Africa RISING West Africa: Status ofactivities in the rice-based systems,      January-September, 2012                    ...
Outline Partners & Implementation Teams Meetings Implementation approach – Rice Sector Development  Hubs concept Achie...
Major partners        Partner                             ResponsibilityAfrica Rice Center      Overall project coordinati...
In-country partners 23 partners      2 Universities      5 Research institutes      2 Ministries – health and agricult...
Implementation teams Baseline survey – Wiredu, Etwire, Martey, Nachim, Dogbe (SARI),  Arouna, and Diagne (AfricaRice) Co...
Some important definitions Baseline survey – describes the prevailing socio-  economic conditions of the actors in the ta...
Meetings     Date                                      Meeting10-12 January    Inaugural meeting of stakeholders: draft ov...
Implementation Approach: The Rice SectorDevelopment Hub concept  Hubs are zones where rice research products will be inte...
 Implementation follows an iterative 3-stage approach:      1st generation villages / rice communities will participate ...
Multi-stakeholder platforms• Will operationalize the concept of rice sector  development hub• Act as a platform for introd...
Stages of the MSP Process
Achievements and prospects
1.1.1. Baseline survey 2 Hubs established:      Northern Region: Savelugu Hub - 20 communities, 200       households    ...
Baseline survey contd. 10 Enumerators + 4 SARI scientists trained on data collection  using Smartphones First round of d...
Baseline survey contd. Backstopping an enumerator at Yizergu
Outstanding activities 1st round of data collection ends Oct 2012 2 more rounds in Nov and Dec 2012 for on-farm and  off...
1.1.15: Seed production Trained 15 farmers + 4 extension staff in the Navrongo  Hub – too late to start in the Savelugu H...
Seed production field
Outstanding activities Field inspections by GSIU Harvesting & processing – end Nov 2012 Final certification – Jan 2013...
2.1.7: Yield gap surveyYield gap concept: Yield gap is the difference between maximum attainable  yield and actual yield ...
General Steps in Yield Gap Analysis
Yield gap survey: achievements• 2 SARI scientists + 15 Agricultural Extension Agents  trained on data collection using Sma...
Yield gap survey achievements contd.• Selected plots geo-referenced and measured• Documented farmers’ agronomic and manage...
Outstanding activities Continue data collection on harvesting and post- harvest  processes up to Feb 2013 Collate data a...
3.1.1: Diagnostic survey Protocol developed 2 team members trained by AfricaRice Community listing and selection comple...
Communities selected for Key Informant   and Focused Group interviews
Outstanding activities Complete data entry – end Nov 2012 Training on data analysis - Dec 2012 /Jan 2013 Data analysis ...
3.1.2 Multi-stakeholder platforms Different types of stakeholders identified (through  surveys and site visits) MSPs com...
MSPs establishedNavrongo MSP            Savelugu MSP
Achievements contd.The project facilitated: Statement of vision and mission by each MSP Election & inauguration of execu...
Hub               Actor                 No. of      Members   Male   Female                                       stakehol...
Framework Research output 1: activities                   Activity                                       AfricaRice & part...
Thank you.
Africa RISING West Africa: Status of activities in the rice-based systems, January-September 2012
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Presented by Olupomi Ajayi (Africa Rice Center) at the Africa RISING West Africa Review and Planning Meeting Tamale, Ghana, 23-25 October 2012

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Africa RISING West Africa: Status of activities in the rice-based systems, January-September 2012

  1. 1. Africa RISING West Africa: Status ofactivities in the rice-based systems, January-September, 2012 Olupomi Ajayi Africa Rice Center Africa RISING-West Africa Review and Planning Workshop 23-25 October, 2012, Tamale, Ghana
  2. 2. Outline Partners & Implementation Teams Meetings Implementation approach – Rice Sector Development Hubs concept Achievements and prospects  1.1.1 Baseline survey  1.1.15 Seed production  2.1.7 Yield gap survey  3.1.1 Diagnostic survey  3.1.2 Multi-stakeholder platforms
  3. 3. Major partners Partner ResponsibilityAfrica Rice Center Overall project coordination, backstopping(AfricaRice)Savannah Agricultural In-country project implementation and coordinationResearch Institute(CSIR-SARI)World Vegetable Introduction, evaluation and promotion of high valueResearch and fruits and vegetablesDevelopment Center(AVRDC)
  4. 4. In-country partners 23 partners  2 Universities  5 Research institutes  2 Ministries – health and agriculture  NGOs  The private sector  Professional associations – farmers, processors, seed growers, traders, etc.
