CIAT / CIMMYT / CIP / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ICRAF / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Report / Value Chains

Technology showcases in Africa RISING Phase II in Ethiopia

During its first phase (2012-2016), the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) project in the Ethiopian highlands implemented various action-based on-farm research activities that align with the Ethiopian government priorities. A total of 22 action-related protocols alongside 11 explanatory protocols were identified and grouped under seven thematic areas. Feed and … Continue reading

Capacity strengthening / CapDev / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / MAIZECRP / Scaling / Value Chains

Toolkits developed to support Africa RISING partners’ capacities in Ethiopia

The Africa RISING project in collaboration with the Capacity Development Unit of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), has  developed a scaling strategy and capacity development toolkits that will synthesize and integrate the project’s thinking and approaches to enhance the scaling up the capacity of its partners. Continue reading

Amhara / Capacity strengthening / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Fruit / ICRAF / ILRI / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Scaling

Training offers skills for scaling up apple farming in North Shewa, Ethiopia

Africa RISING in collaboration with the private Faji Apple farm in Debre Birhan organized a series of training sessions on apple production and management for scaling-up partners in North Shewa Zone, Amhara region in July 2017. Continue reading

Event / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / M&E / MAIZECRP / Participation / PCT / Research / SAG (science advisory group) / Scaling / Tanzania

Advisory group re-formed to spearhead science for development in Africa RISING

The newly-formed Science Advisory Group (SAG) was formed for the first time in Africa RISING’s phase I at a meeting that brought together SAG members, most of the program coordination team and the people championing four of the Africa RISING communities of practice. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Fodder / Forages / Gender / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / poster / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Gender implications of introducing forage chopper machines in northern Tanzania

In 2015, livestock scientists implementing Africa RISING research-in-development activities (R-in-D) introduced forage chopper machines in seven villages in Babati District, northern Tanzania. One year later (in 2016), social scientists evaluated the gender implications of the new processing practices among farmers’ groups. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Lucerne / Oromia / SLS

Tree lucerne a promising animal feed option for Ethiopia farmers

Tree lucerne is a key supplementary feed for ruminant animals and is an important source of protein for animal fattening and milk production and can be mixed with other livestock feeds including those based on crop residues or hay. Continue reading

Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / Intensification / LIVESTOCKCRP / Participation / PIL / Research / Scaling / Women

Integrating gender into Africa RISING scaling activities

Failing to take into account gender differences in needs, preferences, roles and responsibilities, access to and control of resources (such as labour, inputs, credit, and land), and power imbalances can limit the reach and scale of Africa RISING technologies. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Research / SLS / Women

Gender-based constraints and opportunities to agricultural intensification in Ethiopia

This literature review employs a community capital’s framework to provide a holistic perspective of the stock and interaction between the capitals required by men and women farmers for effective engagement in agricultural intensification. The review was was validated by male and female farmers in four regions of Ethiopia. Continue reading

Africa / Event / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / PCT / Research / Scaling

Connecting research-in-development dots and investing in dynamic scaling pathways – Africa RISING phase2 kicks off with science for impact event

What’s new in Africa RISING? What are the intrinsic changes to the DNA of the program? How will the project achieve these high impact developmental objectives? Does the project completely shift its focus from research to development? Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Research / SLS

Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands lessons from Phase I

During phase I, the project has learned a number of lessons in Ethiopia that will be key to designing an effective phase II that will generate development impacts at scale. These include issues around partnerships, capacity development, research management, budget utilization and specific approaches to exploratory and action research. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / Scaling / SLS

More scaling, less research – Africa RISING project in Ethiopia looks forward to Phase II

To set plans and priorities for phase 2, in November 2016 the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands organized a two days review and planning meeting to look back phase I outputs and achievements, provide an overview of the phase II project and approach, review and refine scaling proposals from phase I, and discuss implementation processes for Phase II. Continue reading

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

CIAT / CIMMYT / CIP / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ICRAF / ICRISAT / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / Research / SLS / SNNPR

Ethiopian farmers are intensifying and integrating Africa RISING interventions in a stepwise fashion

