In September 2013, the IFAD Zambia Country Programme Management Team worked together with ILEIA to enable the documentation and systematic analysis of what was taking place in the field. Eleven practitioners working in agricultural development in Zambia gathered in Lusaka, documenting achievements and challenges. The importance of describing and analysing the results of agricultural initiatives is widely acknowledged. It helps to draw lessons and generate practical knowledge. Often these lessons remain implicit, as highlighted by one of our Zambian authors, Alfred Mkonda. “We do a lot of work, but as long as we do not write it down there are a lot of blank pages in our institutional diaries.” As such, documentation is a first step towards scaling up successful efforts. The 11 stories look at spreading practices, organising farmers and partnerships and participation.
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