What’s in a name? Africa RISING partners aim for common understanding of terminologies
Event / IITA / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / Malawi / PCT / Southern Africa

What’s in a name? Africa RISING partners aim for common understanding of terminologies

What do words like ‘innovation’, ‘spillover’, ‘adoption’, and ‘technology’ mean to you? At the Africa RISING Program Learning Event on 5-8 February 2019, implementing partners had a go at establishing common meanings to words that are frequently used within the program. Continue reading

Operationalizing the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework: An interview with Vara Prasad
Crop-Livestock / Event / IITA / Interview / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / Malawi / PCT / Southern Africa

Operationalizing the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework: An interview with Vara Prasad

Vara Prasad, director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) talks about the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework, its applications, lessons learnt since it was unveiled and why it is the go-to tool for assessing systems research interventions. Continue reading

Integrating gender analysis into the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework
East Africa / Fodder / Gender / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / poster / SIIL / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Integrating gender analysis into the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework

This poster shows how the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework can be used for gender analysis in the context of Africa RISING. The framework consists of five domains: productivity, profitability, environment, human and social. One of the foci of the social domain is gender equity. Continue reading

Delivering climbing and drought-tolerant bush beans in different soil conditions in Malawi
CIAT / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Malawi / MSU / poster / Scaling / Southern Africa

Delivering climbing and drought-tolerant bush beans in different soil conditions in Malawi

This poster presents the outputs of interventions, in Malawi, which included bean trials on pure stand and as an intercrop with maize combined with organic and inorganic fertilizer. The intervention also included capacity development for farmers on formal and informal seed delivery systems. Continue reading

Research on conservation agriculture and associated practices in eastern Zambia
CIMMYT / Conservation agriculture / Crop-Livestock / IITA / Intensification / Maize / MAIZECRP / Malawi / poster / Scaling / Southern Africa / Zambia

Research on conservation agriculture and associated practices in eastern Zambia

This poster presents research evidence from eastern Zambia that shows that CA systems may lead to maize yield benefits of up to 81% (1,788 kg ha-1) and 66% (1,380 kg ha-1) if farmers rotate with cowpea or soybean, respectively. Continue reading

Improved technologies for mitigating post-harvest food loss
East Africa / IITA / Intensification / Maize / MAIZECRP / poster / Postharvest / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Improved technologies for mitigating post-harvest food loss

This poster outlines some post-harvest loss reduction technologies validated within the Africa RISING program namely; improved grain drying, threshing, and storage as a package, and gives evidence of the potential impact if the technologies are applied at scale. Continue reading

Africa / Crop-Livestock / Event / ILRI / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Research / SAIRLA / Social Learning / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Trip Report / Zambia

Creating space for multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainable agricultural intensification

The third International Learning Alliance (ILA) for sustainable intensification meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in July 2018, opened up the space for a multi-stakeholder engagement and process in sustainable agricultural intensification to flourish. Continue reading

Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Oromia / Participation / SAIRLA / Trip Report

Agricultural Extension and Participatory Approaches –co-existence approaches in the agricultural advisory service approaches

Million Getnet Gebreyes works at ILRI as a consultant. He is the National Learning facilitator for SAIRLA- NLA in Ethiopia and Innovation Platform facilitator for Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian highlands. Recently (June 30- July 8, 2018), he was at Haramaya University to teach a course for the Africa Centre of Excellence on Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation for masters’ students. The program is a World Bank supported international program that is training PhD and masters students on climate smart agriculture and biodiversity conservation. He was invited to teach a course on Agricultural Extension and Participatory Approaches. This blog reflects his stay at the University with the university community. Continue reading

Focus on achieving wider impacts and building resilience for larger populations, Africa RISING urged
Crop-Livestock / Event / Ghana / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Scaling / SIIL / West Africa

Focus on achieving wider impacts and building resilience for larger populations, Africa RISING urged

The Africa RISING program should keep working towards achieving wider impacts and building resilience for larger populations, USAID Bureau for Food Security program leader for sustainable intensification, Jerry Glover, has said. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / ICRAF / ILRI / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Research / Scaling / Social Learning

Ethiopia sustainable agriculture intensification alliance holds third meeting

On 27 June 2018, 55 members of the National Learning Alliance (NLA) of the SAIRLA project in Ethiopia met at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa to discuss ways of enhancing understanding of sustainable agricultural intensification among NLA members in the country. Continue reading