Seventeen core action-oriented interventions have been introduced by the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia and validated under diverse socioeconomic and agro-ecological conditions. Over the years, researchers engaged participating farmers to test options adjusted to the needs of households with differing capacities, approaches to risk and levels of resource endowment. This allowed farmers to select interventions based on their interest and priorities. Between 2012 and 2016, farmers were involved in the selection and validation of the project interventions in a stepwise and iterative manner. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Fruit / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRAF / ILRI / Intensification / SLS / SNNPR / Trees

Beyond adoption – fruit farmers in Ethiopia are innovating with their Africa RISING technologies

The Africa RISING project in Ethiopia has been promoting improved high-value fruit trees, such as improved avocado and apple varieties. Take up has been good, but is constrained by technical issues as well as limited local seedling supplies. Farmers have adopted the new varieties; some are also innovating themselves to address some of the challenges they encountered. Continue reading

CIP / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Nutrition / Vegetables

Agricultural pathways to improved nutrition in the Ethiopian highlands: dietary practices

Poor diets, inappropriate feeding practices and disease are primary causes of maternal and child under-nutrition. Dietary diversity is an important element of dietary quality, a strong predictor of micronutrient adequacy and overall nutrition status. Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / Mali / NRM / Participation / Research / SLS / Video / West Africa

Conventions locales de gestion des ressources naturelles: schema pastoral au sud du Mali

En Afrique de l’Ouest, comme dans la plupart des pays d’Afrique Sub-Sahélienne, les ressources naturelles constituent la base de la vie quotidienne des hommes, particulièrement pour les pauvres qui dans la majorité des cas vivent dans le milieu rural où leur moyens de subsistances dépendent presque exclusivement des activités agricoles et de l’élevage. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Malawi / Mali / Research / Scaling / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania / West Africa / Zambia

Boost for Africa’s smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable agricultural technologies as USAID announces $ 50 million Africa RISING Phase 2

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security in Washington DC has announced funding for a second 5-year phase of the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program beginning October 2016. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Feeds / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Intensification / poster / Poultry / SLS / Southern Africa

Characterization of local chicken production and management systems in Babati, Tanzania

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, highlights a study that generated fundamental information for improved nutritional management in rural chicken production in Tanzania. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Participation / Research / Scaling / SLS / Value Chains

Africa RISING partnerships increase scaling out of agricultural technologies in Ethiopia

The final innovation platform meetings in all four regions where Africa RISING is present in Ethiopia took place in June and July 2016. These meetings offer a chance to look back at some of the achievements, issues and questions around the project and its upscaling efforts. Experiences from the platform meetings show that promising scaling up activities are taking place with strong support from partners. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / poster / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Intensification of smallholder livestock production through utilization of crop residues for livestock feed in Tanzania

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains findings from studies which characterized the use of crop residues for livestock feed as an option for enhancing intensification in smallholder farms in Bahati District in Tanzania. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Fodder / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Irrigation / IWMI / Livestock / Research / Scaling / SLS / SNNPR / WLE

Irrigated fodder opportunities for small-scale farmers in Ethiopia

Africa RISING and the Innovation Laboratory for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) funded by USAID under FtF, are partnering with the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chain for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project funded by Global Affairs Canada to evaluate irrigated fodder in Ethiopia. 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

Africa / CIP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Potato / SLS / SNNPR / Women

I aspire to increase my productivity and run a profitable restaurant – Tadelech Lachemo

Mrs Tadelech Lachemo took part in Africa RISING”s potato seed multiplication training in June 2014. She received 7 quintals of the improved (Gudene) potato variety – the variety was selected based on preferences expressed during an Africa RISING field day. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / SLS

Africa RISING Ethiopia reviews progress and plans for 2016 and beyond

Earlier this month, the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands organised its annual review and planning meeting. On the agenda: Reviewing progress in 2015, discussing future plans. Around 60 participants representing CGIAR partners, national and local government representatives, non-government, universities and the private sector attended. Continue reading

Amhara / CIAT / CIMMYT / CIP / Ethiopia / Field Day / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ICRAF / ICRISAT / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / Oromia / SNNPR / Tigray

