Overview of the Central Mekong Flagship, Humidtropics

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Poster prepared by Lisa Hiwasaki, Jim Hammond, Ingrid Oborn and Jianchu Xu for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014 …

Poster prepared by Lisa Hiwasaki, Jim Hammond, Ingrid Oborn and Jianchu Xu for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014



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  • 1. Overview of the Central Mekong Flagship, Humidtropics Lisa Hiwasaki, Jim Hammond, Ingrid Oborn, Jianchu Xu Context and background Key issues: • Unsustainable agricultural intensification with adverse environmental impacts • Limited and unequal access to market • Low and decreasing productivity in upland small-holder systems • Relatively low total farm income • Unequal access to natural resources. Three action sites identified: • Green Triangle covering Northwest Vietnam, North Lao PDR, and Yunnan, China • Golden Triangle covering Northwest Lao PDR, Northern Thailand, Eastern Myanmar, and Yunnan, China • Development Triangle covering Eastern Thailand, Northeast Cambodia and Central Highland Vietnam Entry points identified: • Integrated livestock systems • Improved tree-crop systems e.g., ‘green rubber’ • Sustainable food crop/multi-crop systems, e.g., improved cassava-and banana-based systems, fruits and vegetables. Opportunities and constraints Opportunities: • - Existing “fast-track” activities, e.g., agroforestry for livelihood project in Northwest Vietnam and “green- rubber” in Yunnan, China, contributing greatly. Constraints: • Lack of effective coordination of activities carried out by Humidtropics partners • Lack of efficient means of communication Partners need to support each other to deliver the program effectively  Establishing “core team” may help. • A mix of activities: existing bilateral projects & “full-track” activities with limited funding  R4D research grants provide new opportunities and support coherence. Pictures Conclusions and ways forward • 2014 will be a major year of research progress: Situational Analyses, Baseline Studies and Entry Point Identification will occur in each Action Site, usually in more than one location per Action Site (AS) • Both Fast Track and Full Track processes will run in each AS • R4D platforms launched in each AS and R4D grants will stimulate joint action research • Outputs, e.g., journal articles, policy briefs will be developed & distributed • Introduction of results-based management and recruitment of a monitoring & evaluation officer will increase efficiency & coherence. Progress Meetings to launch AA held in May 2013. • Green triangle: - meeting held to launch AS May 2013 - action site & R4D platform meeting held August 2013 - situational analysis in NW Vietnam completed April 2014 - R4D platform activities will be intensified first half of 2014. • Golden triangle: - situational analysis to be launched May 2014 (Northern Thailand) - research conducted on “mushrooms for trees and people” in Laos, Thailand, and Southern China - “Green rubber” launched in March 2014. • Development triangle: - stakeholder workshop in May 2014 - situational analysis ongoing. Flagship facilitation and learning • Led by ICRAF by Flagship manager based in Hanoi • “Core Team” will be established in May 2014, and will facilitate coordination & smooth implementation of activities, and to raise additional funding • Research is led by CG Centres (ICRAF, ILRI, Bioversity, CIP, CIAT, IWMI), involves int’l/regional organizations (AVRDC, CIRAD) and national partner organizations • Actively engages stakeholders including farmer organizations, women’s groups, development organizations and private sector • Efforts are made to make sure research components are led by national partners to ensure ownership. Lisa HIWASAKI L.Hiwasaki@cgiar.org ● ICRAF, Hanoi, Vietnam Prepared for a capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April – 2 May 2014 http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/ This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial- Share Alike 3.0 Unported License April 2014 April- May 2014 April- May 2014