The Impact and Partnership Division predominantly focuses on the translation of research outputs in order to generate knowledge, facilitate decision-making, contribute to the transformation in the agriculture sector and applies the best resource management practices towards a high performing and visible organisation. Dedicated Programmes of responsibility for the Division include:

  • The Agricultural Economics unit conducts research to establish the impact of ARC Programmes (return on investment), and integrates socio-economic analysis in ARC projects. It specifically deals with market intelligence; impact assessment; business plans; policy studies, farmer profiling and baseline studies.
  • Commercialisation's role is to ensure that research and development outputs are identified, protected and commercialised.
  • Biometrical services provide a statistical service that renders a quality audit of scientific information disseminated. Services include statistical planning, analysis and interpretation of results, statistical training and assistance with scientific publications.
  • International Relations pursues and maintains partnerships to enhance our international credibility by promoting the ARCs capabilities and image with global role players, through leveraging and maintaining strategic partnerships and engagements.
  • Marketing and Communications develops and implements strategies to raise the organisation's profile and visibility, and improve internal communications in order to foster a strong and positive ARC brand.
  • Smallholder Agricultural Development entails extension support; diagnostic and analytical services; targeted development initiatives; and farming systems research.
  • Strategic Information Management targets reliable data capture, storage and usage related to monitoring and evaluation of R&D interventions. SIM targets data essential for economic research, specifically related to land and farmer assessment. Its main activity is focused on farm and farmer assessment using a unique digital toolkit.
  • Training and Extension provides training and information services to farmers and support services, facilitating access to the ARC's technical information to contribute to sector productivity, especially from smallholder farmers.

The division operates from ARC-Central Office in Pretoria, but works strategically across the organization, with all campuses spread across the country.