In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The project aims to promote sustainable intensification of wheat-teff production systems in the Ethiopian Highlands by providing soil series-specific fertilizer recommendations through soil fertility trials based on newly developed soil maps from partner organizations.
Currently, the Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research (EIAR) is conducting fertilizer trials to examine the impact of different blends of fertilizers but not of fertilizer application rates. This project will engage EIAR specialists and complement their efforts by generating new data on the spatial patterns of yield response to fertilizer application and economic returns using crop models calibrated with the best available field trial data. This improved understanding of the spatial patterns of impact will be translated into proposals for regionally-tailored fertilizer recommendations that would replace the current national blanket recommendations. Better matching fertilizer application recommendations to local climate, soil, and management practices helps ensure that production can be intensified in a cost-effective and sustainable way and, thereby, enhance regional food security.
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.