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From Arusha to Lilongwe: Africa RISING East and Southern Africa year 2 overview


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Presented by I. Hoeschle-Zeledon at the Africa RISING East and Southern Africa annual review and planning meeting, Lilongwe, Malawi, 3-5 September 2013

Presented by I. Hoeschle-Zeledon at the Africa RISING East and Southern Africa annual review and planning meeting, Lilongwe, Malawi, 3-5 September 2013

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  • 1. From Arusha to Lilongwe Africa RISING East and Southern Africa year 2 overview I. Hoeschle-Zeledon, IITA Africa RISING East and Southern Africa annual review and planning meeting, Lilongwe, Malawi, 3-5 September 2013
  • 2.  Year 1: 10 quick win projects to - do preparatory work for longer term research - establish partnerships - learn lessons - do thorough identification of sites - develop the program research framework  Oct. 2012, Arusha - Review of quick wins and planning for the future  Arusha outputs: - prioritized challenges - project boundaries - guiding principles - Africa RISING’s niche - research ideas and partners
  • 3.  Seed availability and distribution systems  Soil fertility  Pest, disease and weed management  Agronomic practices (planting periods, spacing,  crop mixtures, soil preparation)  Conservation of natural resources (soil & water)  Post-harvest handling (value addition, utilization, processing equipment)  Markets (access, organization, opportunities, niches )  Institutions : IPs, FOs, networks (partnerships, conflict management)  Livestock (husbandry, breeds, pasture mgmt., feeds, health, processing) Prioritized challenges for Africa RISING in ESA pests soil degradation oil degradation post-harvest livestock/crop conflicts residues nutrient mgmt.
  • 4.  Information and communication  Capacity building  Situation analysis (RO1): final site selection, baseline surveys, farming systems analysis (to be carried out simultaneously with RO2 activities) Prioritized challenges for Africa RISING in ESA
  • 5.  We all work on the selected sites in the three countries  We focus on the Research Framework and its four Research Outputs  We adopt selected Feed the Future Indicators Boundaries
  • 6.  Intervention domain is the farm household  Sustainable intensification: producing more output from the same area of land while reducing negative environmental impacts and increasing contributions to natural capital and environmental services  Stepwise approach towards SI  Targeting different household typologies with different resources and livelihood objectives  R4D platforms for cooperation and co-learning  Critical entry points: (i) technologies for productivity enhancement, for natural resources management (NRM), for income generation, for knowledge management (ii) innovations related to social and institutional arrangements (iii) combination Guiding principles
  • 7. 1. Crops/Shrubs/Trees 3. Livestock2. Soil/Water 1. Crop 2. Soil 3. Livestock 4. Crop Soil √ 5. Crop Livestock √ 6. Soil Livestock √ 7. Crop Soil Livestock √ 4 5 6 7 Africa RISING’s Niche-Integrated Research markets, gender, policies,…
  • 8. Summary Bekunda “There are lots of ideas on the floor and not everything can be implemented due to resource restrictions. Who is doing what in details remains to be seen, however the ideas formulated will help generate terms of reference to develop the actual work plans. Some of the activities proposed will be undertaken this season while others will be implemented in subsequent years.” Meeting report:
  • 9.  Formation of research teams for each site and identification of lead partner and collaborators  Development of research proposals in participatory manner  Submission of proposals to IITA  Approval by Steering Committee  Contracts and fund disbursement  Star of field implementation (January)  Workshop on survey instrument for baseline surveys (January)  Workshop on research design (March) Post-Arusha activities
  • 10.  Malawi (MSU, Regis Chikowo)  Tanzania - semi-arid site (Kongwa/Kiteto, ICRISAT, Patrick Okori) - sub-humid site (Babati, IITA, Mateete Bekunda) - irrigated rice-systems (Kilombero, AfricaRice, Jonne Rodenburg)  Cross-countries (WU for Farming Systems Analysis, Jeroen Groot) Research teams and leaders
  • 11. Year 2: Start of longer-term research activities at selected intervention sites Tanzania, Babati district: Sabilo, Long, Seloto villages Tanzania, Kongwa district: Chitego, Moleti, Mlala villages Kiteto district: Njoro village Malawi, Dedza district: Linthipe, Golomoti EPAs; Ntcheu district: Kandeu, Nsipe EPAs sub-humid semi-arid semi-arid to humid
  • 12. Tanzania action sites Sites represent agro-ecologies that define specific agricultural potentials, and covering a minimum of 200 households. Babati: Sabilo, Long, Seloto villages Kongwa: Chitego, Moleti, Mlala villages Kiteto: Njoro village Others: added next season
  • 13. Malawi action sites Sections (representing different agro-ecologies): Golomoti Center, Golomoti EPA, Dedza Mposa, Linthipe EPA, Dedza Kampanje, Kandeu EPA, Ntcheu Mpamadzi, Nsipe EPA, Ntcheu
  • 14. Disbursementofresearchfunds Institution Amount(US$) CIMMYT 164,000 ILRI 89,000 CIAT 110,000 ICRISAT 447,000 SELIAN 74,000 AVRDC 93,000 MSU 395,000 WU 188,000 ESA and WA IITA 454,000
  • 15. Field visit Tanzania, February 2013
  • 16. Field visit Malawi, March 2013
  • 17.  USAID seeks complementarities and synergies between research and development initiatives  Co-location of sites in Kongwa/Kiteto (Tanzania) with NAFAKA (Staples Value Chain program of FtF Tanzania)  MoU with NAFAKA  MoU with INVC (Integrating Nutrition with Value Chains [groundnuts, soybeans]) project in Malawi Collaboration with development partners
  • 18.  Plans since AR inception  Opportunities for synergies with SIMLEZA (maize-legume systems, objectives)  Field visits of SIMLEZA sites  Follow-up meeting in May: potential areas of collaboration, comparative advantages  Start of site characterization work to allow identification of joint sites  Draft collaborative research proposal prepared  Upcoming discussion and final decisions  Opportunities to align with further USAID projects AR in Zambia
  • 19.  Composition: IITA Reg. Director (chair), USAID, ASARECA, COSTECH, AfricaRice, M&E, Communication, Chief Scientist, Project Coordinator (Secretary)  Meeting: October 2012 Main decisions/suggestions: - Change of role and name: from Coordination Committee to Steering Committee (approves work plans and budgets) - A representative from Malawi should be added to the SC member in year 3 - PA materials are needed - Program Science Advisory Panel: standing body, independent, to be established in 2013 Project Steering Committee
  • 20.  Withdrawal of AfricaRice from projects in ESA and WA  Research site abandoned and team dissolved, AVRDC, IITA research on vegetables redirected to the other sites  No more work on rice-based systems Kilombero research site
  • 21.  Project M&E specialist (Ainsley Charles, IFPRI, joined in April), based at Project office, Arusha  Festos Ngulu (consultant), Tanzania  Support from IITA admin staff in Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe  Jeffrey Oliver, Catherine Njuguna, IITA Zambia and Tanzania , part time communication support Research Communication specialist for ESA and WA under recruitment Agricultural Economist for ESA and WA to be recruited Africa RISING ESA staff update
  • 22. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation