- To our biggest chagrin, the documents that we, as development workers, spend considerable amount of time to compile and write lack clarity and contain little or no useful information in terms of empirical evidence. Experts and researchers struggle to find concrete results of how rural development investments have had an impact on poverty.
This was a great wake up call. Hopefully next time, when we put pen to paper, we will make a concerted effort to:
- write for the reader as opposed for ourselves
- write clearly and provide empirical evidence of how the intervention has both worked and not worked, thus assisting both development workers and policy makers to scale-up and make informed decisions
- Considering that the readily available documentation does not provide the required empirical evidence, to avoid giving an eschewed picture, researchers need to go to the source and conduct first-hand research at community level. We need more facts and figures grounded in reality!
- Food security is a global challenge. It affects both developed and developing countries
- We need to extend the voluntary guideline for land governance to also cover water related issues. It was reassuring to hear that international organizations will be assisting and supporting countries to implement the voluntary guidelines
- PepsiCo's magic formula is its passionate staff! I guess PepsiCo staffers do not spend their days writing reports, rather put their passion to work to deliver better products and services