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Africa RISING project in Ethiopia and participatory agricultural research

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Presented by Peter Thorne at the Expert meeting on participatory agricultural research: Approaches, design and evaluation, Oxford, 9-13 December 2013 …

Presented by Peter Thorne at the Expert meeting on participatory agricultural research: Approaches, design and evaluation, Oxford, 9-13 December 2013

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  • 1. Africa RISING project in Ethiopia and participatory agricultural research Peter Thorne Expert meeting on participatory agricultural research: Approaches, design and evaluation, Oxford, 9-13 December 2013
  • 2. Introduction • Africa RISING = Africa Research In Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation • Three research-for-development projects supported by the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative (www.feedthefuture.gov). • Create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base.
  • 3. Projects  Three project are located in  the Ethiopian highlands,  West Africa  East and Southern Africa  Managed by ILRI and IITA  Monitoring and Evaluation, IFPRI
  • 4. Ethiopian Highlands  Africa RISING in Ethiopian highlands: improve food security and farm income diversification through sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems  Integrated approach: strong participatory base to identify technologies and management practices that could work for farmers whilst accounting for the wider contexts in which these must operate (e.g. market access, effectiveness of institutions, policy environment).
  • 5. Research components  Research Component one :  Characterisation and stratification of households within engaged communities.  A basis for identifying and propagating improved technologies and management strategies
  • 6.  Research Component Two:  Inter-disciplinary action research at household and community scales  Including support for peerto-peer knowledge exchange within communities  strengthening and augmenting existing practices
  • 7.  Research Component Three:  Participatory market opportunity identification, and value chain analyses  Engagement via multi-stakeholder platforms
  • 8. Participatory approaches  Participatory community analysis  Sustainable Livelihoods Asset Evaluation (SLATE)  Indigenous knowledge acquisition and formalisation (AKT5)  Value chain analysis
  • 9. What’s in this for me?  Numerous approaches. Which horse for which course?  Numerous approaches. Can / how do they complement each other (including scale issues)?  Years of doing this stuff. What have we learned?  Piles of participation: but what are the generic lessons?
  • 10. More  http://www.africa-rising.net  http://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/16498  http://africa-rising. wikispaces.com/Calendar  http://goo.gl/2m56L  http://africa-rising. wikispaces.com/  http://www.slideshare.net/ africa-rising  http://www.flickr.com/photos/africa-rising
  • 11. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net