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The Africa RISING project in Ethiopia


Presented by Peter Thorne at the ILRI Ethiopia Projects meeting, Addis Ababa, 11 March 2013 …

Presented by Peter Thorne at the ILRI Ethiopia Projects meeting, Addis Ababa, 11 March 2013

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  • President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative – whole of government effort
  • This process led to the identification of the overarching goal – sustainably intensifying production in key agro-ecologies.Strategy relies on integrating component technologies – leading to Advancing the Productivity Frontier
  • Systems piece combines component technologies and approaches/policies etc from the Advancing Productivity Frontier theme. Systems theme builds from outputs of productivity frontier theme. Nutrition and food safety are embedded in the first two, but stand apart to emphasize central role of nutrition.
  • CURRENT 10/4/12


  • 1. The Africa RISING project in Ethiopia Peter Thorne ILRI Ethiopia Projects meeting Addis Ababa, 11 March 2013
  • 2. Overview
  • 3. Feed the Future Research Strategy 3 Major Research Programs Research in key farming systems IntegratedProgram for Policy Program for Safe Cross-Research and Support and Nutritious Foods Cutting Programs Program for Human and Institutional Capacity Building 3
  • 4. Key geographies:• Guinea Savannah in West Africa• Maize-mixed systems in East and Southern Africa• Ethiopian highlands
  • 5. The bigger picture • Alignment with CAADP priorities • Coordination with other donors • Alignment with USAID mission investments • The Impact Imperative: What can we do now? • An R&D model (coordination, alignment, and integration with impact) that is scalable and adaptable
  • 6. Managementstructure External Program Coordination Team Science Advice (IITA, ILRI, IFPRI, USAID) Mechanism Communications Team Monitoring and Evaluation (ILRI, USAID) Team(IFPRI) West Africa Project Ethiopian Highlands Project E&SA Project Steering Committee Steering Committee (ILRI) Steering Committee (IITA) (IITA)
  • 7. Early Win Projects  “Quick Feeds” – ILRI / ICARDA / EIAR / ORARI  “Quick Water” – IWMI / ILRI / Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Arba Minch Universties  “Quick Trees” – ICRAF / ILRI / EIAR / Mekele University  “Quick Pulses” – ICARDA / EIAR / ORARI / Farm Africa  Research Design – CIMMYT / ILRI 7
  • 8. M&E Nutrition Gender RO 1 RO 2 Situation Integrated analysis and systemsprogram-wide improvement synthesis RO 3 Policy Scaling and delivery
  • 9. Household Innovation generatedmanagement strategies by researchersof peer group A Institutions d Markets a Human p Knowledge capacity t brokers a Access to NRs t Policies i o nCurrent household Improved householdmanagement strategy management strategy
  • 10. Endogenous  Driver of Innovation  Exogenous Research component 1 Research component 4 Review of best System characterisation and analysis technology / “Action research” management Community options characterisation and stratification Participatory Validate technologies / problem Ex ante modelling / management practices identification and impact assessment Inventory of current gap analysis technologies / practices and their Adaptation and sources integration of technologies / Research component 3 management practices Research component 2 Community institutions Markets and wider and knowledge stakeholders exchange Identified market opportunities Biophysical and Research component 5 socio-economic benchmarks Outputs to outcomes Characterisation of specific value chains (actors and links) Scaling: to be developed Community knowledge exchange Functioning multi-stakeholder groups established platforms Opportunities for scaling innovation (endogenous and exogenous)
  • 11. Work packages 1. Data collection 2. Livelihoods-based stratification (typology) 3. Inventory of current practices / IK survey etc. 4. Establish community knowledge exchange groups / initial benchmarking 5. Characterise market opportunities and value chains 6. Establish multi-stakeholder platforms 7. Problem identification / gap analysis/ ex ante impact assessment
  • 12. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation