Abdou Tenkouano Bridging Vegetable Research

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Bridging Vegetable Research and Practice to Overcome Malnutrition and Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

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Abdou Tenkouano Bridging Vegetable Research

  1. 1. Bridging Vegetable Research and Practice to Overcome Malnutrition and Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa Abdou Tenkouano Regional Director for Africa @ AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center (www.avrdc.org) Jacqueline d'Arros Hughes Deputy Director General – Research & Partnerships ACFID, 21 -22 Nov 2013 Sydney (Australia)
  2. 2. Agricultural R&D - Evolving Role in Evolving Context Key Drivers • Climate Uncertainty – Less Water • Demographics – Less Labor & Land • Markets & Trade – Beyond Farm Gate
  3. 3. Climate Uncertainty –Water Harvesting Small plots: 1mm rainfall = 10m3/ha (can’t do much under rain-fed agriculture) = 500 cans of 20 L (can do a lot in small plots)
  4. 4. Demographics – Who and Where Is The Farmer? Women - 75% of Work Force Urban youth – untapped labor
  5. 5. Markets & Trade – Increasing returns for vegetable growers Courtesy: Benjamin Dent
  6. 6. Achieving Impact - Best Practices Envisioned conditions of the people Initial conditions of the people Income, dietary diversity, social capital
  7. 7. Priority Interventions To strengthen national vegetable research and development capacity and linkages Safe Efficient & Production Nutrition Education Post Harvest Varieties & Seeds Capacity Building Efficient Value Chain Management
  8. 8. Best Practice Hubs (BPHs) Bridge research and practice (i) fast-track production & post-harvest options (ii)Build capacity of youth for profitable self-employment
  9. 9. Fast-Tracking – Village Model Farms VMF VMF RESEARCH Good Seeds Field Days Good Practices VMF Post Harvest Youth (Communities) Education (Nutrition) Communication Production Tools Market Linkages TRAINING VMF VMF
  10. 10. Training and Linking to Markets BPH VMF
  11. 11. African eggplant Farmers get US $1,200 per ha per season Low to high altitude About 90 t/ha Egg shaped Sweet taste Long harvest period
  12. 12. Achieving Impact Together R NGOs Target CBOs client D
  13. 13. Up Scaling BPH – TAVOCA & VINESA Traditional African Vegetables for West (Ouest) and Central Africa Vegetables for Income and Nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania September 2013 October 2013
  14. 14. Thank You !!!

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