The purpose of the Research Into Use Programme (RIU Programme) is to ‘maximise the poverty reducing impact of the previous RNRRS and, by doing so, significantly increase the understanding of how the promotion and widespread use of such research can contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth’. A key component of the RIU Programme is Monitoring, Impact Assessment and Learning (MIL). The scoping visit is a part of the MIL component. The overall purpose of the visit is to gather information, meet key stakeholders and understand the institutional context relating to monitoring and impact evaluation within a country.
The report is organised into four parts corresponding to the visit objectives set out in the terms of reference (Annex 1). The first part is about the introduction and methodology while the second part maps the national MIL context and state of play, with particular reference to rural poverty and the agricultural sector. The third part seeks to identify the main information sources (quantitative and qualitative), actors and capacity of relevance to RIU Programme. The fourth and final part attempts to present some cases and lessons.