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Working Together, Learning Together

Learning Alliances in Agroenterprise Development

When CRS decided to shift the emphasis of its agriculture programs from subsistence-focused production to market-oriented enterprise development, it needed to both develop new approaches and build staff capacity to implement them. To do so it turned to the concept of the "learning alliance," a model of mutual, participatory learning involving research and development institutions and rural communities that aims to accelerate institutional change, improve knowledge management, and deepen the level of impact. This short book documents CRS' experience over several years establishing a learning alliance for agroenterprise across several of its operational regions worldwide.

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Foreword vii
Preface ix
Introduction 1
Learning Alliances in CRS and Their Application to Agroenterprise Development 5
Regional Learning Alliance Experiences 17
What Worked Well in the Learning Alliances 35
Capitalizing on Investment: The Challenges Ahead 43
The Way Forward 51
Bibliography 59

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