Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / SLS

Guidelines to establish innovation platforms with Africa RISING partners in Ethiopia

The Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands aims to establish Innovation platforms(IPs) at different levels to better involve many local stakeholders to address common challenges and opportunities in agricultural sector. Continue reading

Aflatoxins / Crops / East Africa / Food safety / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Interview / Nutrition / Postharvest / Research / Tanzania / Value Chains

Securing the Future: The Story of Chacha Nyangi and how Africa RISING is mentoring the next generation of scientists

Growing up in the remote village of Itiryo near the Kenya-Tanzania border, Chacha Nyangi could not have imagined his present life as a young Tanzanian scientist who is confronting the challenges facing smallholder farmers in the country and beyond. Continue reading

Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Extension / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Participation / Research

Farmer research groups central to Africa RISING approach in Ethiopia

On 13 December 2014, members of the Sinana innovation platform (IP) members and technical group (TG) held a farmers field day that attracted many farmers and others (woreda IP members, private sector workers, media and government decision makers) to see the farmer field interventions. Continue reading

Amhara / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / NRM / Photofilm / SLS / SNNPR / Tigray / Trip Report / Water

Africa RISING partners with local governments to support integrated watershed management in Ethiopia

Africa RISING in Ethiopia has started to work with partners and farmers to identify and work on model watersheds in three of its research sites: Lemo, Basona and Abraha Atsbaha, and Maichew. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Participation / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Trip Report / Video

Research for farmers, by farmers: Highlights of Africa RISING farmer-scientists feedback meetings in Tanzania’s Babati District

At the tail end of 2014, Africa RISING scientists and government extension agents held a series of feedback meetings with farmers in Tanzania’s Babati District. This photo trip report provides a visual overview of the issues encountered and activities undertaken by the project team during the feedback meetings in those areas. Continue reading

Crops / Drylands / Food safety / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / IITA / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Mali / NRM / Research / Soils / Value Chains / Water / West Africa / Women

Call for MSc Candidates – Africa RISING Mali

The Africa RISING program in Mali is looking to recruit two MSc Candidates from West Africa to join the team and contribute to ongoing activities. The program is currently working on establishing two research hubs (in Bougouni and Koutiala) in an effort to integrate multiple activities to achieve the overall objectives of the research program. Natural … Continue reading

Crops / Drylands / Fertilizer / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / NRM / Soils / Southern Africa / Value Chains / Water / Zambia

Conservation agriculture is giving us more food and money: A Zambian farmer’s story

Under the SIMLEZA-Africa RISING project, the implementation of conservation agriculture technologies is a key intervention. For just the past 2 years, the project has already seen positive outcomes on the practices and lives of its farmer-beneficiaries in its target communities in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Here we highlight one of our farmer ‘success stories’ who have been practicing CA technologies introduced in the country by the project. Continue reading

Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Fertilizer / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / IITA / Intensification / Mali / NRM / Soils / West Africa

Mechanizing fertilizer microdosing technology: Producers and extension agents trained in Mali (success story)

Fertilizer microdosing addresses the problems of low soil fertility, access to fertilizers and difficult climatic conditions. The technology has contributed to increased production, productivity and farm incomes. Continue reading

Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Southern Africa / Tanzania

R4D platform promotes technology adoption in Babati District, Tanzania

Research-for-Development platform by Africa RISING in Babati District, Tanzania is stimulating learning and innovation about productivity, nutrition as well as opening up business possibilities for farmers within the locality. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / East Africa / Event / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Research / Tanzania

Think food, but think fodder too!

Livestock are an important component of the farming system in Tanzania’s Babati District. However, recent increases in demand for food within the farming community in the region have led to permanent cultivation of more land to expand crop production. This has led to significant reduction of pastures for livestock, consequently leaving them vulnerable to starvation … Continue reading

AVRDC / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Nutrition / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Vegetables

Turning over a new leaf: How Amaranth farming has transformed the life of a woman farmer in Tanzania

Mrs. Ephraim Lukumay, a farmer in Bermi village, Babati District of Tanzania tells of how Amaranth farming has changed her life for the better – thanks to Africa RISING initiative to promote the vegetable in collaboration with AVRDC. Continue reading

Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / SLS

Africa RISING partners in Ethiopia trained on innovation platform facilitation, coordination and M&E

In September 2014, Africa RISING partners in Ethiopia received training on innovation platform (IP) facilitation, coordination and M&E. More than 50 people attended, including partners from CGIAR centres, regional research institutes and centres, universities, woredas and kebeles working with Africa RISING. Continue reading

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

Building local capacity to innovate: tools, methods and approaches for effective innovation platforms in Ethiopia

