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This paper presents the results of a socioeconomic assessment of the impacts of improved barley varieties used in two breeding programs: a conventional plant breeding (CPB) program and a participatory plant breeding (PPB) program. The participatory breeding program, which is run in Syria, was...

From banana cultivation in Uganda to fighting desertification in the Sahel, researchers are learning that they need to change the way they confront natural resource issues. With help from Canada's International Development Research
Centre, they are recruiting local people to lead the fight...

Canada''s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Focus Cities research initiative supports multi-stakeholder research teams in cities around the world to promote awareness, policy options, and best practices for reducing environmental impacts. It aims at implementing pilot projects to...

This paper examines the conventional wisdom concerning competition advocacy, paying particular attention to the applicability of such wisdom to developing countries. The definition of competition advocacy, its evaluation, and the likelihood of its successful implementation are discussed in some...