PEDRONEL [user:field_middlename] LOBATON BEDON



The experience as an Agricultural Professional, has generated results from executing tasks as an Agricultural Consultant over time, managing to intervene in the official, social, private and international sectors, INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT activities, Colombia's commitment to Rural and Urban Development , ADMINISTRATION, MONITORING and EVALUATION of PRODUCTIVE PROJECTS IN COMMUNITY PRODUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT, basically in AGRICULTURAL, LIVESTOCK, FORESTRY, AGROFORESTRY, SILVOAGRICULTURAL and ENVIRONMENTAL components, GENDER PERSPECTIVE, Analysis, Preparation and Execution of MEMORANDUMS OF AGREEMENT. Application of the Components in ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, such as PRODUCTION AND ENVIRONMENT, COMMERCIALIZATION AND AGROINDUSTRY, SOCIAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION, GENDER PERSPECTIVE, PHYSICAL SOCIAL PRODUCTIVE AND MARKETING INFRASTRUCTURE, SUPPORT FOR PRODUCTIVE ASSOCIATIONS AND COOPERATIVES, INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING, STRATEGY OF COMMUNICATION, TRAINING-(TISTLP), Workshops for the Identification of Local Production Systems and Technologies and parallel to this, their respective monitoring and systematization of GEORREFERENCE activities, their application to GeoApi C7, the points and polygons of the Agricultural and Livestock Productive Projects, established in the radius of action of the project with its respective Monitoring and Evaluation, referring to qualitative and quantitative results of the Operations Plan under development. According to this, an average time of Twenty years (20) years of experience in its entirety with different activities in Rural Development, Formulating, Elaborating, Executing, Evaluating and Monitoring projects in their different components and productive lines in favor of the target population and within the Departments of BOYACA, VALLE DEL CAUCA, ARAUCA, CAUCA, COSTA PACIFICA, NARIÑO, BOLIVAR, MAGDALENA, SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA, CESAR, CORDOVA, PUTUMAYO, SAN JOSE DEL GUAVIARE, and CAQUETA. In this sense, bearing in mind eight years (8) in monitoring and evaluation of Productive Development and Food and Social Security projects, in the departments of Boyaca, Valle del Cauca, Arauca, Costa Pacifica and Cauca. Now we cite, fourteen (14) years working on projects in the agricultural sector, Agro-Productive business consulting, specifically in analysis and application of theoretical, practical and technical interventions in planting, crops, post-harvest management, agribusiness and marketing, as well as knowledge and application in different production lines, with their respective marketing protocols in the departments of Nariño, Bolivar, Magdalena, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Cesar Cordoba, Putumayo, San Jose del Guaviare and Caqueta. It is worth clarifying that within the present time there are (6) years of experience in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation of Productive Projects, with a projection to Sustainable Development in Alternative Development, its respective components of Production, Marketing, Infrastructure for Production and Collection, based on the different gradual phases of substitution of illicit crops, obviously with their respective National and International Policies for the Substitution of Illicit Crops, in the departments of: Nariño, Bolivar, Putumayo, and San Jose del Guaviare. Finally, the actions of Policies and Strategies, such as the Strengthening of the Administration and Justice, Interdiction Control, Eradication of Illicit Crops, Gradual Substitution, Compensated Substitution, in terms of field work.

My contributions

  • What type of evaluator are you?

    • Excellent question in this regard in the complex field of Evaluator, in this sense I can personally come to feel as the complement of a necessary tool that comes to assimilate and analyze a complex task of Diagnosis, a task of Characterization, Socialization, Training and Analysis of the Systematization of Information that forces to perform the role of Mediator in the different pillars offered by the Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Processes and finally the Monitoring and evaluation as such. Now this task, feeds and strengthens the epicenter of a discussion forum that achieves with the different concepts and knowledge to consolidate a common goal in the professional discussion.

  • How to define and identify lessons learned?

    • Dear Emilia Bretan,

      A cordial greeting. You asked to identify and consolidate the lessons learned, from our experience: I believe that we have all lived with this task in a situation directly or indirectly carrying a shared understanding or definition of what a lesson learned is. Regardless of whether they are presented to us as lessons that sound like findings, conclusions, recommendations or they belong to another place, the interesting thing about this is to create a direction, in other words, to organize the subject according to the pillars or foundations that are showing us a result of an experience in any sector, be it environmental, technical, socioeconomic, or productive, and take it into the subject that we are working on, applying all the guidelines and strategies that are presented to us to finally achieve a successful result of this puzzle that generates the knowledge and learning of the community.

      Now, as for any resource that can be shared that presents a step-by-step approach to identify the lessons learned that can be useful for our practice, I can cite an experience of lessons learned, best practices and adding results of case studies in coexistence and knowledge. Within the indigenous, settler and city communities, a task or workshop within the target population can be cited for study or recommendation based on experience to replicate to professionals interested in the event or workshop, such as Local Production Systems and Technologies-( STLP), an event that can be applied in the field, environmental, technical, socioeconomic, or productive sectors, because it argues how complex the topic is and finally all this structure or navigation chart that is taken, brings together and concludes a lesson learned which is the objective task. Finally, it is a Workshop or Event that takes two to three days with all its arguments and strategies for any chosen target population.
      I just have to thank you for the interest in reading this simple contribution to this topic.

      Pedronel Lobaton Bedon


    • Mr Mustapha Malki, PhD

      Warm and respectful greetings to Mustapha Malki. I consider your contribution on this issue to be excellent and appropriate.

      The various tools for analysing and understanding the target population and the resulting development actions must take into account the circumstances of the individuals as representatives of their culture.

      Evaluation is the fundamental tool that collects and internalizes knowledge and experiences, presents a diagnosis, socially characterises a population and carries out a systematic analysis of the information. 

      The structure of this practice allows it to generate an inner vision of the target population, based on the inherent contribution of nature itself and the contributions of the different tools applied.

      Sincerely, Pedronel Lobaton Bedon. Consultant.

    • My expression and vision in terms of lived experience within the spirit of coexistence of the indigenous communities is the following: we can respectfully say that the evaluation is culturally appropriate if it manages to generate a presentation as a result of assuming, agreeing on the lessons that are extracted and at the same time are embodied as experiences of having assumed the different challenges and if finally ends up prioritizing and endorsing in a justified and concerted manner with the environment and the cultural context and their pillars of knowledge, their respective values and lessons learned as indigenous practices.

    • Evaluations and evaluators face the challenge of trying to understand and adequately prioritise indigenous knowledge, values and practices. This will enable them to achieve successful results.  

      Indigenous people protect and conserve 80% of global biodiversity. Their sustainable management of biodiversity is fundamental to food security, nutrition, health and development.   

      Indigenous principles and values are based on a DEEP AND HARMONIC RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE. Indigenous people advocate caring for Mother Earth –our home– as it provides the guidelines on good living and everything required to sustain the spirit of life and coexistence. They also promote THE CONNECTION WITH THE UNIVERSE, THE RESPECT FOR ALL LIVING BEINGS, THE IMPORTANCE OF ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE, THE RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN and, finally, THE COMMUNAL SENSE OF LIFE.

      [Translated from Spanish]

    • I fully agree with Ram's contribution. As opposed to the traditional concept and methodology of evaluation as a tool that collects and categorises information and obtains results, the evaluator must understand the local context and culture. This may lead to different findings and conclusions.

      In other words, the evaluation must structure and shape the different situations it captures and analyses. And, automatically, the universe determines and consolidates the spirit of life of any culture in the world.

      [Original contribution in Spanish]