Innovation Platforms (IPs) have been established at Africa RISING research sites to bring together key local stakeholders to support integrated approaches to strengthen farming systems. These platforms help members to jointly conduct participatory research that identifies technologies and management practices that work for farmers. Continue reading

Africa / Event / HUMIDTROPICS / Innovation Systems / Knowledge and Information

Africa RISING learning event puts typologies, innovation systems and program framework under the lens

The second Africa RISING program learning event brought together over 65 staff and partners in Arusha, Tanzania, from 11-12 November 2014. They shared lessons and ideas to improve farm typology work, innovation systems and platforms, and dust off the program framework to gear it towards serious scaling up for the remaining two years. 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

Africa / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Research

Using ‘most significant change’ technique in Africa RISING project in Ethiopia

A number of lessons, success stories and even some negative change stories are expected to emerge from Africa RISING research-for-development interventions in the Ethiopian highlands. As part of our approach to monitor and evaluate the impact of Africa RISING innovation platforms, we plan to use the ‘Most Significant Change’ (MSC) technique in our monitoring and evaluation framework. Continue reading

CIP / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / ILRI / Intensification / Oromia / Photofilm / Postharvest / SNNPR / Trip Report

Field visits to Africa RISING Ethiopia research sites in Sinana and Lemo woredas

In July 2014, research teams visited Lemo and Sinana project woredas (districts) in the Ethiopian Highlands. The visits aimed to update local partners on planting activities in the main rain season as well as on pre- and post-harvest crop management issues. Continue reading

East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Interview / Tanzania

RISING voices: Mateete Bekunda, chief scientist East and Southern Africa (ESA) project

This RISING voices article features an interview with Mateete Bekunda, chief scientist in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) project of the Africa RISING Program and a farming systems agronomist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / DRYLANDSCRP / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / Interview / Staff

RISING voices: Mélanie Bacou, data management specialist (IFPRI)

In this interview, Mélanie Bacou – agro-economist consultant at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and data management specialist in Africa RISING – introduces herself and her work with Africa RISING. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in the program. Continue reading

Amhara / CIMMYT / CIP / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Pests / Photofilm / Tigray / Trip Report / Weeds

Field visits to Africa RISING Ethiopia research sites in Endamehoni and Basona Worena woredas

This photo trip report covers visits by the Africa RISING research teams to Endamehoni woreda in July 2014 and Basona Worena woreda in August 2014. The visits aimed to update local partners on planting activities in the main rain season as well as on pre- and post-harvest crop management issues. Continue reading

Aflatoxins / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Food safety / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Postharvest / Research / Tanzania

High levels of mycotoxins detected in Babati pose health risk to human and livestock health in Tanzania

Communities in Tanzania and the region could unknowingly be exposing themselves to potential health problems as a result of consuming foods that are contaminated with high levels of mycotoxins – poisonous chemicals that are produced by certain types of fungi and which are harmful to both humans and livestock. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Fodder and feed, a key to sustainable intensification of crop livestock system in Babati, Tanzania

Farmers lack of information on fodder, feeds and feeding; inadequate availability of feeds in terms of quantity and quality especially during the dry season; and poor storage, processing and utilization of crop residues in livestock management are the major causes of the low milk production in Babati according to a feed situation analysis carried out by Africa RISING in 2013 in Babati district, Manyara region. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Southern Africa

Africa RISING’s integrated technologies doubling smallholder farmers’ yields in East and Southern Africa

The Africa RISING program, now in its third year, has made significant progress in getting the different researchers from different backgrounds and institutions to work together in a truly integrated way to develop science-based solutions to the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. This in turn has seen impressive increases in the productivity of smallholder farmers involved in the research project across its five districts in East and Southern Africa. Continue reading

CIAT / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Value Chains

Africa RISING value chain report validation workshop underway in Ethiopia

A two week value chain report validation workshop is underway at the ILRI campu in Addis Ababa. The workshop is jointly organized by CIAT and the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia. It aims to validate and finalize the value chain studies that were conducted earlier this year. Continue reading

AVRDC / Crop-Livestock / Crops / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Nutrition / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Promoting dietary and income diversification through vegetable integration into maize/legume systems in Babati, Tanzania

Nearly half of the farmers in the Africa RISING action sites in Tanzania integrate vegetables into their maize-based farming systems as a strategy to increase and diversify their income and diet according to a household socioeconomic characterization survey conducted by Africa RISING. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Knowledge and Information / SLS / Women

Africa RISING Ethiopia project identifies gender ‘champions’

Following the recent workshop on ‘Integrating Gender into Agricultural Programming’, the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian Highlands has decided to engage ‘gender champions’ to raise gender awareness, cultivate gender equity and ensure sustainability of gender work in the project. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / NRM / Photofilm / Sheep / Small Ruminants / SNNPR / Trip Report / Water