End of season field days in Ethiopia zoom in on promising interventions

Africa RISING project has been organizing several field days since 2013 for a range of participants at its 4 sites and 8 research kebeles. The project had organized mid-season, end season and larger field days to demonstrate its on-farm research interventions, get feedback from participating and non-participating farmers and other local and CGIAR partners. Continue reading

Ethiopia / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Scaling / SLS / Tigray

Africa RISING Endamehoni site showcases good practices in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Africa RISING Endamehoni site has been identified as one of the best practice site from Tigray region. In a visit that was organized as part of the Tigray region farmers’ festival and experience exchange the team identified Africa RISING Endamehoni site as one of the best practice site from Tigray region. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Participation / Report / Research / SLS

Engaging with farmers: Experiences from Africa RISING in the Ethiopian Highlands

Since 2012 , Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands engaged quite a number of farmers (men, women and youth) in all the research processes including diagnosis, participation of different on-farm research trials, demonstration and evaluation, decision making and capacity building activities through different approaches. Continue reading

Brief / CIAT / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Potato / SLS / Value Chains

Demand-oriented production key to sustainable and effective potato value chains in Ethiopia

A recent addition to the Ethiopian diet, the potato—unlike cereals—has a short crop cycle, and, therefore, could substantially improve the incomes and livelihoods of producers, traders and other actors in the potato value chain. However, the value chain is generally underdeveloped. Continue reading

Brief / CIAT / East Africa / Ethiopia / Faba bean / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Legumes / Potato / Seeds / SLS / Value Chains / Wheat

Bringing wheat, potato and faba bean seeds to market in the Ethiopian Highlands

In Ethiopia, seed systems for potato, wheat and faba beans are dominated by state entities, such as government bureaus and national, regional and locally-based research centres, local farmer cooperatives and cooperative unions. There are also some individual seed producers. An important function of research institutes is to produce and supply pre-basic and basic seeds. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Interview / Research / SLS / Staff / Women

RISING voices: Annet Mulema, gender specialist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ethiopia

Annet Mulema, gender specialist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), introduces herself and her work with the program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING. Continue reading

Brief / CIAT / East Africa / Ethiopia / Faba bean / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / SLS / Value Chains

Adding value in a changing world: Mechanizing small scale faba bean processing in Ethiopia

Faba beans are a major pulse crop important in the Ethiopian diet. The bean is a major source of protein for urban and rural dwellers. Various traditional faba bean dishes such as ‘full’ and ‘shuro wot’ are eaten at breakfast and dinner. A common component of family diets, faba bean demand is high, potentially offering farmers a significant source of income. Continue reading

Brief / CIP / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Nutrition / SLS

Pathways to improved nutrition in the Ethiopian highlands: Policy and institutional issues

Despite encouraging progress in strengthening nutrition policies and improving nutritional outcomes, under-nutrition remains a significant public health problem in Ethiopia; in 2014, stunting, wasting and underweight of children under five were estimated at 40%, 20% and 9% (Ethiopian Mini Demographic and Health Survey 2014). Continue reading

Brief / CIP / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Nutrition / SLS

Pathways to improved nutrition in the Ethiopian highlands: Do agricultural production systems address nutrition?

The food production system is an important part of nutrition; it includes the production, availability, access and desirability of food. It largely determines traditional consumption practices and shapes diets. So far, Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in addressing food insecurity through strong policies and multi-sectorial approaches at national level. Continue reading

Brief / CIAT / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Research / SLS / Value Chains / Wheat

Upgrading wheat grain quality along the value chain in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the second largest wheat producing country in Africa after South Africa. Wheat is a major grain crop grown for consumption and sale and demand for wheat quality products in Ethiopia is growing, particularly during fasting periods,creating opportunities for increased wheat production. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / ILRIComms / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / NRM / Research / Social Learning

Social learning for farming systems – Insights from Africa RISING in Ethiopia

Addressing the question of how to sustainably intensify farming systems can benefit from collaborative and iterative social learning processes. This post reflects on what Africa RISING is doing and could do to strengthen social learning, based on interviews with program staff. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Oromia / Potato / SLS

Africa RISING Ethiopia local partners join hands to scale farmer-preferred technologies

