What We Do

The Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) creates innovative, robust and user-oriented Monitoring Learning and Evaluation systems. These result in improved capacity for evidence-based learning and impact across a global network of partnerships in the agricultural sector. ALINe delivers this by drawing on and developing the best technical expertise from the North and South. ALINe was piloted at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and in 2012 the core team joined the strategy consulting company Firetail Limited complementing their work with a dedicated practice stream.

ALINe is committed to building the capacities of individuals and institutions to make better and smarter choices so that they are empowered to make a difference in their contexts and communities. Firetail brings together the analytical capabilities of the private sector with the values of civil society.

ALINe has a network of partners with extensive, proven experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning in multiple countries with local contextual language and technical expertise in implementation. In collaboration with its network of partners, ALINe works with a number of intermediaries (INGOs, national NGOs, multilaterals, government agencies, private sector and farmer organizations). Our clients are supported by the creation of effective monitoring and evaluation strategies; plans that support evidence based decision-making and underpin improvements in learning processes. One of its core competences is its unique role in developing opportunities to include Farmer Voice in Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) by bringing stakeholders and farmers closer together to balance their perspectives and enable a focus on people-centred performance and impacts in the sector.

ALINe has analysed the MLE and agriculture sector landscapes in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. It has developed evidence and argument underpinning its work, through country case studies, literature reviews and interviewing stakeholders. ALINe is currently carrying out work with intermediaries and implementing institutions in 15 countries in the South. This work focuses on the design and strengthening of MLE frameworks/plans, indicators and theories of change to capture accurate results. Through its work, ALINe promotes people-centred MLE. This approach recognises the interconnectedness of donors, implementers, and beneficiaries such as farmers. It identifies and generates evidence and results (outcome and performance data) that is of value to all stakeholders.

The ALINe approach is deliberate in seeking to build mutual accountabilities and create new tools and approaches for others to adopt.  Working hand in hand with implementers and funders, ALINe and its network of partners believes that embedding the resulting data in performance management systems can drive significant improvement and results, particularly for smallholder farmers in the South.