CRP evaluation of Wheat

The CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT (WHEAT) is led by CIMMYT and operated in partnership with ICARDA and other partners. WHEAT aims at increasing the productivity of wheat farming systems in order to serve the 2.5 billion poor consumers for whom wheat is a staple food, and to bring benefits to wheat producers and enhance the sustainability of wheat systems.

The CRP brings together over 200 research and development partners that include national agricultural research systems, non-governmental organizations, advanced research institutes, civil society organizations, farmer organizations, and the private sector. WHEAT is a member of Wheat Initiative, a worldwide coordination mechanism and resource platform for wheat research.

The primary purpose of this evaluation is to enhance the contribution that WHEAT is likely towards reaching the CGIAR goals and enhancing the productivity and sustainability of wheat-based farming systems and the livelihoods of poor producers and consumers of wheat in developing countries.

As with all CRP evaluations, the purpose of the evaluation of WHEAT is to provide essential evaluative information for decision-making by Program management and its funders on issues such as extension, expansion and structuring of the program and adjustments in some aspects of the program.

The Team

Wallace (Wally) Beversdorf

Evaluation Team Leader

Since 2005 Wally has been an independent consultant, involved in several reviews of research, including CSIRO Flagship program reviews and 2007 mid-term review of the Generation Challenge Program. Before 2005 he worked over 10 years in the private seed sector, including positions as Head of Novartis world-wide R&D, Head of Syngenta Plant Science and Vice President for Syngenta Biotechnology. He has also worked in the academia, holding positions at the Guelph University. He has a PhD in plant breeding and genetics.

Sylvie Brouder

Evaluation Team Member

Since 2005 Sylvie has served as Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University where she has been working for nearly 20 years. She is also Director of the Purdue University Water Quality Field Station. Her research interests include crop nutrient use efficiency, agroecosystem viability and sustainability and ecophysiology linked to abiotic stress tolerance. Through her teaching, outreach and consultancy activities she has been involved in international agricultural research and science agenda development. She has PhD in ecology.

Deborah (Debbie) Templeton

Evaluation Team Member

Until September 2013 Debbie worked for ACIAR for over 10 years primarily managing the Impact Assessment program. Between ACIAR employment, Debbie also worked for 3 years as social scientist (impact assessment specialist) at IRRI. She has experience in capacity building in research evaluation and impact assessment and in managing and conducting impact assessments. She has PhD in economics.

Rasheed Sulaiman

Evaluation Team Member

Rasheed is the Director of the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy in India (since 2006). Prior to that, he worked as senior scientist at the National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research at ICAR. He has expertise in agricultural extension systems and policy, and agricultural innovation system. His research also covers the role of private sector and public-private partnerships, developing new approaches to reaching rural women and evaluation of ICTs in agriculture. He has a PhD in agricultural extension.

Paramjit (Pammi) Sachdeva

Evaluation Team Member

Pammi is specialized in program and institutional assessment and HR management with expertise also in capacity development, systems analysis and organizational design. Since 2001 he has worked as an independent consultant and been involved in a number of external reviews of CGIAR Centers and programs, and in international development project and human resource management consultancies. Previously he worked at the World Bank as senior management specialist and advisor and earlier in his career at ISNAR as senior research officer. He has a PhD in social systems sciences.