Key themes - progress towards outputs and impact
During this year, the projects that made up RIU's Asia programme
were reviewed: two have been dropped, and the remaining projects have been grouped into four main clusters to increase focus and achieve critical mass:
- Establishing seed delivery systems and promoting capacities for participatory crop improvement: Three projects that focused on promoting the seeds developed through client oriented breeding in Nepal India and Bangladesh have now been refocused and expanded. The focus is now on establishing companies to upscale delivery of new seeds evolved through participatory crop improvement.
- Innovation in value chains: This cluster has three components: a project in Nepal is building and strengthening linkages and partnerships among the market chain actors through promotion of the participatory market chain approach; a project implemented by the International Centre for Underutilized Crops in India is building a value chain through specific interventions to connect small-holder producers of underused crops to markets; and a consortium in Bangladesh is developing a fish seed value chain by creating a role for smallholders as intermediary producers in the value chain for enhancing availability and quality of fish seed.
- Innovation in NRM: RIU has two projects that are trying to promote innovation in natural resources management (NRM). The first, implemented by an NGO in Nepal, focuses on promoting innovations in internal group governance among community forest user groups and introducing active forest management and sustainable harvesting technologies, including enterprise development. The second, implemented by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association in collaboration with the UK's Flood Hazard Research Centre, is promoting innovations in managing floodplains Bangladesh and involves participatory action plan development, adaptive learning among the stakeholders, development and compliance of rights and legal framework for community based management of floodplain resources and resource management for fisheries and crop production. This latter project was selected as a winner in a global competition to recognise organizations that provided farmers with an effective voice.
- Investing in institutions for rural service delivery: Three projects fall under this theme: Roji Rot - promoting sustainable livelihood development in India; rat management for rural communities in Bangladesh; and promoting sustainable coastal aquaculture in Bangladesh.