CIMMYT / Climate change / Crop-Livestock / ICRAF / ICRISAT / IITA / Intensification / Interview / Maize / MAIZECRP / Scaling / Southern Africa / Tanzania

What sustainable intensification of mixed farming systems looks like in Tanzania

This video highlights how through Africa RISING program interventions, a group of farmers at Mlali Village in central Tanzania are today making choices that will ensure they improve their livelihoods while conserving the natural resource base for the future generations. Continue reading

Capacity strengthening / Crop-Livestock / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Faba bean / Ghana / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Legumes / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / Report / Research / Soils / Tigray

The value of systems research—reflections from Africa RISING partners

In this blog post, some of the key Africa RISING partners share their views on the value of a farming systems research approach and Africa RISING’s contribution in this regard. Continue reading

Africa / CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Ethiopia / Extension / Fertilizer / Ghana / ICARDA / ICRISAT / IITA / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / Mali / NRM / Report / Scaling / Tanzania / Value Chains / Zambia

Africa RISING Phase I—what it took, what it gave, our proudest achievements

Through the voices of seven Africa RISING implementing partners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia; we get insights about what it took to implement Africa RISING phase I in different contexts and countries, what the first phase of the program gave to the farmers and global knowledge community (outputs), and some of the partner’s proudest achievements from working in the project over the years. Continue reading

Amhara / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / NRM / Research / SLS / Video

What sustainable intensification of mixed farming systems looks like in Ethiopia—case of the Africa RISING project

IIn this video, Peter Thorne, the Africa RISING project coordinator in Ethiopia, and Melkamu Bezabih, a postdoctoral livestock feeds and nutrition researcher, talk about sustainable intensification of mixed farming systems in Ethiopia in the Africa RISING project. Continue reading

Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Field Day / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / Scaling / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Lessons from Tanzania on the benefits of collaboration in Africa RISING

Recent field visits in Tanzania shared experiences and strengthened project collaborations across the three Africa RISING projects (Ethiopian Highlands, East and Southern Africa, and West Africa). Kindu Mekonnen, chief scientist in the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia, reflects on the visits. Continue reading

Africa / Event / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Scaling / SIIL

Africa RISING, SIIL and SIMLESA hold joint learning event on sustainable intensification and farming systems research in agriculture

Africa RISING, Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab and SIMLESA exchange ideas, lessons learnt and set collaboration targets for work in sustainable intensification and farming systems research in agriculture Continue reading

Capacity strengthening / Crops / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Fruit / ILRI / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Pests / Tigray / Trees

Africa RISING Ethiopia organized a training on apple and mango production in Tigray, Ethiopia

In the past few decades, apple farming in the Tigray highlands has expanded significantly since the introduction of apple trees to the region’s woredas by the Tigray regional Office of Agriculture and non-governmental organizations. The fruit trees were introduced to diversify the nutrition and income sources of the region’s smallholder farmers. Continue reading

Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / Intensification / poster / SLS / Women

The level of women farmers’ participation in five stages of the agricultural research process and implications for food security in Ethiopia

Empowerment is central to women’s participation in agricultural research and to boost their role in agriculture and contribution to food security. To do so it is important to understand the current level of their participation and the factors that influence their participation in the agricultural research process. Continue reading

IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCK-FISH / MAIZECRP / Report / Roundup

Which ones did you read and download?Africa RISING’s most popular online products and resources in 2017

As the curtain falls on 2017; here at Africa RISING we can only look back and say, “what a a great year”! Sure it was one heck of a roller coaster, but we enjoyed the ride. You our dear online followers, the global knowledge community that we are a part of and endeavor to always serve made the year fabulous through constant engagement with the numerous material we published on our platforms. Some of these materials really seemed to have resonated quite positively with you. That is if the numbers of hits to the website, downloads and page views are to be believed.  Continue reading

Africa / Event / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Soils / WUR

The renaissance of farming systems research in Africa

Agricultural research in Africa suffers from trends and fashions that often distract from the central goal of enhancing the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Farming systems research (FSR) played a central role in the late 1980s in revealing the constraints faced by farmers in implementing technologies such as alley cropping. Continue reading

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

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Gender / IITA / Intensification / Livestock / MAIZECRP / Malawi / Report / Southern Africa / Women

Unravelling links between gender and adoption of agricultural innovations: Insights from communities in Malawi