  5. 5. Implementation teams Baseline survey – Wiredu, Etwire, Martey, Nachim, Dogbe (SARI), Arouna, and Diagne (AfricaRice) Community seed production – Siise, Abebrese, Yirzagla, and Dogbe (SARI) Yield gap analysis – Baba, Yirzagla, Mawunya, Abdulai (SARI), and Saito (AfricaRice) Diagnostic survey – Nachim, Abdulai, Etwire (SARI) and Raboanarielina (AfricaRice) Rice sector development hubs and multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) – Prince, Owusu, Martey, Dogbe (SARI) and Raboanarielina (AfricaRice)
  6. 6. Some important definitions Baseline survey – describes the prevailing socio- economic conditions of the actors in the target area Diagnostic survey – finds out the knowledge and constraints faced by the actors in the area, as well as technology transfer and linkages Yield gap survey – quantifies yield gaps and their causes through field observations and interviews
  7. 7. Meetings Date Meeting10-12 January Inaugural meeting of stakeholders: draft overall concept note and logframe/workplan10-11 February 1st consultative meeting at SARI: logframe and budget for the rice- based component discussed29 March 2nd consultative meeting at SARI: logframe and budget for the rice- based component finalized28-29 March Official launching of the project by IITA12 April Inception workshop: sensitized potential partners; shared roles to partners
  8. 8. Implementation Approach: The Rice SectorDevelopment Hub concept  Hubs are zones where rice research products will be integrated across the rice value chain to achieve development outcomes and impact  Hubs represent key rice ecologies and different market opportunities in the target areas and will be linked to major regional or national rice development efforts to facilitate out-scaling  These hubs are testing grounds for new rice technologies and follow a ‘reverse-research approach’, i.e. starting from the market
  9. 9.  Implementation follows an iterative 3-stage approach:  1st generation villages / rice communities will participate in baseline, diagnostic and yield gap surveys  2nd generation rice communities will not be directly involved in research, but will benefit from the outcome of the research done in the 1st generation rice communities  3rd generation rice communities will benefit from the research work done through scaling out development activities (funded by development partners)
  10. 10. Multi-stakeholder platforms• Will operationalize the concept of rice sector development hub• Act as a platform for introducing, validating and monitoring appropriate improved rice technologies and interventions
  11. 11. Stages of the MSP Process
  12. 12. Achievements and prospects
  13. 13. 1.1.1. Baseline survey 2 Hubs established:  Northern Region: Savelugu Hub - 20 communities, 200 households  Upper East Region: Navrongo Hub - 20 communities, 200 households Protocol/workplan developed Modular questionnaires formulated Sample frame generated for producer survey Sites selected based on Randomized Control Trials (Criteria: Rice potential, Population, Accessibility, and Market access)
  14. 14. Baseline survey contd. 10 Enumerators + 4 SARI scientists trained on data collection using Smartphones First round of data collection commenced Sept Data collection completed in 13 communities and for 27 households (outstanding 27 communities and 373 households)
  15. 15. Baseline survey contd. Backstopping an enumerator at Yizergu
  16. 16. Outstanding activities 1st round of data collection ends Oct 2012 2 more rounds in Nov and Dec 2012 for on-farm and off-farm data on income and expenditure accounts for 2012 Producer/community surveys will continue till Mar 2013 Post-production surveys will start in Jan 2013
  17. 17. 1.1.15: Seed production Trained 15 farmers + 4 extension staff in the Navrongo Hub – too late to start in the Savelugu Hub Provided foundation seed to the 15 farmers (0.4 ha each = 6 ha total) All fields successfully established Four monitoring and technical backstopping visits by CSIR-SARI Seed are being certified by Ghana Seed Inspection Division of MoFA