Irrigated fodder and sheep fattening field visit to Lemo, Ethiopia

This photo trip report presents images from a recent field visit (23-25 July 2014) to assess progress with these livestock and irrigation activities conducted together with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI). Continue reading

Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Women

Developing capacities to address gender in agricultural projects in Ethiopia

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Workshop participants From 18-20 August, the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia joined forces with the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish to hold a gender training for staff and partners in both projects. The workshop aimed to introduce workshop participants to: Different concepts of gender and the importance of…

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 / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Research

Training on commodity-based innovation platforms enhances understanding of concepts key to Africa RISING success

Recently, several CGIAR staff and national partners from the Africa RISING project and the Humidtropics Program in Ethiopia travelled to Kisumu, Kenya (from 22-27 June 2014) to attend a training organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on how to set up and operate innovation platforms (IPs). Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Farmers as researchers for a day: Africa RISING Farmers’ Field Day in Tanzania

As much as farmers call me a breeder, they are breeders as well, ” said Wills Munthali, from ICRISAT Malawi, during a farmer’s field day in Njoro, in Kiteto district. “Under Africa RISING we are working hand in hand with farmers in the selection of improved varieties. They are breeders as well. Continue reading

Amhara / CIP / Countries / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / ICRISAT / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / Partners / Regions / SNNPR / Subregions / Trip Report

Africa RISING CGIAR partners forge collaboration with partners working in Lemo and Basona Worena woredas in Ethiopia

In May this year, CGIAR partners in the Africa RISING Ethiopia project visited Lemo and Basona Worena woredas to meet with nationala nd local partners including universities, extension agencies, agricultural research centres and farmers about the project progress as well as the planned research activities. Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Interview / Mali / West Africa

Rencontre avec Bougouna Sogoba, Directeur de l’Association Malienne d’Eveil au Développement Durable (AMEDD)

L’Association Malienne d’Eveil au Développement Durable (AMEDD) est un partenaire important dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre des activités sur projet Africa RISING sur le terrain. L’ONG participe activement dans la mise en oeuvre des activités du projet notamment dans la région de Sikasso. Dans le cadre de l’atélier de planification du projet tenu à Bamako du 3 au 5 février 2014, nous avons posé quelques questions à son Directeur. Continue reading

East Africa / Fertilizer / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / NRM / Research / Soils / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Use fertilizer to boost yields: Key message during Babati Farmers’ Field Days

Inorganic fertilizers have a bad name in Babati (Tanzania) and are accused of ruining soils. Dispelling this myth and urging farmers to use them to boost their production was one of the key messages at a Farmers’ Field Day held in Babati District, 21 – 22 May 2014. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Photofilm / Story Type / Trip Report

Farmer research groups identified by Ethiopia RISING in Sinana woreda, Ethiopia

To this end a field visit was organized in Sinana in June 2014 to identify farmer research groups for crop and livestock related action research protocols. The project team was able to identify farmers that will participate in different research groups. Continue reading

AfricaRice / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Rice / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Weeds

Video shows farmers how to transplant seeds of lowland rice

Rice yields in Africa are low but this can be reversed with good management practices. For example, the yields can double and even triple when rice is transplanted as opposed to broadcasting. This farmer to farmer video produced by the Africa Rice Center shows farmers how to transplant seeds of lowland rice. Continue reading

Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Knowledge and Information / SLS

Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands establishes strategic and operational innovation platforms

In April 2014, the Africa RISING project organized a field trip to establish four strategic (woreda level) and eight operational (kebele level) Innovation Platforms (IPs) in its sites (Basona Worena in Amhara, Endamehoni in Tigray, Lemo in SNNPR and Sinana in Oromia). Continue reading

AfricaRice / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Rice / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Weeds

Rice weed management video shows farmers how to control weeds in lowland rice

Weeds are important constraints for rice production. Effective weed management can increase yields by more than 50%, but usually takes a lot of time. This farmer to farmer video produced by the Africa Rice Center shows farmers how to control weeds in lowland rice most effectively. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Of ‘super’ farmers and integrated farming systems in Tanzania

In far-flung Seloto Village, Babati district, Manyara Region, Northern Tanzania, a trail-blazing farmer participating in the Africa RISING project shows researchers how farming system integration works. Farmer Andrea Mayi is successfully integrating crop, livestock, and tree farming in his 6-acre (4.2 hectares) farm consisting of 1.2 hectares (3 acres) each of crops and livestock farming systems, and a tree farm. Continue reading

AfricaRice / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Rice / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Weeds

