The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Joint Impact Assessment of CTA’s support to CARDI

This In-depth assessment of the impact of CTA funding, through joint initiatives with CARDI, is the culmination of a three-phased undertaking. The in-depth assessment results coincide significantly with the findings of the first two phases of the Capacity Centered Impact Pathway Analysis (CcIPA). The impacts documented herein are reinforced by the use of embedded quick response codes that link to the “proof” of impact whether such impact is in changed perception, improved operations or personal/institutional development.
CARDI conducted its CcIPA by reviewing its collaboration with CTA over the period 2004 to 2012. For ease of analysis, and in recognition of the internal and contextual changes that took place in CARDI over the period, two distinct but complementary eras were assessed, 2004-2007 and 2008-2012. There were subtle and progressive changes in the nature of the deliverables from 2004 to 2012. In terms of project complexity, there was an increasing trend towards projects involving more intricately linked activities with measurable outputs.As a consequence of the project-based funding arrangements between CTA and CARDI there was a concentration on tangible deliverables that could be verified within the project timeline. The deliverables were primarily outputs as opposed to the eventual outcomes at the heart of a CcIPA. In all of the CTA-CARDI collaborations, including those not a part of the CcIPA, all the listed deliverables were verified as part of financial accountability procedures.The CcIPA projects were representative in terms of scope, geographical range, chronological sequence and CTA financial investment. Total listed value of the projects is 1,151.554.60 Euros, with the ten 2004-2007 projects worth 454,272.35 Euros and the latter ten worth 697,282.25 Euros (a difference between the two groups of an estimated €100,000, if constant 2007 prices are used). The partnership between the two organizations spans over close to two decades but the period covered is between 2004 and 2012 and is valued at 1,773,812 Euros.The three areas upon which the “in-depth” focus was brought to bear were truly reflective of the range of thematic nodes supported by CTA-CARDI. The three areas involved technology, skills development, and policy formulation and were best evidenced through interventions via Web 2.0, Representative Media, and Climate Change, respectively. The representative Web 2.0 activity included in the review process was successful and timely.
It planted internet-based ideas in the minds of a range of agricultural professionals with respect to new methodologies and platforms. The seminars in Web 2.0 raised the levels of in-house expertise to communicate with various publics using internet-based systems. It enhanced participants’ capacity to interact with younger stakeholders and there was archived evidence that the training course-packs were shared with peers. The information and techniques emboldened the participants to use additional formats to inform and guide stakeholders.The two major activities, emanating from the representative media theme selected, were a sensitization workshop and coverage of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture. The range of assessed deliverables included Podcasts, press stories, video and radio offerings. In another dramatic indication of the interconnectedness of the CARDI-CTA themes, one of the remarkable success stories includes the amalgamation of new media and agricultural journalism. These analyzed media activities were successfully completed and led to significant impacts. More prominence accrued to the CARDI brand as the Association of Caribbean Media-workers was able to apprise a wider array of stakeholders of CARDI research findings and practical solutions. The Media engaged the gamut of stakeholders from producers to policy makers and gave prominence to their individual perspectives.The verifiable outcomes included heightened sensitivity to a range of issues impacting the agricultural sector and national development in light of climate change. There were confirmed instances where the temporarily raised profile of the sector afforded stakeholders bargaining power with State and funding authorities. The empathetic reporting of stakeholder concerns engendered a greater sensitivity to the natural and man-made constraints to mitigation and adaptations strategies. Testimonies by leading Caribbean journalists are reported herein. Many of those remedial or proactive strategies required cross-sectoral cooperation and Government policy harmonization.The deliverables under the Climate Change theme ranged from practical mitigation and adaptation models, policy guidelines, and internationally significant cutting edge research to on farm best practice. These projects reflected the shift towards interrelated activities each with core deliverables. These outputs were synchronized into quantifiable outcomes. Although funded as projects, the Climate Change activities are all linked to knowledge systems that have led to verifiable changes in policy direction, on-farm operations and philosophical perspective. The use of e-consultations broadened the participatory base for virtual attendance at the live workshops. The case studies provided on-farm prescriptions to effect mitigation and adaptation measures. Linking the case studies, Caribbean-focused climate modeling to professionally packaged media sound bytes, webcasts and print articles led to wider public education.The success factors for the CARDI-CTA collaborations are the intra- and inter-sectoral linkages. Examples provided in this report abound and include the fact that a CTA-sponsored workshop may have led participants to access greenhouse technology and hardware through a related initiative funded by a Government or a regional institution.