CRP commissioned external evaluation (CCEE): Humidtropics

The evaluation is one of the five CRP commissioned evaluations requested by the CGIAR Fund Council, to assist and inform he planning and approval process for Phase II of the CRPs. To assist CRPs in this effort, IEA provided quality assurance advice and support, as well as quality validation and review of processes and outputs.

The specific purpose and objectives of Humidtropics’ CCEE were to:
Provide useful evaluative information to Humidtropics relevant for assessment of performance leading into a full proposal for the second CRP funding cycle. All CRPs are undergoing mid-term evaluations to inform the upcoming second call for CRP proposals in early 2016, which will result in a substantially revised set of CRPs to be initiated in 2017.

  1. Inform Humidtropics’ appraisal process by Humidtropics partners, CO, ISPC, and Fund Council in particular with respect to:

a) Verification of the plausibility of achieving results through Humidtropics’ ToC, related Impact Pathways, and main research areas, as these have been manifested since the program’s approval in 2012, and through subsequent programmatic adjustments made in response to ongoing CGIAR system reforms.

b) Assessment of the adequacy of systems in place for good organizational performance and responsiveness related to governance, partnerships, collaboration, staff, management, planning, monitoring, finance, and accountability.

c) Assessment of the plausibility of the integrated systems approach adopted by Humidtropics. This includes research on new methods, approaches, and tools designed to: improve the capacity to innovate among systems actors; enhance the ability of women and youth to participate in identifying and prioritizing problems and opportunities; experiment with social and technical systems innovations; share knowledge that improves the sustainable intensification of dominant production systems; and support scaling up of innovations towards achieving IDOs and long-term impact.

The Team

Dr. Rosern Rwampororo

Evaluation Team Leader

Dr. Rosern Rwampororo has a Ph.D. in Development Sociology with Agricultural Economics and Program Evaluation from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (January 2001). She has twenty years of working experience in policy and economic analysis on issues pertaining to African development. She also has extensive program management, monitoring, development evaluation, needs and impact assessments skills geared towards poverty reduction. She has worked as an Evaluation Advisor and/or Consultant with international development agencies such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Her country experience spans most of Africa and includes but is not limited to the following: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, and Malawi. She has also worked/studied in other countries such as the USA, United Kingdom, Mexico, and France

Dr. Christine Negra

Evaluation Team Member

Dr. Christine Negra is a consultant in international agricultural development, with a particular emphasis on integrated landscape management and food security in the context of climate change. She is a soil chemist by training, with a PhD from the University of Vermont, and has over 20 years of experience as an Extension agent, a researcher, and a Program director. Dr Negra has provided strategic guidance through leadership roles with EcoAgriculture Partners and the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Her recent publications explore issues in climate-smart agriculture, integrated research systems, private sector engagement, and policy development. She has delivered numerous multi-disciplinary projects, including evaluation design and implementation, in partnership with a diverse set of international research, philanthropic, and finance organizations

Dr. Eric Kueneman

Evaluation Team Member

Dr. Eric Kueneman’s experience encompasses over 60 countries worldwide and he has published widely on plant breeding and applied agronomy. As Director of Kueneman Consultancy (KC), Dr. Kueneman contributes to the interface of global agriculture, food systems, and the environment. KC infuses broad experience in international development, plant breeding, crop production, and protection to provide specific advice to development institutions on formulating, implementing, and evaluating models for good agricultural practices. Prior to his work at KC, Dr. Kueneman served a 23-year career in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), where he directed support to governments on crop production and protection and served as an emissary in negotiations with ministerial policy makers and donors in relation to sustainable agricultural development. He retired from his appointment as Deputy Director of the FAO Crop Protection and Protection Division in April, 2010. He earned his PhD. from Cornell University in Plant Breeding and International Agriculture and he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho.