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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/107977
Title:
Agro-environmental project duration and effectiveness in South-east Asia
Authors:
Subedi, Madhu; Fullen, Michael A.; Hocking, Trevor J.; McCrea, Alison R.; Milne, Eleanor
Abstract:
Considerable emphasis has been placed on developing technologies for agricultural sustainability. Many bilateral projects are working to achieve this outcome. A desk review was conducted to study the importance of project duration for the effectiveness of sustainable agricultural projects. Longer-duration projects were successful in addressing more holistic issues than short projects. However, funding agencies tend to fund shorter-duration projects, so projects become progressively shorter. At the same time, the number of projects implemented each year is increasing. Despite the decrease in total development assistance, increases in project numbers, particularly since 1986, appear to be at the cost of project duration. Short project duration was one of the most cited reasons for not completing essential dissemination activities for wider adoption, whereas longer- duration projects were usually considered more successful in addressing more holistic issues. It is difficult to produce tangible outputs from agricultural and soil conservation projects within five years. Considering the slow changes in the system and in agricultural and environmental sustainability, the authors suggest that project developers should be advised to plan for a minimum of 5–10 years, depending on the nature of activities. It is time for funding agencies to reconsider their tendency to fund shorter-duration projects.
Citation:
Outlook on agriculture, 39(2), 107-114
Publisher:
IP Publishing
Journal:
Outlook on agriculture
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/107977
Additional Links:
http://www.ippublishing.com/oa.htm
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0030-7270
Appears in Collections:
Plant and Environmental Research Group

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSubedi, Madhuen
dc.contributor.authorFullen, Michael A.en
dc.contributor.authorHocking, Trevor J.en
dc.contributor.authorMcCrea, Alison R.en
dc.contributor.authorMilne, Eleanoren
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-20T12:59:13Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-20T12:59:13Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationOutlook on agriculture, 39(2), 107-114en
dc.identifier.issn0030-7270-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/107977-
dc.description.abstractConsiderable emphasis has been placed on developing technologies for agricultural sustainability. Many bilateral projects are working to achieve this outcome. A desk review was conducted to study the importance of project duration for the effectiveness of sustainable agricultural projects. Longer-duration projects were successful in addressing more holistic issues than short projects. However, funding agencies tend to fund shorter-duration projects, so projects become progressively shorter. At the same time, the number of projects implemented each year is increasing. Despite the decrease in total development assistance, increases in project numbers, particularly since 1986, appear to be at the cost of project duration. Short project duration was one of the most cited reasons for not completing essential dissemination activities for wider adoption, whereas longer- duration projects were usually considered more successful in addressing more holistic issues. It is difficult to produce tangible outputs from agricultural and soil conservation projects within five years. Considering the slow changes in the system and in agricultural and environmental sustainability, the authors suggest that project developers should be advised to plan for a minimum of 5–10 years, depending on the nature of activities. It is time for funding agencies to reconsider their tendency to fund shorter-duration projects.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIP Publishingen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ippublishing.com/oa.htmen
dc.subjectProject durationen
dc.subjectProject effectivenessen
dc.subjectSustainabilityen
dc.titleAgro-environmental project duration and effectiveness in South-east Asiaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalOutlook on agricultureen
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