Since 2013, the Africa RISING project in Sinana district (woreda) has engaged local partners in its research for development interventions in two villages (kebeles) to test and evaluate technologies that work best in the local context, identify innovations preferred by farmers and support scaling up within and beyond the woreda. Continue reading

Brief / CIAT / CIP / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / ILRI / Intensification / SLS

Briefs document emerging results from Africa RISING projects

The Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands recently organized a writeshop to heklp researchers document and generate results and evidence from their work. As well as making progress on several articles, participants produced several ‘evidence’ briefs. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Research / SLS / Women

Africa RISING Ethiopia studies factors enhancing or hindering women farmers’ participation in agricultural research

In Ethiopia, the number of women engaged in agriculture is increasing as more men withdraw from farming. Although women play a central role in agriculture and family well-being, their roles remains invisible and women farmers’ participation in agricultural research and extension is still very low. Africa RISING recently carried out a study to better understand these issues. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / West Africa

Crop residues bring in cash and feeds for farmers in northern Ghana – study

Assorted feeds from crop residues such as cowpea hay, groundnut haulms, to agro-industrial by-products (bran of maize, rice and sorghum) and fresh grass are fast becoming big business in northern Ghana. Continue reading

Africa / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / ILRI / Mali / NRM / West Africa

A new dawn in Zanzoni, Mali as natural resource management conventions are formalized

Through the Africa RISING project, ILRI and AMEDD (a local Malian NGO) have worked with the local community in Zanzoni since September 2013 to ensure that they have a more equitable and sustainable management of natural resources in the mixed crop-livestock systems that dominate the region. Continue reading

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

Facilitating participatory research: Scientists train farmers and extension officers in Babati-Tanzania on forage data collection

Farmers and extension agents from Babati District in Tanzania took part in a training, held on 20 April 2015, by Africa RISING scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as part of activities to integrate improved forages into smallholder crop-livestock systems through capacity building for farmers and extension officers. Continue reading

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

Measuring innovation platform contributions through participatory monitoring and evaluation

It has not easy to measure innovation platforms (IPs) contribution to research and development outcomes. From ILRI’s experience, the complex nature of issues that IPs try to address and the more emphasis given to effective integration of IPs into the research process, rather than evaluating their contribution to intervention outcomes, have contributed to an information gap. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / SLS

Africa RISING in Ethiopia – How are we doing?

It is some time since I have been able to visit our field sites in Ethiopia. The Christmas break and our jaunts in India and California seem to have taken out most of 2015 so far. So, it has been really interesting for me to join our internally-commissioned, external review team during their fact-finding tours of the Lemo and Endamehoni sites.
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Capacity strengthening / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / SLS

Capacity building strategies and approaches for the Africa RISING Ethiopia project

The Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian Highlands promotes capacity building for human resources development and strengthening local partner organizations in a range of ways, all of which are designed to respond to demand from all of our partners. Continue reading

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

Innovation platforms – scaling research findings in Lemo, Ethiopia

The 2nd Lemo woreda Innovation platform (IP) meeting was held on 19th Feb 2015 in Hosanna, the capital of the woreda. The focus of the meeting was to share the findings of the action research the project carried out in 2014 to local partners for potential scaling up. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Forages / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / ILRI / Livestock / Research / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Participatory evaluation of productivity and farmer preferences of selected Napier grass accessions in northern Tanzania

At this week’s international conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, Gregory Sikumba presented a poster on farmer preferences of selected Napier grass accessions in northern Tanzania. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Event / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / ICRAF / ICRISAT / IITA / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information

International Conference calls for integrated systems research for sustainable intensification in smallholder agriculture

Agricultural scientists and researchers from over 30 nations gather today at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria, for the International Conference on Integrated Systems for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, which lasts through March 6. Continue reading

CIMMYT / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Research / South Asia / Trip Report / Value Chains

A photo trip report from the Africa RISING – CSISA cross learning exchange

Technical leads of the Africa RISING project in West Africa, East and Southern Africa and Ethiopia took part in a cross learning exchange on sustainable intensification from 28 January to 4 February 2015. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Innovation platforms in Africa RISING: Theory and practice

In Africa RISING, innovation platforms are one of the mechanisms of ensuring research is put into use and actually contributes to solving real problems that are based on a real demand. Here is an overview of the theory, practice and perspectives around innovation platforms in the program. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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 / 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Animal Feeding / Ethiopia / ICARDA / ILRI / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Feed assessment tool training organized by Africa RISING with Livestock and Fish program in Ethiopia

Feed availability is a major constraint to increasing livestock productivity in Ethiopia. Introducing technologies is one of the most common ways that agricultural research and development organizations can assist the farmers they serve.