How do gender dynamics influence adoption of agricultural innovations? A new Africa RISING report shares findings from an exploration of this and other questions with smallholder farmers in central Malawi. Continue reading

Africa / Brief / Gender / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Research / Scaling / Value Chains / Women

Africa RISING guidelines for capturing gender-sensitive stories in agricultural research and development

Africa RISING has developed  guidelines for capturing gender-sensitive stories. The guidelines focus on gender-aware selection of sources, stories and visual material, the elimination of stereotypes and the use of fair language. Continue reading

Africa / CIAT / IFPRI / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / nafaka / Report / Research / Scaling / Southern Africa / Tanzania

How novel use of GIS tools is helping Africa RISING – NAFAKA project in Tanzania to scale-out technologies in locations where they have the best chance to flourish

A research paper published recently in the July 2017 edition of the Land Use Policy Journal has generated a considerable amount of interest after it showed the potential of geospatial tools in supporting evidence-based scaling of sustainable agricultural intensification technologies in Tanzania through the work of IITA-led Africa RISING̶ NAFAKA project. 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

Climate change / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Irrigation / IWMI / Report / SNNPR / Vegetables / Water / WLE

Water management knowledge key in small-scale irrigation development

This report shares findings from a study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Africa RISING program team which evaluated suitable water lifting and on-farm water management technologies for the irrigation of vegetables and fodder in Lemo District, Ethiopia. Continue reading

ARI Dakawa / Event / Extension / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / nafaka / Research / Rice / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Africa RISING-NAFAKA scaling model praised for enhancing research‒extension linkages by Tanzania’s Minister of Agriculture

The Africa RISING-NAFAKA project’s model for scaling and disseminating improved technologies has been lauded as ‘exemplary’ and the kind of approach needed to ensure sustainability of improved agricultural interventions for farmers by Tanzania’s Minister of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon Dr Charles Tizeba. Continue reading

Event / IITA / Intensification / Legumes / MAIZECRP / Malawi / MSU / Nutrition / Southern Africa / Value Chains

Partners map out transition plans for Africa RISING-led Malawi INVC Bridging Activity Project

On 29 – 30 June 2017, Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC) Bridging Activity Project partners met in Lilongwe to review implementation progress and discuss transition from the Bridging Activity to the Agricultural Diversification for Incomes and Nutrition (ADIN) Project. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / ICRAF / ICRISAT / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCKCRP / MAIZECRP / Research

Ethiopia learning alliance to support sustainable agricultural intensification

In March 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) launched the National Learning Alliance (NLA) for the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research Learning Alliance (SAIRLA) project in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Event / IFPRI / IITA / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / M&E / MAIZECRP / Participation / PCT / Research / SAG / 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

Aflatoxins / Ghana / Groundnuts / IITA / Intensification / Maize / MAIZECRP / poster / Research / West Africa

Aflasafe products tested in Ghana for aflatoxin control in maize and groundnut

With support from the Africa RISING project, a management strategy using biocontrol products containing native atoxigenic A. flavus fungi to reduce crop aflatoxin content has been developed for use in Ghana by IITA and partners. When products are applied at the right crop development stage, the atoxigenic fungi competitively displace aflatoxin-producers residing in treated fields and, in so doing, crop aflatoxin content is reduced. Continue reading

Brief / IFPRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / M&E / MAIZECRP / Research / Southern Africa / West Africa

Lessons from web-based monitoring and data management in Africa RISING

Over the last four years, Africa RISING has generated a huge amount of data through agronomic trials, household surveys, and focus group discussions. With so much information, it is crucial that data is properly stored and made accessible to researchers and non-researchers alike. In phase I of the program, a web-based Project Mapping and Monitoring Tool (PMMT) was deployed and used by the project team to complement offline monitoring activities. What were the lessons learnt by the team when using this tool? Continue reading

Brief / Groundnuts / Maize / MAIZECRP / Malawi / MSU / Pigeonpea / Research / Southern Africa

Boosting land productivity using ‘doubled-up’ legume intercropping in Malawi

This evidence brief explains how Africa RISING is using an intercropping system known as ‘doubled-up’ legume technology using two complimentary grain legumes. Groundnut–pigeon pea intercropping is the most successful doubled-up system thanks to the two crops’ contrasting structures and maturity dates. Continue reading

CIMMYT / Conservation agriculture / Groundnuts / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Malawi / Pigeonpea / poster / Southern Africa / Zambia

Doubled-up legume technologies in conservation agriculture show potential for scale up in Zambia

