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

Abdou Tenkouano
Regio...
Agricultural R&D
- Evolving Role in Evolving Context
Key Drivers
• Climate Uncertainty – Less Water
• Demographics – Less ...
Climate Uncertainty –Water
Harvesting
Small plots:

1mm rainfall = 10m3/ha
(can’t do much under
rain-fed agriculture)
= 50...
Demographics – Who and Where Is The
Farmer?

Women - 75% of Work
Force

Urban youth – untapped
labor
Markets & Trade – Increasing returns
for vegetable growers

Courtesy: Benjamin Dent
Achieving Impact - Best Practices
Envisioned
conditions of
the people

Initial
conditions
of the people

Income, dietary d...
Priority Interventions
To strengthen national vegetable research
and development capacity and linkages
Safe
Efficient &
Pr...
Best Practice Hubs (BPHs)
Bridge research and
practice
(i) fast-track production
& post-harvest
options
(ii)Build capacity...
Fast-Tracking – Village Model Farms
VMF

VMF

RESEARCH
Good
Seeds
Field Days
Good
Practices

VMF

Post
Harvest
Youth
(Comm...
Training and Linking to Markets

BPH

VMF
African eggplant
Farmers get US $1,200
per ha per season

Low to high altitude
About 90 t/ha
Egg shaped
Sweet taste
Long h...
Achieving Impact Together

R

NGOs Target
CBOs client

D
Up Scaling BPH – TAVOCA & VINESA
Traditional African
Vegetables for West
(Ouest) and Central
Africa

Vegetables for
Income...
Thank You !!!
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  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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