Twitter Chat: Feed the Future Learning Agenda
Event Date: Sep 19, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (GMT -5)
Please join us for a discussion on the purpose and use of the Learning Agenda and to learn more about what Feed the Future has planned to contribute to the knowledge gaps around food security.
Participate in the #AskAg Twitter chat hosted by Agrilinks, USAID, and Feed the Future to speak directly with Emily Hogue of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and Magda Ismail of the The Millennium Challenge Corporation. Tweet questions to @Agrilinks & #AskAg or post questions in the comments section below to help frame the hour-long discussion. You can download and read the Feed the Future Learning Agenda here.
When: September 19, 12–1pm EDT | Where: #AskAg & @Agrilinks on Twitter
Feed the Future has developed the Feed the Future Learning Agenda to provide a framework of critical questions lacking evidence around food security programming. This Agenda has been developed to strategize how we will learn from our programming, prioritize our learning objectives, and systematically assess the most critical causal linkages assumed through FTF approaches. The questions target evidence gaps under six themes:
- Agricultural Productivity
- Research & Development
- Value Chains and Increased Investment
- Nutrition and Dietary Quality
- Gender Integration and Women’s Empowerment
- Resilience of Vulnerable Populations
Under the Feed the Future Initiative, learning and testing our assumptions about the causal pathways to food security is a vital priority. Our M&E activities, particularly impact evaluations, are being programmed to help us answer the questions under the Agenda. Guided by the Agenda, USAID is planning to conduct over 30 impact evaluations of FTF investments around key questions related to agriculture, nutrition, and food security, while also the Millennium Challenge Corporation has approximately 10 impact evaluations already underway in countries receiving FTF resources. Conducting robust and rigorous M&E to track our programs and test causal linkages will help us identify approaches and practices that will ultimately help us reach our goals of reducing poverty and hunger.
- New: Update on the Feed the Future Learning Agenda (presentation)
- Feed the Future Learning Agenda
- It's All About M&E: Feed the Future Learning Agenda Development (blog post)
- USAID Forward
- USAID Evaluation Policy (PDF)
How to participate:
- Visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more information on getting started on Twitter, check out this Twitter Guide Book.)
- Submit questions to @Agrilinks prior to the chat to help frame the discussion. (You can also submit questions by commenting on this page.)
- Join us on September 19 at 12 pm EDT by following the hashtag #AskAg.
Twitter Chat: Feed the Future Learning Agenda
Emily Hogue is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Bureau for Food Security (BFS). Prior to working in BFS, she served as the Desk Officer for El Salvador and ECAM, and later for Guatemala and Honduras, in the Central... more America and Mexico Office of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining USAID, Hogue completed a PhD in Comparative Sociology with a specialization in Anthropology; her dissertation research was an evaluation of the impacts of World Vision economic development programs in Peruvian indigenous communities. Additionally, she has conducted original research on topics such as low-income families’ utilization of social services with U of Chicago, women’s involvement in economic growth in southern Chile, and ethnic identities and development in the Andes. Hogue worked as a development consultant on disaster management for Habitat for Humanity Caribbean and on economic growth for World Vision Chile. Prior to development consulting, she taught English at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, taught Spanish at Anderson University in Indiana, and served in the AmeriCorps. Hogue has twelve years of experience in international development and social science research. She also holds an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Spanish and English. less
Magda Ismail has been responsible for managing MCC’s compact (economic program) development process for several countries at the US government donor agency: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Magda also served as Senior... more Advisor at the Office of Global Hunger and Food Security at the State Department and at the Bureau for Food Security at the US Agency for International Development, where she worked on the presidential food security initiative: Feed the Future. Magda has over 20 years of experience in crafting public policies for developing nations and leading national economic development projects. She has also worked with numerous governments in Africa and South East Asia on developing national information and communication technology (ICT) strategies and policies. Prior to working at MCC, Magda had a joint appointment as research associate at Harvard University’s Center for International Development and as visiting scientist at MIT’s Media Lab. She was formerly Director of Information Technology Programs at the Egyptian Ministry of ICT, and at the Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers Information Technology think-tank, where she worked on national information and communication technology projects. less