Video explains use of a rotary weeder in lowland rice

Weeds are important constraints for rice production. Effective weed management can increase yields by more than 50%, but usually takes a lot of time. One such labor-saving method is the use of the rotary weeder. This farmer to farmer video produced by the Africa Rice Center shows farmers how to control weeds in lowland rice most effectively. 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

Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / Forestry / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information

Innovation platforms to improve the productivity of mixed farming systems in Ethiopia

A recent study by ICRAF presents information on tree-crop-livestock farming system constraints in the four Africa RISING project sites in Ethiopia. It identifies local innovation platforms as a key mechanism to prioritize and work together on problems and solutions in each site. Specific roles and implementation modalities are set out. Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / Research / Southern Africa

Africa RISING researchers in learning visit to Malawi

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Africa RISING recently visited Malawi as part of a learning exchange visit of project sites and trials. Members of the team came from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Ethiopia representing the various CGIAR Centres implementing the project. They visited Africa RISING trial sites in Dedza and Ntcheu districts in Malawi representing the three agroecological zones that the project is working in: the dry and hot lowlands, the moderate temperature mid-altitude zone, and the comparatively cooler high-altitude zone. The researchers visited some of the “Mother-Baby” trials that the project is conducting in these two districts. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Africa RISING establishes a partnership platform to facilitate uptake and adoption of innovations by farmers in Babati District, Tanzania

The partners of the Africa RISING project and the Babati District Council have launched the Babati District Research for Development (R4D) platform to facilitate the uptake of the project’s innovations in the district. Babati District in Northern Tanzania is one of the three district the project is working in in Tanzania. The platform will help in setting priorities for the research and ensure sustainability of the project. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Babati R4D platform: Great expectations

After launching of the Babati District Research for Development (R4D) platform the Africa RISING partners and beneficiaries have high expectations of the the platform and those selected to the Platform’s Committee to represent various stakeholders have very clear ideas on their roles. The platform was well appreciated and many feel it will play a key role in pushing for the adoption of the new innovations and technologies generated by the project’s research. Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Southern Africa / Zambia

Broadening Africa RISING work in Zambia

The USAID Africa Bureau is providing support to Africa RISING (funded by the USAID Bureau for Food Security) for a study that advances the understanding of the landscape-level implications of farm-level sustainable intensification activities in Zambia. It will also inform the design of future integrated projects that address food security, climate change and biodiversity issues. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Knowledge and Information / Oromia / Photofilm / SLS / Trip Report

Innovation Platforms established by Africa RISING in Sinana woreda, Ethiopia

In March 2014, rhe Africa RISING team visited Sinana woreda aiming at briefing agricultural research, development and other stakeholders about the program’s and the project’s activities, and initiate the establishment of Innovation Platforms (IPs) with key partners. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Mali / Research / SLS / West Africa

Africa RISING reviews and plans its work in West Africa

Africa RISING’s 2013-2014 review and planning meeting for the West Africa region took place on 3 and 4 February 2014 in Bamako, Mali. The region’s steering committee also hosted a meeting on 4 February. Over 50 participants attended the meeting representing partners from the country teams of Ghana and Mali as well as observers from … 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

Africa / Crop-Livestock / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Research / West Africa

Africa RISING photofilm illustrates program’s work in Northern Ghana

This short photofilm presents some aspects of the work of Africa RISING in Ghana. It shows how it is helping farmers restore their degraded lands, increase crop and livestock production, and provide them with better incomes. Photos and story by Charlie Pye-Smith. Read three of Charlie’s blog posts from the same journey: Africa RISING in … Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Roundup

Matters ARISING – News from Africa RISING, January 2014

News and updates on Africa RISING projects in East, West and Southern Africa. Download a print version – or sign up to get Matters ARISING in your mailbox. Program news First Africa RISING program learning event On 24 September 2013, the first Africa RISING learning event kicked off at the ILRI campus in Ethiopia. The … Continue reading

Countries / Crop-Livestock / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Partners

Africa RISING – focusing on women and children in Ghana

Charlie Pye-Smith reports from Ghana for Africa RISING The Africa RISING program seeks to provide pathways out of hunger and poverty for smallholder families, and especially women and children, through the process of sustainable intensification. This involves producing more crops and livestock from the same piece of land, without degrading the natural resource base, thus … Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / West Africa

Africa RISING in Ghana – learning from experience

Charlie Pye-Smith reports from Ghana for Africa RISING During the first year of the Africa RISING project, a multidisciplinary team of researchers held discussions with some 4000 people in Northern Ghana. The study provided an overview of existing farming practices and the constraints associated with crop and livestock production. The community analysis, as it is … Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / West Africa

