1As per sources, it has been reported that the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) jointly organized a Workshop on Green Super Rice (GSR) Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) from 8-10 September 2015 at BRAC Centre, Dhaka in Bangladesh. The aim of the workshop was to create a common understanding of GSR in Bangladesh and to look at how the goals of GSR will be achieved. The aim also includes the roles of its various actors, to define success and how to measure and evaluate it, in addition to encourage the commitment of the stakeholders to their responsibilities, coordination and communication.

During the workshop Dr. Jauhar Ali, IRRI scientist and GSR project leader, welcomed the participants and presented the current status of the project in Asia. It was emphasized on the need for MEL, especially for the GSR project’s progress to Phase III in Bangladesh. Dr Md. Sirajul Islam, BRAC GSR Coordinator, and Dr. Helal Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) GSR Coordinator, presented the status of the project of their respective institutions.

Further, there were 35 participants in all from BRAC, BRRI, Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Cooperative, Department of Agricultural Extension, Seed Net, and a representative from the progressive farmers’ group. The participants exchanged their ideas, through the group discussion and brainstorming session. It was a great contribution and opportunity to fine-tune the targets and specific goals in Bangladesh that will help the project to systematically achieve its objectives for the next phase.

As reported that the workshop was facilitated by Andre Ling and Catherine You of ALINe. During presentations in workshop, the IRRI scientists Dr. Hope Webber and Dr. Valerien Pede, with UPLB professor Dr. Jose Yorobe Jr gave valuable inputs and shared their experiences on theshanti agro ad impact assessment, monitoring, and evaluation. At the end of the workshop, the revised theory of change and commitment to the roles and responsibilities of each institution were highlighted. Further, it was narrated that the report on this workshop will be submitted by ALINe to Sentinel Grants of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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