The purposes of this evaluation are several: to learn from the experience of implementation of theAfrican Agriculture Resilience (AAR) component of the Climate Change Resilience Initiative and theLand-based Carbon Markets for Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPR); to guide the planning and designof the proposed Climate Smart Rural Development (CSRD) Initiative; accountability to the RockefellerFoundation's President and Board of Trustees; a contribution as a public good to knowledge; and toextend the learning from this evaluation to RF grantees in the fields of AAR and CPR.
A total of 57 grants were reviewed, spanning the period from 2007 to April 2011. Close to four out ofevery five dollars granted under AAR went directly to work with agricultural research institutions orto support 'experimental' or innovative work. The majority of the AAR grants and money grantedwere allocated to primary implementers (PI) based in African countries. In contrast, 71% of the CPRgrants and 86% of the grant money was allocated to PI based in the USA. Over 40% of the AAR grantswere made to organizations in Kenya which had the effect of creating a greater 'critical mass' ofeffort compared with neighboring countries that received few grants.