Africa RISING – promoting sustainable intensification in Northern Ghana

Charlie Pye-Smith reports from Ghana for Africa RISING “When I was young, we used to get eight or nine bags of maize per acre,” says Abukari Iddrisu. ”Now, I’m lucky if I get three bags, and this year it will be even less.” Like most farmers in Tibognayali, a community of 1900 people in Ghana’s … Continue reading

Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Participation

Participatory community analysis completed in eight Africa RISING sites in Ethiopia

In 2013, the Africa RISING team in Ethiopia carried out a Participatory Community Analyses (PCA) in all the eight sites. This was the first phase in a participatory research and extension process, including kebele engagement and social mobilization, that provided each kebele some opportunities to analyse their own challenges and opportunities.
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DRYLANDSCRP / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification

Monitoring and evaluation moved closer to the heart of Africa RISING

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has so far rather seemed like an add on to the Africa RISING program. Perhaps this was due to its being devolved to another organization – the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) – rather than to the institutes leading the three regional projects (the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture – … Continue reading

Africa / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Participation / Southern Africa / West Africa

A wealth of tools and approaches spotted at the Africa RISING learning event

The recent Africa RISING program learning event (24-26 September 2013) revealed an incredible wealth of tools and approaches used across the program. The list includes: West Africa Tools for collecting data Mother-baby trials (mentioned in this article) Participatory community analysis (PRAE, PRA, RRA) FEAST Impact LITE Biomass assessment tool Focus group discussions Value chain analysis … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / IITA / West Africa

Cross-regional perspectives on Africa RISING: West African scientists on progress in East and Southern Africa

During the recent East and Southern Africa review and planning meeting, team members from Africa RISING in West Africa joined the discussions. We asked Asamoah Larbi (IITA Coordinator of Africa RISING for West Africa) and Tom van Mourik (team leader for Mali at ICRISAT) to reflect on the work done by the three site teams … Continue reading

Africa / AVRDC / CIAT / CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / ICRISAT / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / Malawi / NRM / Nutrition / Pests / Research / Seeds / SLS / Soils / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Water

Africa RISING East and Southern Africa review and planning 2013 meeting: Integration drives agendas

Even in a program like Africa RISING, where Sustainable Intensification is at the heart of the approach, such key concepts should not be taken for granted. A recent conference about ‘sustainable intensification’ in Accra showed that there are widely different understandings about such complex approaches. The 2013 review and planning meeting of the East and … Continue reading

Africa / CIAT / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Value Chains

Africa RISING initiates market and value chain studies in Ethiopia

Africa RISING’s research component (3) focuses on market value chains. The Ethiopia team working on these issues met this week to review the work plan for market and value chains in the project. They also discussed the tools to be used to collect relevant data and information. The team comprises staff from CIAT, ILRI, CIP, … 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

Africa / Agroforestry / Countries / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Forestry / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Trees

ICRAF team visit Africa RISING sites to assess progress on the local knowledge field work

In July, an ICRAF team comprising Aster Gebrekirstos (ICRAF scientist), Kiros Hadgu (ICRAF Ethiopia Country Representative) and Anne Kuria (ICRAF researcher) visited Lemu Woreda which contains two of the eight Kebeles of the  Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian Highlands. The aim of the visit was to see progress on the local knowledge acquisition field … Continue reading

Africa / Crops / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / West Africa

USAID and Africa RISING team visit project sites in Northern Ghana

Mid July 2013, a team from the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program and donor representatives visited project intervention sites in Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana, to observe and monitor project progress. The team was composed of USAID representatives led by Jerry Glover, senior project advisor; Tracy … Continue reading

CIMMYT / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / Intensification / Partners / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Project boosting productivity of farmers’ traditional mixed farming systems in Tanzania

“I like variety 5. The cob has many rows and the grains have filled the cob well. There are also two cobs on the maize stalk,” Esther Liberati, 43-year-old farmer from Seloto village in Babati district in Tanzania, explains her number one choice from a set of 10 different types of maize being tested for … Continue reading

Aflatoxins / Africa / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Regions / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Keeping deadly poison off key crops along the value chain in Tanzania

Increasing crop production does not always lead to more food and a healthier population. In some cases, the consumption of the crops and their products may instead lead to serious health problems in both human beings and livestock and even death. One such instance is when the crops are contaminated with mycotoxins, poisonous substances produced … Continue reading

CIAT / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Regions / SARI / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Climbing beans doubling yields in Tanzania

Climbing beans are turning out to be one of the winning innovations being introduced by Africa RISING in Babati district, Tanzania. The beans have tendrils which coil around supporting stakes or strings and can grow as high as 2 meters tall and produce many pods and leaves. According to Edgar Lyakurwa, an extension officer with … Continue reading

