Africa RISING in East and Southern Africa: Year 1 Overview

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Presented by I. Hoeschle-Zeledon (IITA) at the Africa RISING East and Southern Africa Research Review and Planning Meeting, Arusha, Tanzania, 1-5 October 2012

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Africa RISING in East and Southern Africa: Year 1 Overview

  1. 1. Africa RISING East and Southern Africa Research Review and Planning Meeting, Arusha, Tanzania, 1-5 October 2012Africa RISING in East and Southern Africa: Year 1 Overview I. Hoeschle-Zeledon (IITA)
  2. 2. The StartOct. 2011: Brain storming meeting in preparation of inceptionworkshop, agreement on countriesNov./Dec. 2011: Development of Concept NotesFeb. 2012: Inception workshop DSM,decision on Program approach and name Africa RISING,call for jumpstart project proposalsApril 2012: Approval of 10 jumpstarts, contracts, fund disbursementMay 2012: Office set-up and staff recruitmentContinuously: Strategic Program/Project documents developed, teamsestablished
  3. 3. Approved jumpstart projectsLead Title BudgetIITA Grain Legume Value Chain Analysis 169,447CIMMYT Improved Post-harvest Technologies 173,000ICRAF Evergreen Agriculture 172,000CIAT Catalogue of Crop, Soil, Water 249,014 Management TechnologiesIITA Mycotoxins in Maize and Cassava 170,439CIAT Seed Systems Analysis 170,000ICRISAT Seed Multiplication 270,000CIMMYT Intensification of Farming Systems 109,999AfricaRice Weed Management 170,000AVRDC Enhancing Vegetable Value Chain 214,969Grant ($120k) to MSU for first 6 months of research on Agroecological Intensification in MAL and TZthrough Action Research
  4. 4. Lessons learntEntry points:- SI to build on existing policies, technologies- Gaps identified to fill (technological, capacity, policies, institutions, existing data)Opportunities:- Participatory approaches towards integration of disciplines, evaluation of best bets, land use planning- seed systems improvement- private sector involvementPartnerships and engagement- Interaction among researchers- internal/external communication- Policy maker/private sector engagementLogistics and organization- contractual issues, inadequate infrastructure
  5. 5. Research frameworkgeneric to be applicable across all three Africa RISING regionsflexible to allow site specific adaptationtest a set of hypotheses linked to research outputs and associated development outcomes
  6. 6. Selection of Action SitesCo-location with USAID country mission investments/other actorsRepresentative regarding drivers of intensification to allow for scaling up to areas with similar conditions: population density, market access, agro-ecological conditionProvide for rigorous M&E to determine impact of ARIFPRI: stratification/characterization of target wards and villagesTZ: Kiteto, Kongwa, Kilombero, Babati districtsMAL: Ntcheu, Dedza districtsZAM: Eastern Province
  7. 7. Communication Strategy and Tools (ILRI leadership) wiki , website, repositories for docs, images, presentationsM&E Plan (IFPRI leadership)Program LogframeProgram Document: assembly of all strategicdocuments context  program  purpose, objectives , outcomes,  guiding principles and conceptual framework  research design  logframe  M&E plan  communication strategy  management structure
  8. 8. Our websiteWhere to share news, updates and announcements
  9. 9. Our wiki Collaboration space to support planning, sharing early documents, reporting and organizing events.
  10. 10. Communication Strategy and Tools (ILRI leadership) wiki , website, repositories for docs, images, presentationsM&E Plan (IFPRI leadership)Program LogframeProgram Document: assembly of all strategicdocuments context  program  purpose, objectives , outcomes,  guiding principles and conceptual framework  research design  logframe  M&E plan  communication strategy  management structure
  11. 11. Program Management Structure
  12. 12. Project Coordination Committee (PCC) Provides advice and coordination on Project activities Provides science guidance to Project implementers Guides Project planning and all activities Advises on annual Project workplan and budget Oversees coordination between Project components and partners Liaises with IST to oversee M&E; cc PCT on all reporting Keeps PCT informed of activities via the Project Coordinator Reviews and makes suggestions to Project Coordinator on semiannual technical progress reports to USAID Plans yearly stakeholder meetings with support from Program Communications Team Decisions made by consensus Meets annually in personal and virtually as called by the Chair
  13. 13. ESA PCC Composition Chair: IITA Reg. Dir. for EA Project Coordinator, serves as Secretary (IITA) Project Chief Scientist (IITA) Research partners: CGIAR (1, AfricaRice), yearly rotation sub-regional research organizations (1, ASARECA) NARS (1, COSTECH) and others as designated Project M&E Lead (IFPRI) Project Communications Lead (IITA) USAID Activity Manager
  14. 14. Science Advisory GroupProposed members:Maggie Gill (DFID)Ken Giller (WUR)John Dixon (ACIAR)Bruno Gerard (CIMMYT)Dave Harris (ICRISAT)Bernard van Lauwe (IITA)Reps. from CRSPsUSAID gender specialistAR chief scientists (3, ILRI/IITA)USAID Activity Manager (J. Glover)
  15. 15. USAID visit, June 17-22J. Glover and E. Witte from DC:meet with project staff in Tanzaniameet with USAID country mission partners, e.g. NAFAKA, SUAsee ongoing activitiesget better idea of future action sitesdiscuss alignment with MAFSC , USAID mission, other actors
  16. 16. Thank you!

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