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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

ILRI / Knowledge and Information

ICT and agriculture conference – take away messages for Africa RISING

In early November, over 400 delegates gathered in Kigali to discuss advances in ICTs for agriculture. The conference had three streams focusing on: emerging innovations in ICTs supporting agricultural development, capacity strengthening and stakeholder empowerment for improved livelihood and engagement in agricultural development processes and enabling environment for the agricultural sector to maximize the benefits … Continue reading

Amhara / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / Oromia / Research / SNNPR / Tigray

Africa RISING Ethiopia team reviews progress and plans

The Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands organized its review and planning meeting in Addis Ababa from 30th October to 1 November 2013. The meeting aimed to review project progress and results, synthesize ongoing diagnostic work and agree outline work plans for 2013-2014 and general responsibilities of partners. Around 45 participants representing government partners … 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 / CIP / Countries / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification / Partners / Regions

Africa RISING uses IMPACT-Lite survey tool to document baseline data in Ethiopia

Africa RISING in the Ethiopian highlands in partnership with the International Potato Center (CIP) has been carrying out an on-farm research demonstration in all the eight Kebeles where the project is working. The purpose of this on-farm research is to demonstrate improved crops with improved management practices, and to document lessons and challenges for future … 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

Africa / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification

Africa RISING Ethiopia project completes livelihoods survey for eight sites

From 19-25 May 2013, the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands carried out livelihoods survey in the eight research sites/kebeles in four woredas (Goshe Bado, Gudo Beret, Salka, Ilu-Sanbitu, Jawe, Upper-Gana, Emba-Hazti, Tsibet) in Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and SNNPR regions. 150 farming households participated in each woreda; from each woreda, 30 farmers identified their livelihoods asset … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / Intensification / Interview / Women

“I really like to plough, though I get tired afterwards” – Worknesh Gurmesa

This is the story of Worknesh Gurmesa a farmer in Chelanko Kebele. I met her during our April 2013 field work to test the use of SLATE – a tool for Sustainable Livelihoods Asset Evaluation (more information). This training of trainers was jointly organised by Africa RISING and the Nile Basin Development Challenge.  Participants were … Continue reading

Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification

Africa RISING trainers in Ethiopia learn to use the SLATE sustainable livelihoods asset evaluation tool

In April, the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) and Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) jointly organised a Training of Trainers workshop in the use of SLATE: A tool for Sustainable Livelihoods Asset Evaluation. Held in Addis Ababa and in Jeldu woreda, 30 participants from the Africa RISING’s 4 project … 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

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

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

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 / 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

CIMMYT / ILRI / Intensification / Participation / Research

Participatory agricultural research for development – whose participation, whose research, whose development?

Compared with other Ethiopian Highland early win projects, the  ‘Research for Development‘ project focused on the research process so as to propose a flexible and generic approach to implement demand-driven research for development (R4D), while promoting partner-led processes and dissemination. In a recent workshop, some 20 participants analyzed the results of this early win project. The … 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

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

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

Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI

Africa-RISING in Ethiopia: ILRI is recruiting a project coordinator

ILRI seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator to coordinate and manage the project (about 40% time) and provide scientific input into project implementation (about 60% time). Project management including ensuring appropriate liaison with the donor, with international and national partners, establishment of agreements, financial management and reporting, technical reporting, logistical support for implementation. Engage with … 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

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

Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ICARDA / IFPRI / ILRI / Intensification / IWMI / NRM / Research / Soils / Water

Sustainable intensification in the Ethiopian highlands agricultural systems: Designing the project

Around 60 experts are gathered this week at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a four-day project design workshop on an exciting new initiative that aims to transform the livelihoods of some of the poorest people in Ethiopia’s highlands. The project, which forms part of the US government’s ‘Feed the … Continue reading