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In Phase 2, the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) looks to address specific basin development challenges in six river basins. Collaborative partnerships ensure both ownership and use of our research. Identifying program partners who could help CPWF to achieve its research-for-development goals was one of the first activities of Phase 2. Active stakeholder involvement has helped CPWF projects to ensure research collaboration, resarch results uptake by different groups and effective capacity building.

The poster below, entitled Maximizing project impact: the use of social network analysis to select project partners, showcases the tools used by the CPWF management team to initially select institutions to lead the program’s Phase 2 Basin Development Challenge (BDC) projects. The poster takes you though the basic process used to identify key institutional partners in the Ganges river basin:

CPWF used social networking analysis (also known as networking mapping) to strategically select partners within each river basin. In a network map, partners are shown as network nodes and the relationships between them are identified as network ties. Within a network, a partner’s position determines its level of influence and access to information and resources. Partner’s access to information and resources is therefore impacted by their involvement in the research.

The Crop Science Society of the Philippines, Inc. held its 42nd Scientific Conference from April 16 to 20, 2012 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines.  This year’s conference theme is Linking Crop Science Technology and Farmers towards Sustainable Agricultural Productivity.  The conference week included three days of plenary presentations, concurrent science sessions, best paper competition, and best poster competition.

CPWF’s poster was selected best poster under the socioeconomic category.