Africa / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / West Africa

Africa RISING sites in Ghana

The project areas in Ghana consist of three administrative regions in the north of the country—the Upper West, the Upper East, and the Northern regions. The whole region is characterized by small land holdings of low input–output farming systems with low yields and household food and nutritional insecurity. Some of the major problems raised by … Continue reading

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

Smallholder farmers in Ghana cite benefits from Africa RISING project

In a recent visit to project communities in northern Ghana, many farmers participating in field trials said that they are “thankful to Africa RISING for the many interventions introduced by the project to help their communities.” One woman farmer leader in Nyangwa, Kassena-Nankan District, Upper Eastern Region, said “I am happy that women are not … Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Interview / Knowledge and Information

Photofilm training to better document and communicate agricultural research in Ethiopia

A key part of the Africa RISING communication strategy is to really engage with and document the knowledge and experiences of the communities where it works. Alongside more classical research communication, the project is therefore exploring multimedia formats like video, photographs and ultimately radio and mobile phones as tools to enrich multi-way communication. Africa RISING … Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Roundup

Matters ARISING – News from Africa RISING, July 2013

Matters  ARISING is the news update of the Africa RISING program. It brings you news and updates on from our projects in East, West and Southern Africa. Download a print version – or sign up to get Matters ARISING in your mailbox . Program news Early win projects completed in 2012 In the first year of the program, to produce … Continue reading

Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Participation / West Africa / Women

Africa RISING helps female scientists improve knowledge on experimental design and data analysis in Ghana

Africa RISING partnered with Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to organize a two-week course on experimental design and data analysis for female scientists from 12 research institutions and universities in Ghana.
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HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / PCT

Africa RISING Program Coordination Team update

The second Africa RISING program coordination team meeting was held virtually on 24 June 2013. Participants reviewing actions points and progress updates from the three Africa RISING projects in East and Southern Africa, West Africa and the Ethiopian highlands, from USAID, Communication activities and from IFPRI on Monitoring and Evaluation. The meeting also covered major  ongoing/planned … Continue reading

Africa / CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / Research / Southern Africa

Sustainable intensification and diversification of maize-based farming systems in Malawi – early win project report

This Africa RISING supported project aims to analyze  the impact of three agricultural production systems –conservation agriculture, continuous no-till maize and conventional tillage — on food production, soil fertility and quality, human nutrition, resilience to drought and climate variability and change and household income in Malawi. Support from Africa RISING was crucial in sustaining this … 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

Africa / DRYLANDSCRP / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / PCT

First Africa RISING Program Coordination Team meeting held in Ghana

Comprising three linked regions projects, Africa RISING has put in place several integration and learning mechanisms at the overall program level. These include a monitoring and evaluation project led by IFPRI and a communication activity led by ILRI. An overall Program Coordination Team (PCT), with representatives from each region, provides advice and coordination across the … Continue reading

AfricaRice / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Mali / NRM / Nutrition / Pests / Postharvest / Research / Rice / Seeds / Soils / Water / West Africa

Africa RISING consultations in Ghana: Getting the plans right and partners engaged

From 23-25 January 2013, the West Africa project component of the Africa RISING program hosted a number of consultations in Accra, Ghana – a stakeholder meeting on 23 January then a West Africa steering committee meeting on 24 January. Alongside these, the first Program Coordination Committee meeting was held on 25 January. The purpose of … Continue reading

Africa / AfricaRice / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Forestry / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Research / Southern Africa / West Africa

Africa RISING program document: The thinking behind the overall approach

The Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program comprises three research-for-development projects supported by the United States Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. Through action research and development partnerships, Africa RISING will create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty … Continue reading

AfricaRice / AVRDC / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Mali / Research / West Africa

Ghana and Mali bustling as Africa RISING activities take off in West Africa

The West Africa project of the Africa RISING program has been bustling with activities: The review and planning meeting for year one was completed in October 2012; a West Africa stakeholder meeting will take place on 23 January 2013 in Accra, Ghana. In addition, the Africa RISING teams from Ghana and Mali have recently been … Continue reading

Agroforestry / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / Malawi / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Trees

Africa RISING early win project: Evergreen Agriculture to increase productivity and resilience of mixed farming systems in Tanzania and Malawi

Evergreen agriculture is a form of agroforestry that integrates trees with crops, maintaining a green cover on the land throughout the year.  It is one of the options to intensify agriculture to increase production and also provides environmental benefits including managing soil fertility and moisture. The early win project, ‘Evidence for Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture to … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ILRI / Intensification / Research / SLS

Characterizing farming and livestock production systems in Ethiopia: Assessing the potential for Africa RISING interventions

