How does the research conducted by CIRAD contribute to sustainable development in Southern countries?
CIRAD takes a research approach for analysing the impact of its activities. In line with other organisations, such as the CGIAR centres, INRA (Asirpa) and the European IMPRESA project, it adopts common concepts and tools and adapts them to its own circumstances.
Called ImpresS (‘IMPact of Research in the South’), CIRAD's methodological approach is based on innovation case studies and takes a participatory approach. The cross-analysis of the case studies has distinguished four models according to the involvement of research, and highlights the essential role of capacity building among actors and of public policies in innovation processes. Transversal analysis of the studies reveals original, sometimes even unexpected, results.
Thirteen case studies have served as an initial support for the development of the ImpresS method. Each case is linked to one of the four models, according to the involvement of research in the innovation process. Transversal analysis of these studies reveals original, sometimes even unexpected, results.