Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is multi-center and multi-CRP online platform for
integrated management, monitoring, and reporting of projects, from planning to budgeting, risks’
assessment, knowledge sharing and more. MEL creates synergy between research and development
partners, bridging competences in a results-oriented platform. MEL allows to save resources and
time, reducing paperwork, facilitating administrative steps, quickening project related
communications and enabling near real-time data collecting to inform decision-making.
MEL holds a flexible structure that can be tuned with impact pathways and results frameworks used by CGIAR and donors. Its modular structure allows the implementer to customize the platform and re-shape it to meet their specific needs.
The platform comes with an integrated Open Access repository that boosts the projects outreach. Carved in the system is the Knowledge Sharing tool-set, which includes an internal discussion forum, a technical assistance chat, project dedicated web-pages, and a communication-friendly module to write and disseminate project related blog stories.
MEL safeguards intellectual property and provides full credit to the authors of knowledge reported, making use of international metadata standards such as Dublin Core. The platform has been aligned with HR management, internal finance and internal sharing systems (e.g. One Corporate System – OCS, SharePoint).
MEL is the result of the synergic efforts by CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC), CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH), The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), The International Potato Center (CIP), The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), ICARDA Geoinformatics Unit (GU), and is powered by iMMAP, Codeobia, D-Space and Amazon Web Services.
The Global Geo-informatics Context and Options (GeCO) is a new web-based GIS tool that enables
users to define, monitor, assess and co-create knowledge and learning on relevant Sustainable
Management (SLM) options that match the social-ecological context at global, regional and
The GeOC tool aims to support the implementation of SLM practices by the local international communities by providing them with context-specific information that is required to make sound investment decisions for agricultural and rural development.
The GeOC is designed to provide land users, development projects or programs, and policy decision-makers with plausible, robust extrapolation domains for guiding decisions on the selection and use of SLM options, and an open platform for docking different disciplinary projects into integrative/holistic and converging actions for promoting SLM at scale.
GeOC is the result of the synergic efforts by CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems (CRP-DS), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and its Geoinformatics Unit (GU), and is powered by iMMAP, Codeobia, D-Space and Amazon Web Services.
ICARDA INTERNATIONAL NURSERIES
ICARDA has the global mandate for barley, lentil and faba bean and a regional mandate for chickpea, durum and bread wheat improvement within the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA’s crop improvement programs develop nurseries for a wide range of agricultural systems and distributes them worldwide upon request. All nurseries are developed, prepared and dispatched from the ICARDA’s Headquarters in Lebanon, except winter barley and wheat from ICARDA, Turkey.
The international nursery trialing system is an integral part of the crop improvement programs of ICARDA and NARIs partners. It provides the cooperators with the opportunity to evaluate the genetically diverse germplasms generated through conventional and modern breading methodologies under their own agro-ecological conditions and socio-economic contexts. For this process to succeed, effective data collection and timely sharing is crucial.