarez in Colombia)

Luis Roberto Sanint
Tecnologías de mejoramiento de germoplasma que benefician al consumidor:
los casos de ganadería vacuna y arroz en América Latina y el Caribe
(Germplasm-based technologies that benefit consumers: The case of livestock and rice in Latin America and the Caribbean)

P. Anadajayaser
Agricultural research and poverty alleviation: Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa

Catalina Diaz 
Reaching the poor with effective micro credit: Evaluation of a grameen bank replication in the Philippines

Nancy Johnson
The impact of crop improvement research on rural poverty: A spatial analysis of BGMV-resistant bean varieties in Honduras

Helen Altshul 
The impacts of post-harvest crop research on poverty alleviation: Two case studies from Northern Ghana

Abiodun Falusi
Effect of technology change and commercialisation on income equity in nigeria: the case of improved cassava

M.V. Gottret
An Analysis of a Cassava Integrated Research and Development Approach: Has it Really Contributed to Poverty Alleviation?

Mauricio Bellon 
Expanding the benefits: Farmers’ transformation of a CIMMYT technology to suit the poor

Roger Kirkby 
Assessing the impact of bush bean varieties on poverty reduction in sub-saharan africa: evidence from uganda

Elske van de Fliert
Integrative, farmer-participatory methodology for poverty-sensitive research: Sweetpotato and potato integrated crop management in Southeast Asia

Chris Edmonds
The effect of technology transfer program participation on small farms in Chile

Yiching Song
Formal system and farmers' system: the impact of CIMMYT maize germplasm in South-western China

Elisabeth Sadoulet
Income transfer programs and rural poverty: PROCAMPO in Mexico.



Thursday, 16 September – MORNING SESSIONS

Theme #3Testing the resource degradation-poverty linkage

Plenary 8.00 – 10.00

Moderator: Jacqueline Ashby

  • Peter Hazell – "The impact of agricultural research and the poor: A review of the state of knowledge".
  • Mitch Renkow – "Poverty, productivity, and production environment: A review of the evidence"

Commentators: José Maria Figueres and Joachim Voss

COFFEE BREAK  10.00 – 10:30

Parallel Sessions (Breakout Rooms) 10.30am – 12.00pm

R. Kirkby

C. Seré

S. Wood

F. Montagnini

E. Contini

Juan Aguirre
Poverty and environmental services (ES): Invoice for tropical biodiversity and ecosystem management

Scott Rozelle
Commercializing Agricultural Research, Fungible Government Investment, and Poverty: Lessons from China

Sara Scherr
A Downward Spiral? New Research Evidence on the Relationship Between Poverty and Natural Resource Degradation

Kees Prins
Conservation and Poverty Alleviation. The view and practice of the poor.

Manuel Paulet
Los recursos naturales y la condición socioeconómica de la comunidad: Experiencias en la sierra del Perú
(Natural resources and poverty in the community: The case of the Peruvian Highlands)

T.J. Wyatt
Poverty and degradation: What is the real linkage? Evidence from Madagascar and the Sahel

Bruno Barbier 
Poverty and natural resource degradation in Honduras: An assessment at country level

Dieter Kirschke
How do human-induced factors influence soil erosion in developing countries? The role of poverty, population pressure and agricultural intensification.

Helle Ravnborg
Poverty and soil management: Is there a vicious cycle?

Abelardo Rodríguez 
Assessing links between rural poverty and natural resource endowments.

Tom Reardon
Links between poverty and the environment: focus on asset categories and investment poverty, with illustrations from Latin America and Africa, and implications for policy and research.

Miguel Altieri
Designing a natural resource management strategy for poor farmers in marginal environments

Jock Anderson
Poverty, land degradation, and rural research policy

Michael Peters 
The role of forages in reducing poverty and degradation of natural resources in tropical production systems

LUNCH  12:00 – 13:00


Thursday, 16 September – AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Theme #4Improving design and monitoring

Plenary   13:00 – 15:00

Moderator: Martin Piñeiro

  • Julio Berdegué - Agricultural research, institutions and rural poverty alleviation
  • Walter Coward - Building Natural Assets Re-thinking the Centers’ Natural Resources Agenda And Its Links to Poverty Alleviation
  • Gordon Rausser - Negotiating Public/Private R&D Alliances

Commentators: Guido Gryseels and Cristina David

COFFEE BREAK  15:00 – 15:30

Parallel Sessions (Breakout Rooms) 15:30 – 17:00

M.V. Gottret

J.L. Restrepo

Impact &
Priority Setting
N. Johnson

Impact &
Priority Setting
D. Dalrymple

S. Mathur

Kenneth Menz
Poverty Alleviation through Agricultural Research–the ACIAR Experience

Dieter Neubert
Poverty alleviation as intervention in complex and dynamic social fields

Kalanidhi Subbarao
Impact evaluation: A note on concepts and methods


Adrian Fajardo
Are international agricultural research and the poor well connected?:An institutional cognitive pattern approach

R. Padmaja
Enhancing research-poverty alleviation linkages: The ICRISAT experience

Paul Perrault
Agricultural research and poverty alleviation in India management issues


James Oehmke
Is ‘Good Science’ good enough to alleviate poverty"? Lessons from African impact assessment studies

Louise Shaxson
Indicating the exit: towards a holistic framework for monitoring agricultural research

Patti Kristjanson
Integrated methods of assessing the impacts of livestock research on poor people

Simeon Ehui
The role of improved livestock technologies in poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa: A multi-region, economy-wide analysis

Paul Siegel
Identifying relative resource scarcity when small holders are faced with multiple and interlinked constraints: Lessons from Malawi and Zambia

Thomas Walker
Agricultural research and poverty: CIP’s experience in priority setting and impact evaluation

Andrew Hall
Why research partnerships really matter: Innovation theory, institutional arrangements, and implications for developing new technology for the poor

Robert Kalyebara
A comparison of factors affecting adoption of improved coffee management recommendations between small and larger farmers in Uganda

Dominique Hounkonnou
New partnerships for poverty alleviation in Africa. Learning from local dynamics.


Thursday, 16 September – AFTERNOON

Reports of Parallel Sessions  17:00 – 18:30

Chair: Ruben Guevara

  • Report from Theme 1: Emmy Simmons
  • Report from Theme 2: Paul Egger
  • Report from Theme 3: Jacqueline Ashby
  • Report from Theme 4: Martin Piñeiro


  • Michael Lipton
  • Edward Schuh
Closing Session: Her Excellency, Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Dr. Astrid Fischell

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