The doubled-up legume system in conservation agriculture is premised on the belief that while farmers will be in a position to get the usual benefits of the doubled-up legumes (‘double’ the grain output per farm, hence more food and also ‘double’ soil fertility through the leafy biomass components of groundnuts and pigeonpea); they will also potentially benefit more from increased moisture retention towards the end of the season as well as reduced labor in land preparation, if the backbreaking conventional tillage practice of ridging can be avoided. Continue reading

Africa / CIAT / East Africa / Fertilizer / IITA / Intensification / Maize / MAIZECRP / poster / SARI / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Pushing back against fertilizer use myth in northern Tanzania

In Babati District, northern Tanzania, a popular but misleading myth persists. That use of inorganic fertilizer ‘kills’ the soil. For several years, majority of farmers in the district have desisted from use of fertilizer to replenish depleted soil nutrients. Africa RISING researchers have for the past five years, invested significant resources and effort to dispel this myth. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / ICRAF / IITA / Intensification / Legumes / Maize / MAIZECRP / Malawi / MSU / poster / Southern Africa / Tanzania

No one size fits all! Lessons from legume–cereal rotations in smallholder farms

Through its research-in-development work on legume–cereal rotations in Tanzania and Malawi, Africa RISING has established that these rotations work better for larger farms, while intercropping targeted at smaller farms ensures crop diversity, while giving an opportunity for legumes to be grown, thereby bringing associated nitrogen-fixation ecological benefits. 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

East Africa / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Malawi / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Trip Report / Zambia

The listening post: How Africa RISING technologies are improving farmers’ lives in Zambia and Malawi

Farmers voices from Malawi and Zambia about how different Africa RISING technologies have touched their lives. These feedback from the grassroots were captured during the recent monitoring visit by the leadership team of the IITA-led Africa RISING project in east and southern Africa. Continue reading

East Africa / IITA / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Malawi / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Trip Report / Zambia

Africa RISING management team visits project sites in east and southern Africa

The leadership team of the IITA-led Africa RISING project in east and southern Africa recently concluded monitoring visits to project sites in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania to assess the status and progress of implementation of various project activities by partners. These visits took place between 15–22 February 2017 in Malawi and Zambia, and 21–31 March 2017 in Tanzania. Continue reading

Africa / Climate change / Ghana / ICRISAT / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Mali / NRM / poster / Research / Water / West Africa

Shallow wells cushion smallholders in Mali and Ghana from the effects of climate variability

Africa RISING scientists from ICRISAT implemented a small scale pilot study in the semi-arid regions of southern Mali and northern Ghana to evaluate the impacts of climate variability at different scales (farm to watershed), using newly setup hydro-meteorological stations and hydrological modelling tools. Continue reading

Ghana / Intensification / MAIZECRP / Mali / Presentation

In pictures: Africa RISING West Africa review and planning meeting 2017

Africa RISING West Africa project partners recently took part in the 2017 review and planning meeting, which reviewed phase I outputs, achievements and lessons learnt, discuss phase II proposal and implementation guidelines, and reviewed a pre-developed project log frame
Draft 2017 work plans. 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

East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Impact Assessment / Intensification / poster / Postharvest / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Economic evaluation of an improved grain storage technology in Tanzania

Insights from an economic evaluation of Africa RISING post-harvest technology (Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags) in Tanzania reveal how much farmers are benefitting by adopting the improved storage bags over the conventional storage options. Continue reading

East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Maize / nafaka / poster / Rice / Scaling / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Taking agricultural technologies to scale: The Africa RISING-NAFAKA partnership in Tanzania

In 2014, Africa RISING partnered with the USAID-funded NAFAKA project in Tanzania to scale-out best-bet technologies among smallholder farmers. Currently in its third year, the project, which also incorporates several community-based actors, has achieved great success. This poster provides an inside look at what it takes to make these kind of partnerships tick and the key lessons learnt from this nascent project. Continue reading

Cowpea / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Pests / poster / Research / West Africa

Insecticide spray regime effect on cowpea yield and financial returns in northern Ghana

While insecticide spraying offers the most effective management strategy for insect pests in farmers’ fields, most farmers in Ghana spray only once in most cases. The effect of a three spray regime was compared to conventional farmer practice (one spray) on yield and net financial returns of cowpea on-farm. Continue reading

Amhara / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Irrigation / IWMI / NRM / Report / Water

