Background to Africa RISING in the Ethiopian Highlands

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Presented by Peter Thorne (ILRI) at the Africa RISING Ethiopia review and planning meeting, Addis Ababa, 1 October – 1 November 2013

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Background to Africa RISING in the Ethiopian Highlands

  1. 1. Background to Africa RISING in the Ethiopian Highlands Peter Thorne ILRI Africa RISING Review and Planning Meeting Addis Ababa, 31 October – 1 November, 2013
  2. 2. Africa RISING  RISING = Research into Sustainable Intensification for a New Generation  Intensification = making more efficient use of agricultural inputs  Sustainable = ?  New generation
  3. 3. Some key features  Focus on sustainable intensification of whole system  Research 4 Development  Development outcomes are important  Close alignment with Feed the Future Goals Food security Poverty alleviation Improved livelihoods Nutrition and Health Gender equity
  4. 4. Research objectives 1. To identify and evaluate demand-driven options for sustainable intensification that contribute to rural poverty alleviation, improved nutrition and equity and ecosystem stability. 2. To evaluate, document and share experiences with approaches for delivering and integrating innovation for sustainable intensification in a way that will promote their uptake beyond the Africa RISING research sites.
  5. 5. Development objectives 1. To create opportunities for smallholder farm households, within Africa RISING action research sites, to move out of poverty and improve their nutritional status – especially of young children and mothers – while maintaining or improving ecosystem stability. 2. To facilitate partner-led dissemination of integrated innovations for sustainable intensification beyond the Africa RISING action research sites.
  6. 6. M&E Nutrition RO 1 Situation analysis and program-wide synthesis RO 2 Integrated systems improvement RO 3 Scaling and delivery Gender Policy
  7. 7.  Driver of Innovation  Endogenous Research component 1 Review of best technology / management options System characterisation and analysis Community characterisation and stratification Inventory of current technologies / practices and their sources Participatory problem identification and gap analysis Research component 2 Community institutions and knowledge exchange Biophysical and socio-economic benchmarks Community knowledge exchange groups established Opportunities for scaling innovation (endogenous and exogenous) Exogenous Research component 4 “Action research” Ex ante modelling / impact assessment Validate technologies / management practices Adaptation and integration of technologies / management practices Research component 3 Markets and wider stakeholders Identified market opportunities Characterisation of specific value chains (actors and links) Functioning multi-stakeholder platforms Research component 5 Outputs to outcomes Scaling: to be developed
  8. 8. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net

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