In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
The project aims to Carry out assessment of the representative of seed systems models related to production efficiency, scale and speed of seed and variety access and information with consideration of the different farmers categories particularly women and poor.
The outputs will be:
- A documented and evidence-based understanding of how some representatives of existing seed systems models serve farmers (across economic and gender strata) africa-
- Understanding of the existing seed policies (related) and their implications for farmers’ seed access /seed industry development
- Documented evidence of existing varieties and farmers’ capacity to identify varieties
- An inclusive seed systems strategy with at least three proposed models for an impact-oriented and sustainable seed system development with key stakeholders
- A catalogue of seed suppliers and related input suppliers per country
The Africa RISING program comprises three linked research-for-development projects, funded by the USAID Feed the Future Initiative, and aiming to sustainably intensify mixed farming systems in West Africa (Southern Mali and Northern Ghana), the Ethiopian Highlands and East and Southern Africa (Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi).
To produce some short-term outputs and to support the longer term objectives of the projects, in 2012 Africa RISING funded several small, short-term projects in each of the regions. More information.