Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Dairying / East Africa / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / Research / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Africa RISING making a FEAST for cattle in Babati District, Northern Tanzania

Originally published in Forages for the Future Newsletter, issue 3, December 2016 Livestock in Tanzania are largely underfed with farmers meeting only 65% of feed needs in a year, under best conditions. Farm areas with crops range from 0.3 to 0.7 ha, while the area committed to forages is <0.04 ha. Grazing areas are overgrazed … Continue reading

Capacity strengthening / CIP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Nutrition / Research / SLS

Integrating nutrition into Ethiopian farming systems – nutrition manual for community workers

Developed by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), this manual aims to build the knowledge and skills of health and agriculture workers in nutrition-sensitive agriculture so that they can promote health and agricultural and other related practices that maximize nutritional benefits. Continue reading

CIAT / Climate change / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / NRM / Soils

Africa RISING, the climate-smart way to restore soils in Ethiopia

An article in the CIAT annual report 2015-2016 explains how the Integrated Landscape Management component of the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia is generating data to advise communities about better land and water management practices, to protect the whole landscape. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / Research

Characterizing livestock production systems and the potential to enhance livestock productivity through improved feeding in Ethiopia

Earlier this year scientists from ICARDA and national partners carried out livestock feed assessments in 12 districts in Ethiopia. The twelve reports are online in the Africa RISING repository. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Participation / Research

Participatory research toolkit – briefs introduce approaches used in Ethiopia

In 2013, the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia initiated a series of participatory assessments to diagnose and characterize the farming systems and communities where the project is working. A series of short briefs explains the different approaches and how they were used Continue reading

Agroforestry / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Trees

A tale of two villages – how agroforestry transforms lives and landscapes in Ethiopia

Agroforestry can transform lives and landscapes. Trees and shrubs grown on farms provide fruit, timber, resins, fuelwood and livestock fodder. They also improve soil fertility, regulate water supplies and help farmers adapt to changing climatic conditions. Which begs the question: if agroforestry can bring so many benefits, why don’t we see lots of trees on … Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information

Africa RISING establishes local innovation platforms in the Ethiopia highlands

In the past few months, the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands has initiated the the establishment of local innovation platforms in each of its four sites. The start-up process has been documented in a series of short photo ‘trip’ reports. Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Participation / Research / SLS

Challenges and opportunities in participatory agricultural research

This post was drafted by Terry Clayton based on contributions by Beth Cullen (ILRI) at the Participatory Agricultural Research: Approaches, Design and Evaluation (PARADE) workshop held in Oxford from 9-13 December 2013. In his keynote address at the PARADE workshop, Professor Paul Sillitoe offered insights into how theory informs practice. Beth Cullen’s presentation on day … Continue reading

CIAT / HUMIDTROPICS / Innovation Systems / Participation / Research

Participatory action research can add value to CGIAR’s agronomic research

Agricultural research is still seen primarily as research in plant, animal and soil science that affects crop production. The social, economic, and political bases of crop production and land management have most often taken a back seat to the design of technical interventions. Participatory research is still seen as an ‘add on’ after the ‘real’ research has been completed. Farming systems research and Robert Chambers’ work on ‘putting farmers first’ created an impact, but participatory approaches are still marginal within agronomic research. How do we change that? Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / Innovation Systems / Participation / Research

Theory key to gain wider acceptance of participatory agricultural research methods

What must we do to gain wider acceptance of participatory agricultural research methods within the mainstream of the CGIAR system and beyond? Professor Paul Sillitoe (Department of Anthropology, Durham University) believes the answer to the question will in no small part depend on addressing some of the deep-seated contradictions within development discourse. In his opening keynote, Professor Sillitoe outlined the deeply entrenched incongruities that PAR practitioners must resolve, or at least acknowledge. The list is long (17 points in all), which underscores how deeply conflicted our discourse is. Continue reading

Agroforestry / Climate change / East Africa / Ethiopia / Forestry / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Research

Local knowledge the starting point for climate-resilient agriculture in Ethiopia – early win project brief