Mush irrigation scheme in Ethiopia provides opportunities for improved crop and water management

An assessment of the Mush Irrigation Scheme in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia was conducted in 2015 to evaluate its operations and efficiency and assess potential cropping and water management alternatives for potato, fodder and other cultivated crops. 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

Capacity strengthening / Event / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Malawi / Participation / Research / Southern Africa

Getting ready for phase 2: Africa RISING partners pore over farming systems research design

Twenty scientists implementing different Africa RISING interventions in East and Southern Africa took part in a training on farming systems research design from 3-4 October, 2016 in Lilongwe,Malawi. “After this training I think the scientists are now better equipped to make more integrated and participatory systems research designs,” explains Prof. Mateete Bekunda, Chief Scientist, Africa RISING East and Southern Africa Project. 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

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

AVRDC / HUMIDTROPICS / Intensification / Interview / Poultry / Tanzania / Vegetables

Monica Paschal: portrait of a successful vegetable and poultry farmer

Monica Paschal is a 48-year-old farmer and a mother of five. She has been involved in small-scale farming for 27 years and refers to herself as ‘mkulima wa kujikimu’ (Swahili for smallholder/subsistence farmer).

‘The past three years have been the most satisfying to me as a farmer because I have been able to gradually transform my farming from subsistence to a profitable mini-enterprise which has enabled me to Continue reading

Capacity strengthening / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Interview / Mali / Tanzania

Next generation of Africa’s agricultural researchers RISING

From East to West Africa,post-graduate students supported by Africa RISING are completing their research studies….and sharing their findings.In this brief,we feature four students who’ve recently defended their research theses – Clarisse Umutoni, Shitindi Mawazo, Daniel Apalibe and Alagma Henry. They are among a cohort of 47 MSc and 15 PhD students supported by the Africa RISING program in West Africa and East/Southern Africa from 2012 – 2016. Continue reading

Field Day / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Maize / Photofilm / Scaling / Tanzania

Photo report: Africa RISING-NAFAKA scaling project farmers field day meetings in Dodoma, Tanzania

On 5th and 6th May 2016, the project’s researchers, fields agents and farmers organized and held had a Farmers’ Field Day event. This gave an opportunity for farmers who are not taking part in the project to learn and share experience with their colleagues who are beneficiaries about Good Agronomic Practices. The farmers also got the chance to visit demo plots for self-observations. Continue reading

AVRDC / DRYLANDSCRP / Mali / Nutrition / Report / West Africa

Guide de nutrition pour travailleurs communautaires / Nutrition guide for community workers in Mali

This document is a working guide for the agricultural and health extension workers in Mali. It is meant to help them to improve their knowledge, skills, and nutrition practices to ensure greater returns on investments in agricultural research for nutrition and health impacts. Continue reading

Fertilizer / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Maize / poster / Scaling / West Africa

Can maize farmers in northern Ghana increase economic benefits by applying more nitrogen?

A higher rate of nitrogen application provides higher economic benefit to farmers compared to the government recommended rate. There are visible differences between six maize varieties commonly grown in northern Ghana (used in this experiment) in terms of performance under higher fertilizer rate. Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / Infographic / Intensification / Legumes / Malawi / MSU / Scaling / Southern Africa

INFOGRAPHIC: How does a farm family in Malawi produce more from their farm?

This newly published infographic which is largely based on Africa RISING program activities in central Malawi helps to visualize what sustainable intensification means in the context of the farming system in the region and how it differs from the typical farmer practice. It also illustrates how the doubled-up legume technology works to ensure a farmer gets “double” legume grain yields and “double” soil fertility benefits from biological nitrogen fixation. Continue reading

DRYLANDSCRP / Infographic / Intensification / Legumes / Malawi / MSU / Southern Africa

INFOGRAPHIC: Different strokes for different folks (on farm typologies in Africa RISING)

Smallholder farming households in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are distinctly diverse within and across communities. This infographic seeks to visually explain the different ‘best bet: best fit’ pathways of intensification for contrasting farm categories (typologies). Continue reading

Geodata / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / Interview / Social Learning / West Africa

What you need to know about Africa RISING farm typology work

In this interview, Mirja Michalscheck of Wageningen University and Sara Signorelli of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) explain the vision behind the typology work in Africa RISING; the insights emerging from the studies and how the typology results can be used by the project team. Continue reading

Event / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Mali / West Africa

Africa RISING West Africa partners sift out ‘scalable’ technologies at review and planning meeting

