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Measuring the poverty impact of ACIAR projects: a broad framework

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This report sets out some broad ideas about how poverty evaluation could be conducted for ACIAR research projects. As with good benefit–cost analysis, there are good practices that need to be observed when undertaking poverty analysis. While poverty is a broad concept, and can be addressed through many means, these need to be grounded in some common understanding of the economics of poverty. This report is concerned mostly with quantitative evaluation, in the same sense that current ACIAR project evaluations are quantitative. That is, it is concerned with saying something about the order of magnitude of the effects of the project. Of course, qualitative analysis is important, and in most cases is a prelude to quantification — there is little point quantifying if you don’t understand what you are talking about. Quantification, however, provides a discipline and focus for qualitative speculation and provides an important extra dimension when comparing the effects of different projects. When quantifying, there are many sensible approaches that could be adopted. We will focus here on approaches that are broadly consistent with the current approaches to benefit–cost analysis and that could readily be used to augment those approaches. The report begins by reviewing some basic notions of poverty (Chapter 2) and then goes on (Chapter 3) to discuss in principle the ways that agricultural research could influence poverty. Chapter 4 explains, with the use of some examples, a range of analytical approaches that could be taken, and Chapter 5 draws some specific implications for ACIAR.

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  • Pearce, David, 2002. "Measuring the poverty impact of ACIAR projects: a broad framework," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 47697, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
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    1. Watson, Alistair S., 1998. "Raw wool production and marketing in China: ACIAR project 8811," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 47193, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    2. Tisdell, Clement A. & Wilson, Clevo, 2001. "Breeding and feeding pigs in Australia and Vietnam," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 47695, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    3. George, P.S., 1998. "Increased efficiency of straw utilisation by cattle and buffalo," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 47191, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
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    1. McLeod, Ross, 2003. "Improved Methods for the Diagnosis and Control of Bluetongue in Small Ruminants in Asia and the Epidemiology and Control of Bovine Ephemeral Fever in China," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113226, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    2. Pearce, David & Monck, Michael & Chadwick, Kevin & Corbishley, James, 2006. "Benefits to Australia from ACIAR-funded Research," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113213, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    3. Pearce, David & Monck, Michael, 2006. "Benefits to Australia of selected CABI products," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113171, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    4. Jiang, Tingsong & Pearce, David, 2005. "Shelf-life Extension of Leafy Vegetables: Evaluating the Impacts," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113218, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    5. Warner, Robert & Bauer, Marcia, 2002. "Mama Lus Frut scheme: an assessment of poverty reduction," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 47698, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    6. Bauer, Marcia & Pearce, David & Vincent, David P., 2003. "Saving a Staple Crop: Impact of Biological Control of the Banana Skipper on Poverty Reduction in Papua New Guinea," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113227, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    7. van Bueren, Martin, 2004. "Eucalypt Tree Improvement in China," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113221, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    8. Obeng, George Yaw & Evers, Hans-Dieter, 2009. "Solar PV rural electrification and energy-poverty: A review and conceptual framework with reference to Ghana," MPRA Paper 17136, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. McLeod, Ross, 2003. "Improved Methods in Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Information Management of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Southeast Asia," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113248, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    10. van Bueren, Martin, 2004. "Acacia Hybrids in Vietnam," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113223, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    11. Pearce, David, 2005. "Identifying the Sex Pheromone of the Sugarcane Borer Moth Economic impact of ACIAR project CS2/1991/680," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113216, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
    12. Corbishley, James & Pearce, David, 2006. "Zero Tillage for Weed Control in India: the Contribution to Poverty Alleviation," Impact Assessment Series (IAS) 113172, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

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