CRP commissioned external evaluation (CCEE): Grain Legumes

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 evaluation addressed six overarching questions:
Relevance: Global development, urbanisation and technological innovation are progressing rapidly, are the aims and focus of Grain Legumes coherent, robust, fit for purpose and relevant to the global community?

  1. Efficiency: Is the structure and effectiveness of leadership across Grain Legumes developing efficient partnership management and project management across PLs?
  2. Quality of science: Is Grain Legumes utilising a wide range of technologies in a way that will increase our fundamental understanding of the biology that underpins several PLs; and are collected data used in the most effective way?
  3. Effectiveness: Are Product Lines strategic contributors to the overarching aims and vision for Grain Legumes?
  4. Impact: Are the impact pathways that underlie each PL well defined, measureable and achievable; and are they sufficiently defined in terms of beneficiaries? Does progress towards achieving outputs and outcomes from the major research areas indicate a lasting benefit for CGIAR and the communities it serves?
  5. Sustainability: Is Grain Legumes managing the increasing level of restricted funding in terms of program quality and effectiveness, including attracting and retaining quality staff?

The Team

Professor Jim Dunwell

Evaluation Team Leader

Nationally he was a member of the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit panel on economic aspects of GM crops (2003), and a member of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, part of the Food Standards Agency (2001-2006). From 2001-2006, he was the ex officio ACNFP representative on the Advisory Committee on releases to the Environment (Defra), and he was then appointed to this committee in his own right in October 2006. He was a member of the Royal Society working group on biological approaches to crop plant production 2008-2009 (including workshop in Delhi), and was asked by the UK Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington to prepare a review on Crop Biotechnology for the Government Foresight exercise (2010). He was also part of the group that prepared an update on GM for the present Chief Scientist Sir Mark Walport and the Council of Science and Technology in 2014. Amongst many review activities in Chair and member positions, for the BBSRC in the UK) he served on the panel for the joint BBSRC India Biotechnology Department (DBT) programme, Delhi 2014. Internationally he was a member of the panel reviewing projects for the Flemish government (2004) and the review team for the joint Swiss Government/India Biotechnology Department programme in biotechnology. He chaired of the review of GM technology programme for the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (2006) and has reviewed project grants for government organisations in many countries including the USA, Singapore, South Africa, Denmark, and Holland. He spoke at workshops in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania, organised by Biosciences for Agriculture in Africa (B4FA) in 2013/14.

Professor David Midmore

Evaluation Team Member

His initial research undertaken with CIMMYT in Mexico in the mid-70’s led to the development of wheat as a true tropical crop (in the sense that it can now be cultivated in the lowlands of the tropics), an achievement that he replicated with the tropical potato while at CIP in the 1980’s. He worked with the private sugar industry in the Caribbean, in Taiwan at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre in the early 1990’s and since 1995 he holds an appointment as Foundation Professor of Plant Science at CQ University. His extensive experience in tropical horticulture led to the invitation to write for CABI on the subjects of ‘The principles of tropical horticulture’ and ‘Asian vegetables’. He has an holistic grasp of the issues facing the future of global agriculture and horticulture, and his opinions and input are sought widely, including by the DFID, USAID, ACIAR, USDA and the CGIAR where he has undertaken Programme and Consortium reviews. He reviews regularly proposed and ongoing projects for a number of national institutions/agencies [e.g. Finland, Singapore, Qatar]. His research has led to impact in the potato, bamboo and vegetable industries in Asia and in Australia.

Associate Professor Carol Wagstaff:

Evaluation Team Member

As a member of staff with the University of Reading for the past 8 years, and prior to that with both industry and university positions, she has a good grasp of how to ensure that research leads into impact. Her main aims are to improve the quality of food, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, as well as helping consumers make healthy dietary choices. Working at the interface between plants and humans she investigates which phytochemicals and crop matrix benefit the consumer, in particular focusing on gut health. She also has a practical background in resource allocation in crops and yield improvement. She has been an advisor to the FoodPlus Programme at Crops for the Future Research Centre, Malaysia, a Strategic Advisor to the Produce Quality Group, East Malling Research, UK, the Conference Chair for Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables 2015, Spain, and an Advisory Board Member for Journal of Experimental Botany. Recently she has developed formal connection and funding through the UK Knowledge Transfer Programme, which links industry with universities to fast-track uptake of research outcomes. She is also the Director of The Food Advanced Training Partnership.

Dr Shirley Smith

Evaluation Team Member

Her doctoral studies, completed 2012, explored the relationships and linkages between government, mining company and civil society stakeholders using the framework of corporate social responsibility within the context of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She focused on the impact of governance systems on grass roots representation and how representatives gain authority for their actions in multi-stakeholder groups. Advisor to NGO in Madagascar, ad hoc 2006-2013: Research and project design to support funding applications. Health and Safety Consultant: Developed risk based approach to projects for international volunteers working with rural communities as well as practical assistance with project delivery. Health and Safety Manager, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), London, UK, 1990-2006: Occupational Health and Safety (H&S) System Development and Advisory Team Leadership. She managed multiple projects delivering strategic management tools to aid and monitor H&S implementation. Accountable for the delivery of cost effective and consistent support to programme makers and news-gatherers enabling them to be innovative and creative whilst operating within a healthy, safe and secure environment.