As part of the feed and fodder early win project, three reports were recently produced for the Ethiopian Highland project of Africa RISING: Characterization of the livestock production systems and the potential of feed-based interventions for improving livestock productivity in Sinana district, Bale highlands, Ethiopia – read the report Characterization of the farming and livestock … Continue reading

CIAT / Crops / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / Intensification / Malawi / Seeds / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Zambia

Boosting the production of quality seeds of improved varieties of maize and legumes in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia

While improved varieties can give farmers increased yields, the percentage of small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa growing them is very low, especially for legumes. One reason for this is the unavailability and unaffordability of the seeds. The early win project on ‘Multiplication of breeder and basic seed for Maize and Legumes in Tanzania, Malawi, and … Continue reading

AfricaRice / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Rice / Tanzania / Weeds

Creating awareness on labor-saving technologies for weed control in rice production: Africa RISING success stories

Weeds are one of the major constraints to rice production in sub-Saharan Africa. Without control, they can cause yield losses ranging from 28% to 89%. One major contributing factor is the lack of knowledge and information on labor-saving weed control and management technologies among farmers and extension workers. This early win project on ‘Building local … Continue reading

CIAT / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / Malawi / Tanzania / Zambia

Africa RISING early win project: How seed systems can work for small scale farmers in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia?

Many varieties of maize and legumes with good traits have been developed and released and there have been a lot of efforts by governments, farmer’s organizations, non-governmental organization and private seed companies, to get them to the farmers. Africa RISING’s early win project ‘Identifying efficient seed system (s) practices/models to accelerate the access to quality … Continue reading

Aflatoxins / Crops / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Tanzania

Safe or a deadly poison? Determining the levels of harmful ‘mycotoxins’ in key staples in Tanzania

Mycotoxins are deadly chemicals produced by naturally-occurring fungi which contaminate key staples crops while in the field and in storage and adversely affect the health of human and livestock. They thrive when crops suffer drought or insect attack in the field, are harvested when conditions are wet and stored in places that are warm and … Continue reading

AfricaRice / AVRDC / Crops / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Nutrition / Tanzania

Boosting production of vegetables among rice farmers to diversify their income and nutrition

In Morogoro, one of the major rice producing areas in Tanzania, the farmers use residue water from rice irrigation to grow vegetables for additional income and to improve their nutrition. They however face many challenges, which the early win research project on “Enhancing vegetable value chains in rice-based and sole crop production systems to improve … Continue reading

Agroforestry / CIAT / Crops / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / NRM / Research / Soils / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Water / Zambia

Cataloguing tested crop, soil, and water management options in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia

Various organizations have developed and promoted many practices aimed at improving yields, and managing water and soil at the farm level. Which of these have farmers really adopted and what factors have led to the adoption or non- adoption? Which of these are really effective and can be scaled up in the Africa RISING project? … Continue reading

Crops / HUMIDTROPICS / Malawi / NRM / Nutrition / Soils / Southern Africa

Africa RISING early win project in Malawi: Expanding no-till agriculture to increase income and diversify diets

Conservation agriculture, which involves minimum tillage of the land and retaining crop residues on the land, has proven useful for increasing yield and at the same time managing soil fertility and increasing farmers resilience to drought and climate variability in Malawi. However, so far the technology has mainly focused on maize. Can the technology be … Continue reading

AfricaRice / AVRDC / CIAT / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Drylands / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / ICRISAT / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / Mali / NRM / Research / SLS / Soils / Water / West Africa

Africa RISING year one in West Africa: Review over, planning done …

The third Africa RISING review and planning workshop took place 23-25 October in Tamale, Ghana. The review of that first year helped develop an agenda for subsequent years. For this meeting, 60 participants gathered at the Modern City Hotel to hear progress about activities in year one and to develop integrated research plans on sustainable intensification for … 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

Agroforestry / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / Nutrition / Soils / Southern Africa

Sustainable intensification explained: How Rhoda Mang’Anya made it work in Malawi

The story of Rhoda Mang’Anya, a farmer in Malawi, is one of the best examples of possible pathways to sustainable intensification. Although it is not a story from Africa RISING, it illustrates very well the kind of pathways that Africa RISING would like to enable. Rhoad Mang’Anya acquired her half-hectare plot in the early 1990’s. … 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

Crop-Livestock / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Mali / Research / West Africa

Preparing for the Africa RISING West Africa review and planning meeting: Interview with Asamoah Larbi

Asamoah Larbi is chief scientist for the Guinea Savannah region of Africa RISING in West Africa. He attended the recent East and Southern Africa review and planning meeting and is now planning for the similar West Africa workshop taking place 19-23 October. Here Asamoah reflects on Africa RISING progress in his region, and particularly Ghana.  … Continue reading