Discussions at this year’s Africa RISING West Africa review and planning meeting served up serious dialogue among partners on which improved agricultural technologies that have been tested and refined over the past four years can be scaled to benefit more farmers beyond the current project sites. Animated discourse at the meeting, in Accra, Ghana from … 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

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

RISING voices: Cornel Massawe, nematologist at Tengeru Horticultural and Training Institute, Tanzania

Cornel Massawe, nematologist at Tengeru Horticultural and Training Institute (HORTI Tengeru), introduces himself and his work with the Africa RISING – NAFAKA technology scaling project in Tanzania. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING. Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Geodata / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Interview / Southern Africa / Tanzania

RISING voices: Francis Muthoni, GIS specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Tanzania

Francis Muthoni, geographic information system specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Arusha, introduces himself and his work with the program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING. Continue reading

CIMMYT / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Intensification / Interview / Maize / Southern Africa / Tanzania

RISING Voices: Bright Jumbo, maize molecular breeder at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Kenya

MacDonald Bright Jumbo, Maize Molecular Breeder at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Nairobi , introduces himself and his work in the Africa RISING program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING. 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

Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Interview / Nutrition / West Africa

RISING voices: Mahama Saaka, Social Scientist (UDS, Ghana)

Mahama Saaka, is a scientist from the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana. The university (UDS) is one of the Africa RISING implementing partner institutions. In this interview which is part of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING, Mahama introduces himself and his work within the Africa RISING program. 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

East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Interview

RISING voices: Victor Manyong, chair Africa RISING ESA steering committee and director for IITA Eastern Africa Hub

Victor Manyong, is the Africa RISING East and Southern Africa Project Steering Committee Chair. He is also the Director for Eastern Africa and Leader of the social science research group at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). In this interview which is part of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING, Dr Manyong introduces himself and his role in Africa RISING. 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

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 / Event / HUMIDTROPICS / IITA / Knowledge and Information / Tanzania

Africa RISING showcases interventions at Nane Nane agricultural fair in Arusha

The Africa RISING Tanzania last month exhibited various agricultural interventions being implemented by project partners at the nane nane agricultural fair in Arusha, Tanzania. The event gave some of the project partners an opportunity to showcase their interventions and get valuable feedback from farmers and participants taking part in the week-long fair. Over 200 participants, mostly farmers, visited the Africa RISING exhibition stand. Continue reading

HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / Impact Assessment / Interview / Research / Staff

RISING voices: Apurba Shee, regional monitoring and evaluation coordinator (IFPRI)

Apurba Shee, economist at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and regional M&E coordinator in the Africa RISING program, introduces himself and his work with the program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa RISING. Continue reading

AVRDC / CIMMYT / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Event / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / Intensification / Malawi / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Zambia

Africa RISING project partners review achievements and plans for East and Southern Africa

More than 50 scientists from various CGIAR Centres and National Research Systems converged in Mangochi, Malawi on 13–15 July for a review and planning meeting of the Africa RISING East and Southern Africa Project. Continue reading

Crops / Event / HUMIDTROPICS / ICRISAT / Knowledge and Information / Mali / West Africa

Africa RISING fairs boost farmer awareness and access to inputs in Mali

Efforts to help farmers with adopt improved crop varieties and agricultural technologies have been launched in Mali. A series of agriculture input fairs were recently held in Bougouni District as part of a wider initiative to bring together input suppliers, distributors and farmers and provide a platform for them to strengthening partnerships. Continue reading

Africa RISING ESA external review team praises research work, calls for improved efforts to ensure technologies are adopted by small holder farmers
East Africa / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / IFPRI / IITA / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Malawi / MSU / Report / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Africa RISING ESA external review team praises research work, calls for improved efforts to ensure technologies are adopted by small holder farmers

The IITA commissioned external review of Africa RISING East and Southern Africa project concluded on 16 March after nearly five weeks of literature review, project stakeholder interviews and field visits to project sites in Tanzania and Malawi. 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

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

Tanzania’s Babati District R4D platform sets priorities for 2015

The leadership committee of Tanzania’s Babati District research for development (R4D) platform, JUMBA (Jukwaa la Utafiti kwa Maendeleo wilaya ya Babati) recently held a two-day retreat to refine its constitution, vision and mission and to develop and prioritize JUMBA activities for 2015. 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

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

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

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

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

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 / 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