3ie Systematic Reviews Call 6

3ie is pleased to announce that it will be funding three systematic reviews that investigate the impact of development interventions in the areas of agriculture, food security and climate change.

The three systematic reviews that 3ie will be funding under this call are:

  1. Effectiveness of adaptation measures to climate change and climate variability: a scoping review Grantee organisation: Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza Costa Rica Principal Investigator: Dr Juan Robalino
  2. Contract farming for increasing income and food security of smallholder farmers in low- and middle income countries: a systematic review Grantee organisation: Wageningen University, The Netherlands Principal Investigator: Dr Giel Ton
  3. Effectiveness of Fairtrade interventions on poverty and welfare of beneficiaries in low and middle income countries: a systematic review Grantee organisation:School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Principal Investigator: Dr Carlos Oya.

3ie funds systematic reviews to examine the existing evidence on a particular intervention or programme in low- and middle-income countries, drawing also on evidence from developed countries when pertinent.

Applications were accepted through 3ie’s Online Application System.

The deadline for proposals was 12pm British Summer Time, 2 September 2013.

For more information on this call, please read the Request for Proposals (341.5 KB)

At a glance

  • 3ie and its partners had developed seven policy-relevant questions in the areas of agriculture, climate change, and property rights and land policy for this call.
  • The study team should have sector and substantive expertise as well as experience in conducting systematic reviews.
  • 3ie encourages proposals and research teams from low-or middle-income countries (defined as LMIC nationals resident in any LMIC), and proposals including such researchers in the study team.
  • One award will be made for each of the questions.3ie and its partners may fund fewer reviews, if insufficient proposals of adequate quality are received.
  • The size of the grants is not fixed. As an approximate guide, the average budget of studies financed under the last call for proposals was US$82,500.
  • Reviews are expected to take approximately 12-18 months from granting the award to submission of the draft report.

How to apply

To find out more about the application process, visit the How to Apply page.

For further clarifications, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Any questions regarding the window should be sent to 3ieuk@3ieimpact.org with 'Systematic reviews call 6' in the subject line.

Systematic reviews call questions

3ie, in collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UK Department for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United States Agency for International Development, had developed seven systematic review questions for this call.

  1. What are effective modes of delivery of information (for example, on markets, weather, soil conditions) to improve farmer decisions and uptake of improved seeds, better soil management practices and technologies?
  2. What are effective types of contractual arrangements (for example, fair trade schemes, cooperatives formation) to increase smallholders’ market power, food security, marketed surplus and net returns?
  3. What are the most cost-effective interventions (for example, participatory breeding, village-level agro dealers, post-harvest management) to incentivise smallholders to adopt improved seeds, and better practices and technologies?
  4. What combinations of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies are most cost effective in increasing agricultural productivity and smallholder incomes?
  5. What are effective interventions in promoting upgrading in agriculture (using investments and/or innovations that add value to products or services at the farm or value chain levels) that foster economic growth and benefits the poor?
  6. What are effective economic interventions to reduce mal-adaptation and vulnerability to climate change (for example, living in flood plains, developing coastal areas, irrigating deserts for crop production) and to incentivise investments that promote climate change resilience?
  7. What property rights and land-policy interventions are most cost effective at promoting economic development (i.e., reducing costs and increasing productivity and incomes)? These interventions can include, but are not limited to, legal and policy reforms, institutional reforms, decentralisation of land-related services, improvements to land mapping and surveying systems, formalisation of property rights and improved dispute resolution facilities.

Supporters of 3ie Systematic Reviews Call 6

3ie is pleased to be associated with the following agencies for Systematic Review Call 6

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