Africa RISING West Africa Project—The
history and where we are today
I. Hoeschle-Zeledon

Africa RISING West Africa Review...
The Start
 Oct. 2011: Brain storming meeting Bamako, Mali
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3 projects on farming systems intensification
agreement on...
Next steps
 Feb. 2012: decision on Program approach with 3
regional projects; name: Africa RISING
Africa RISING = Africa ...
 Throughout 2012:
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Site characterization and selection of future action and
control sites (socio-economic an...
Africa RISING Program
Africa
RISING

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5-year R4D program with 3 projects, M&E and comms components
• Cereal-legume-liv...
Research Framework
Research Framework
2013
 January: Stakeholder meeting in Accra; first Steering
Committee meeting
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Approval of work plans deferred...
2013
 March: program-wide research methodology meeting
 Agreement on terminology and scales
 Adoption of proposed farmi...
Sub-agreements in 2013
Institution

Amount 000US$

ICRISAT

748

(sub-contracts with other partners in Mali)

CIAT

100

I...
Collaboration with development projects
 MoU with ACDI/VOCA ADVANCE project (Ghana,
expired)
 Discussions under way with...
Implementation challenges
 AfricaRice withdrew in March 2013
 Political situation in Mali: exclusion of government
insti...
Special events
 August 2012: visit of US Congressional delegation to
Ghana project sites

 July 2013: donor visit to Gha...
Programme Management Structure
Program Coordination Team
(IITA, ILRI, IFPRI, USAID)

Communications Team
(ILRI)

West Afri...
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Africa RISING West Africa Project—The history and where we are today

  1. 1. Africa RISING West Africa Project—The history and where we are today I. Hoeschle-Zeledon Africa RISING West Africa Review and Planning Meeting, Bamako, Mali, 3-4 February 2014
  2. 2. The Start  Oct. 2011: Brain storming meeting Bamako, Mali   3 projects on farming systems intensification agreement on countries and regions: UER, UWR, NR (Ghana), Sikasso (Mali)  Jan. 2012: Inception workshop Tamale, Ghana    CN presentation need for a clear research framework (approach and context, research hypotheses, trial design) need for appropriate action and control site selection => fast track work plan building on existing work to produce results by September 2012
  3. 3. Next steps  Feb. 2012: decision on Program approach with 3 regional projects; name: Africa RISING Africa RISING = Africa Research In Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation  June - December: implementation of year 1 field activities in both countries  Sept.-December: draft work plans for 2013
  4. 4.  Throughout 2012:       Site characterization and selection of future action and control sites (socio-economic and biophysical characteristics: length of growing period, market access) Program research framework M&E plan Program communication strategy Program and Project management structure (Rules of engagement with farmers, gender strategy)
  5. 5. Africa RISING Program Africa RISING • • 5-year R4D program with 3 projects, M&E and comms components • Cereal-legume-livestock based farming systems in the Guinea and BulletSudano Savanna of WA (Ghana, Mali, [IITA]) • Cereal-legume-livestock based farming systems in ESA (Tanzania, BulletMalawi, Zambia, [IITA]) • Crop-livestock systems of the Ethiopian Highlands (ILRI) Goal Create pathways for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainable intensification (SI) Objectives • Identify and evaluate demand-driven options for SI • Evaluate/document/share experiences with approaches for delivering and integrating innovations beyond program sites • Create opportunities for program participants to move out of poverty and improve the nutritional status • Facilitate partner-led wider dissemination of SI innovations Hypotheses • Integration, adoption, trade-off, sequencing, scalability
  6. 6. Research Framework Research Framework
  7. 7. 2013  January: Stakeholder meeting in Accra; first Steering Committee meeting     Approval of work plans deferred; issues of site and activity integration; scale of operations; proposed research too conventional, little innovative; need for farming systems approach Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana identified the various experimentally relevant scales at which they work. Differences in the terminology and divergent assumptions about what methodological approaches to take, and at what experimental scales to apply these approaches; Source of miscommunication and misunderstanding across the program
  8. 8. 2013  March: program-wide research methodology meeting  Agreement on terminology and scales  Adoption of proposed farming systems analysis proposal (RO1) to inform RO2 activities  functional farm typologies, identification of entry points, exante assessment of technology options, farm typology specific priority setting & planning for integrated systems improvement  April – May: Revision of draft work plans for 2013, development of a set of regional research hypotheses  June- December: Implementation of field activities  Branding guidelines for coherent identity across all projects and increased visibility http://africarising.wikispaces.com/comms_tools
  9. 9. Sub-agreements in 2013 Institution Amount 000US$ ICRISAT 748 (sub-contracts with other partners in Mali) CIAT 100 IWMI 100 ILRI 170 AVRDC (Ghana, Mali) 243 SARI 222 INSTI 29 KNUST 64 SRI 25 CRI 25 MoFA 45 MoH 45 FRI 45 FARA 20
  10. 10. Collaboration with development projects  MoU with ACDI/VOCA ADVANCE project (Ghana, expired)  Discussions under way with ATT- Project (Ghana)  FARMSEM Project Mali ???  MoU with Heifer International in Ghana
  11. 11. Implementation challenges  AfricaRice withdrew in March 2013  Political situation in Mali: exclusion of government institutions from funding, travel restrictions  Lack of baseline surveys to guide research interventions  Late recruitment of regional M&E officer  Farming systems analysis not yet completed  Staff fluctuation in partner organizations  Key partners not present at research sites
  12. 12. Special events  August 2012: visit of US Congressional delegation to Ghana project sites  July 2013: donor visit to Ghana project sites  September 2013: Program-wide learning event  October 2013: exchange visit of Ghana researchers to Mali  Last week: USAID visit to Mali sites
  13. 13. Programme Management Structure Program Coordination Team (IITA, ILRI, IFPRI, USAID) Communications Team (ILRI) West Africa Project Steering Committee (IITA) Science Advisory Group Monitoring and Evaluation Team (IFPRI) Ethiopian Highlands Project Steering Committee (ILRI) E&SA Project Steering Committee (IITA)
  14. 14. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net

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