An evaluation of the ACIAR Agriculture Sector Linkages Program
As a learning organisation, ACIAR is committed to understanding the diverse outcomes delivered by the research collaborations we develop, to demonstrate the value of investment of public funds, to continuously improve research design and to increase the likelihood that ACIAR- funded research improves the lives of farming communities in our partner countries.
This report presents a suite of evaluations of the Agriculture Sector Linkages Program, co-funded by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ACIAR, from 2005 to 2015. The program, based in the Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan, focused on enhancing agricultural value chains for citrus, dairy and mango, for the benefit of the rural poor.
The program was an opportunity for Australian agencies to partner with Pakistani researchers and ministries to advance the development of key agricultural sectors, seeking particularly to understand pathways to adoption for improved practices in Pakistan.
The ASLP experience highlights some lessons for ACIAR to consider. Learning from and applying these lessons would help ensure that the ASLP experience was worthwhile, not only for the practical outputs it achieved, but for the foundation it provided for future ACIAR programs.