DRYLANDSCRP / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification

Integration, cross-learning, synergies: Keywords for the next Africa RISING phase in East and Southern Africa

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, coordinator of the East and Southern Africa region for Africa RISING, answered some questions following the recently completed annual review and planning meeting for Africa RISING’s East and Southern Africa region and the wider program. She shared her keywords for the next phase and the focus is clearly on the whole project being … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Crops / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Africa RISING charts strategic roadmap to boost productivity of smallholder mixed-farming growers in East and Southern Africa

Mixed-farming smallholder growers in East and Southern Africa are slated to see a boost in their production and productivity resulting from a strategy that will see agricultural experts from different disciplines and farmers working hand-in-hand at the farm and village levels. International and national agricultural researchers converged in Arusha, Tanzania from 1 to 5 October … Continue reading

East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Malawi / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Zambia

Looking back at the Africa RISING East and Southern Africa review and planning meeting: Interviewing Mateete Bekunda

Mateete Bekunda joined Africa RISING in April this year as the Farming Systems Agronomist for the East and Southern Africa region. He kindly accepted to share his views about the recent review and planning meeting which closed on 5 October. A lot of work – and learning – remains, but the path is clearer. What was achieved with this … Continue reading

Agroforestry / Animal Feeding / CIAT / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ICRAF / IFPRI / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / NRM / Research / Trees / Water

Ethiopian Highlands review and planning meeting: consultation, reflection and action!

The inception phase of Africa RISING is coming to an end on 30 September. All ‘jumpstart activities’ and ‘early win’ projects from this phase have to be completed, and the broad program is coming out of the ground. The first of the three projects to officially wrap up the inception phase and pave the way … 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

Africa / CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Participation

Participatory research for development in Africa RISING – an email exchange

Over the last few days, in relation with an upcoming final workshop for the ‘farm scale research design‘ early win project, an interesting e-mail exchange took place between Prof. Ken Giller of Wageningen University and Dr. Jens Andersson on the proposed research for development (R4D) approach for the Africa RISING program in the Ethiopian Highlands. This conversation … Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Ghana / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / Intensification / Malawi / Mali / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / West Africa / Zambia

Monitoring and evaluation in Africa RISING – paving the way to impact

From 5 to 7 September 2012, a group of people from the three Africa RISING regions (re-baptized ‘mega sites’, i.e. West Africa, Ethiopian Highlands and East and Southern Africa) met to elaborate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) directions for the program. This workshop was organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It aimed at … Continue reading

Agroforestry / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / ILRI / Intensification / NRM / Trees

Ethiopian platform on land and water management acts as sounding board of tree-crop-livestock intensification ‘early win’ project

The early win project ‘Sustainable tree-crop-livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy initiative‘ recently gained visibility and garnered useful feedback during a workshop hosted by a related network. The national platform on land and water management is a multi-stakeholder learning and sharing forum for all Ethiopian actors concerned with the … Continue reading

Africa / AfricaRice / AVRDC / CIAT / CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ICRAF / ICRISAT / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / Research / Southern Africa / West Africa

Africa RISING review and planning meetings scheduled for the final quarter of 2012

The Africa RISING project is now in full swing in the three regions – West Africa, Ethiopian Highlands and East and Southern Africa (ESA). In West Africa, a ‘fast track’ implementation work plan has been agreed for the two countries concerned (Mali and Ghana). The implementation team has identified four districts and five communities in … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / ILRI / Intensification / Research / Trees

Local knowledge training exercise: Unpacking tree-crop-livestock interactions in Tigray

From 11 to 22 June 2012, students from Mekelle University visited the field site of Abreha We Atsbeha in a semi-arid area of the Tigray Region, to unpack tree-crop-livestock interactions on farms within the field site, to assess drivers influencing incorporation of trees on farms and constraints and opportunities for increasing tree cover through agroforestry interventions. The ‘Sustainable tree-crop-livestock intensification as … Continue reading

CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / Crops / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Malawi / Research / Southern Africa

Conservation agriculture in Malawi: “We always have problems with rain here”

Earlier this year, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Malawi led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). A news story from this project explains how smallholder maize farmers in Malawi are adopting sustainable crop management practices that cut labor and help capture and hold rainfall, salvaging harvests when water is … 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

Crop-Livestock / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / Intensification

Africa RISING pulse project holds inception workshop in the Bale highlands of Ethiopia

On 31 May 2012, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Sinana Agricultural Research Center (SARC) hosted an inception workshop for the Africa RISING ‘early win’ project on the integration of pulses in crop-livestock production systems in the Bale Highlands of Ethiopia. The project intends to improve cropping system … Continue reading