  18. 18. Seed production field
  19. 19. Outstanding activities Field inspections by GSIU Harvesting & processing – end Nov 2012 Final certification – Jan 2013 Linking seed producing farmers to market (other farmers in the Hubs)
  20. 20. 2.1.7: Yield gap surveyYield gap concept: Yield gap is the difference between maximum attainable yield and actual yield obtained by farmers
  21. 21. General Steps in Yield Gap Analysis
  22. 22. Yield gap survey: achievements• 2 SARI scientists + 15 Agricultural Extension Agents trained on data collection using Smartphones• 1 automated weather station established in Navrongo Hub (Nyangua)• 8 communities randomly selected for the survey• All households within the selected communities profiled• 88 farmers were randomly selected for participation• 88 farmers’ fields (8 researcher-managed) selected for yield gap survey
  23. 23. Yield gap survey achievements contd.• Selected plots geo-referenced and measured• Documented farmers’ agronomic and management practices in the communities• Collected routine data based on the agreed protocol
  24. 24. Outstanding activities Continue data collection on harvesting and post- harvest processes up to Feb 2013 Collate data at each location and construct database – up to Mar 2013 Analyze data to identify and delineate the main constraints responsible for yield gaps – May 2013  Clearly classify the yield gaps into:  exploitable gaps (those that are due mainly to suboptimal crop management practices)  less exploitable gaps (those that can be closed, but with less economic gains)
  25. 25. 3.1.1: Diagnostic survey Protocol developed 2 team members trained by AfricaRice Community listing and selection completed Key Informant and Focused Group interviews conducted in six communities Data transcription almost completed Data entry 85% complete
  26. 26. Communities selected for Key Informant and Focused Group interviews
  27. 27. Outstanding activities Complete data entry – end Nov 2012 Training on data analysis - Dec 2012 /Jan 2013 Data analysis and report writing – end Mar 2013
  28. 28. 3.1.2 Multi-stakeholder platforms Different types of stakeholders identified (through surveys and site visits) MSPs composed, launched and made operational Relationships between stakeholders identified Stakeholders’ needs and interests identified and analyzed Backstopping at monthly MSP meetings
  29. 29. MSPs establishedNavrongo MSP Savelugu MSP
  30. 30. Achievements contd.The project facilitated: Statement of vision and mission by each MSP Election & inauguration of executives/steering committees Collection of membership levies Opening of bank accounts Adoption of local names for MSPs Initiation of official registration of MSPs as cooperative societies Opening of office space
  31. 31. Hub Actor No. of Members Male Female stakeholdersSavelugu FBO 10 500 448 52 MoFA 1 3 3 0 Aggregator 2 2 0 2 Processor 6 6 2 4 Tractor Services Provider 4 4 4 0 Agro Input Dealer 2 2 2 0 Rural Bank 1 1 1 0 District Assembly 1 1 1 0 Sub Total 27 519 461 58Navrongo FBO 7 379 348 31 ICOUR 1 3 3 0 MoFA 1 1 1 0 Aggregator 2 2 1 1 Processor 4 4 1 3 Tractor Services Provider 2 2 2 0 Agro Input Dealer 2 2 2 0 Rural Bank 1 2 2 0 Sub Total 20 395 360 35 Total 47 914 821 93
  32. 32. Framework Research output 1: activities Activity AfricaRice & partnersConstruction of development domains within IFPRI will do thisand across the project mega-sitesIdentification of action research sites within SARI has selected Hubsthe development domains of each mega-siteEstablishment of R4D platforms Equal to MSPsCollect baseline information Baseline + diagnostic + yield gap surveysConstruction of farm household typologies Baseline + diagnostic + yield gap surveysInventorize innovations Agronomy, social science, and economics teams will develop inventoryIdentification and prioritization of innovations Matching surveys’ results and inventoryaddressing major constraints
  33. 33. Thank you.

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