Local knowledge is proving a valuable starting point in adapting Ethiopian farming systems to climate change and ensuring greater productivity to combat food insecurity. A new brief by the World Agroforestry Centre analyses what farmers in the highlands of Ethiopia currently know about ecosystem processes and the interactions between trees, crops and livestock. The aim … Continue reading

Intensification

Identifying scalable agricultural technologies for sustainable intensification

USAID, USDA, CGIAR and other partners are developing ‘inventories’ to help drive widespread adaptation, dissemination, and adoption of critical agricultural technologies. The inventories will provide a technical evidence base to help scale up appropriate technologies to greater numbers of smallholder farmers. One of the seven inventory topics is sustainable intensification. The inventory compilers “welcome additional … Continue reading

Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification

Natural resources management and sustainable intensification research at IITA

The need to grow more food without depleting important natural resources makes the intensification of African agriculture essential. The Green Revolution in South Asia and Latin America raised crop productivity through the deployment of improved varieties, water, and fertilizer. However, efforts to achieve similar results in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have largely failed. The sustainable intensification … Continue reading

Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification

Africa RISING Ethiopia ‘early win’ project reports available

Year one of the program funded a series of ‘early win‘ projects in Ethiopia as well as East and Southern Africa. In October, five reports were produced from the Ethiopia projects: Fodder and feed as a key opportunity for driving sustainable intensification of crop livestock systems in Ethiopia: Report from an ‘early win’ project Sustainable … Continue reading

Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS

Africa RISING in Ethiopia – first year lays strong foundations

Feed the Future recently highlighted Africa RISING’s participatory research in Ethiopia to empower farmers to implement sustainable intensification, meaning they will ultimately be able to generate more output from the same area of land while reducing negative environmental impacts. The story draws on the results of the just-completed ‘early win‘ projects. Read the news item … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Intensification

Project implementation lessons from the feed and fodder ‘early win’ project

The Africa RISING ‘early win‘ projects were an experiment in quick project development. Participants at the recent synthesis meeting of the QuickFeed project reflected on some of the lessons learning implementing such a project. Building strong partnerships among all project partners from international through national, regional, zonal, district and farmers was essential and contributed to … Continue reading

Africa / Agroforestry / Crop-Livestock / Crops / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / NRM / Research / Soils / Southern Africa / Trees / Water

Integrating perennials with food crops could restore soil health and increase staple yields

Today’s edition of Naturehas an article by Jerry Glover, John Reganold and Cindy Cox in which they explain, with examples from Malawi harmer Rhoda Mang’yana, how planting perennials can help save Africa’s soils. Rhoda’s story: Rhoda Mang’yana’s half-hectare farm in Malawi produces more maize (corn) than her extended family of seven can eat. Some of … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Intensification / Participation

Feed and fodder ‘early win’ project synthesis shows potential of assessment tools

The Africa RISING QuickFeed ‘early win’ project held its synthesis meeting on 3 and 4 September 2012. The project was led by ILRI and ICARDA with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the Oromia Regional Agricultural Research Institute (OARI). At the meeting, project partners from Kulumsa, Sinana and Bako Agricultural Research Centers presented … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Malawi / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / West Africa / Zambia

Africa RISING: Update on Eastern and Southern Africa project

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, Africa RISING Project Coordinator at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture writes: I would like to give you an update on the status of the USAID funded project on Sustainable Intensification of Key Farming Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa. After the inception workshop in Dar es Salaam in February it was decided … Continue reading

Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Mali / West Africa

Africa RISING: Update on West Africa project

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, Africa RISING Project Coordinator at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture writes: I would like to give you an update on the status of the USAID funded project on Sustainable Intensification of Key Farming Systems in the Sudano-Sahelian Zone of West Africa. After the inception workshop in Tamale, Ghana, in January and the … Continue reading

AVRDC / HUMIDTROPICS / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Africa RISING initiative to ensure safe vegetables in Tanzania launched

From May 10-12, a project was launched in Morogoro (Tanzania) to determine the prevalence of harmful vegetable contaminants in Tanzania. For the first time ever, researchers will collect quantitative data on pesticide residues, heavy metals, human diseases, and plant pathogens on samples of tomato and eggplant being sold in markets and from farmers’ fields. Significant … Continue reading

Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA

Mateete Bekunda joins IITA to work on Africa RISING

Dr. Mateete Bekunda has joined IITA as a Consultant Systems Agronomist for the USAID funded project on Sustainable Intensification of Key African Farming Systems. His more than 30 years of research and outreach interests have been directed at improving smallholder livelihoods through application of sustainable crop nutrient management initiatives, mainly as professor at Makerere University, … Continue reading

Agroforestry / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Intensification / Research / Trees

Africa RISING trainees to document local knowledge on trees and farms in Ethiopia

In June 2012, the ICRAF-led early win project on ‘Sustainable tree-crop-livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy initiative‘ will hold a training workshop on local knowledge acquisition. Part of the project’s ‘output 1’, the training will help ensure that local knowledge about the integration of trees in fields, farms and … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Intensification

Sustainable intensification: A crucial revolution

Feeding nine billion people in 2050 while at the same time conserving the environment – that’s the challenge facing global agriculture. Sustainable intensification is widely seen as an alternative to industrialised farming, which has been shown to have its limits. While sustainable intensification may not be a panacea, it offers a useful approach to improving … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Intensification

‘Quick feed’ fodder and feed early win project kicks off in Addis Ababa

Last week, the International Livestock Research Institute hosted an inception workshop for the Africa-RISING ‘quick feed‘ project. Werner Stür, forages expert on the project, reflects on his visit: I very much enjoyed the workshop. There is a really good team of scientists from Ethiopia, ILRI and ICARDA with a broad range of backgrounds and we … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Research / SLS

Fodder and feed to drive sustainable intensification of crop livestock systems in the Ethiopia Highlands

In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). The project aims to support more effective use of feed by crop-livestock farmers (including supply and quality, impacts on livestock production and product appeal … Continue reading

Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / IWMI / NRM / Research / Water / WLE

Targeting agricultural water management interventions in Ethiopia

In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The project aims to review, test and provide a package of outputs that together will better define areas of priority where gains in crop and livestock productivity to reduce poverty could be brought about by increased … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Crops / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / Intensification / Research

Integrating pulses into crop-livestock production systems to improve the productivity of smallholder farmers in the Ethiopian highlands

In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). The project aims to improve the productivity of crop-livestock production system in the Bale highlands of Oromiya region of Ethiopia by integrating all important components of pulses in mixed farming systems. … Continue reading

Agroforestry / Climate change / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Research / Trees

Sustainable tree-crop-livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy initiative

In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The project aims to underpin the Ethiopian Climate Resilient Green Economy Initiative by providing early win tree species and management options for integrating fruit, fodder, fuelwood, fertilizer and timber trees in fields, farms and landscapes. This will … Continue reading

CIMMYT / Ethiopia / ILRI / Research / SLS

Targeting research design to integrate technologies at farm scale

In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the CGIAR Systemwide Livestock Programme, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). The project aims to adapt and test the use of system and participatory research (including farmer diversity) in current R4D initiatives on … Continue reading

Crops / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / Intensification / Research

Fertilizer rate recommendations for wheat-teff production systems in the Ethiopian highlands

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, … Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Research / Southern Africa / West Africa

Sustainably intensifying, sustainably increasing – Africa-RISING to increase the productivity of smallholder farmers in Africa

At a recent workshop discussing the design of a new research project on the sustainable intensification of crop-livestock farming systems in Ethiopia, we asked Jerry Glover from USAID’s Office of Agricultural Research and Policy to tell us more about the project. He explained that the project is intended to intensify some farming systems in Ethiopia, … Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / Intensification

Tackling sustainable intensification in Ethiopia – No one institution can do it alone

Speaking at the recent workshop t design a new research project on the sustainable intensification of crop-livestock farming systems in Ethiopia, Tsedeke Abate (ICRISAT) emphasized the collaboration among the CGIAR centers: “No one institution can do it alone” – especially when the challenges are complex. Watch the video: Continue reading

Africa / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Zambia

Sustainable intensification of cereal-based farming systems in East and Southern Africa

Last week, 80 people from Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi met in Dar es Salaam to design a new ‘Feed the Future‘ project (supported by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID) on sustainable intensification of crop and livestock farming systems. The meeting was convened by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). This … Continue reading