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Food for thought - Aquatic Agricultural Systems - Voices From the Hubs

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CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems country leaders (Zambia, Bangladesh and Solomon Islands) recap the rollout stage of the program and outline the next steps. …

CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems country leaders (Zambia, Bangladesh and Solomon Islands) recap the rollout stage of the program and outline the next steps.

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  • Acknowledge that I am drawing on thinking that has come out of having Charlie, Ranjitha and Neil there. This has added great value.
  • Articulating a development challenge
  • We have worded these into a Development challenge which states the situation; it then identifies what the development challenge is and what is it that the AAS programme might set out to do and finally how could we work together with communities and partners to achieve impact
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    • 1. Food for Thought! Voices from the Hubs June  2012  M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 2. About AAS!•  We work to improve the lives of people the Green Revolution failed to reach.  •  We do this by reducing poverty and hunger in rural families who farm, fish and rear livestock in the world’s large rivers, deltas and coastal systems.•  We think with people, not for people With communities, changing lives M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 3. M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 4. AAS – a Dragon! •  Pioneering •  Intelligence •  Wise •  Passionate •  FlexibleM a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 5. Update!•  2012 roll out in Zambia, B’Desh and SI•  2013 roll out in Cambodia and Philippines•  Living our values – team effort•  Intensive learning while doing•  Great progress M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 6. Activity Sequence!M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 7. Zambia!M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 8. AAS Roll Out in Zambia!q Key Activities o  Programming and Planning o  Hub Scoping o  Inception of Diagnosis and Design Process o  Dialogue and Communication M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 9. Barites Hub Roll Out ! PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING!§  Hub office space!§  Hub staffing!§  Hub Research Manager!§  Community Development Facilitator!§  Office support staff!§  Hire of M & E officer; and Communication/Information/ Knowledge management officer – in progress!§  Procurement of equipment! M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 10. AAS Roll Out in Zambia! Hub Scoping -Working in Partnershipq Analysis of AAS programme in national PPS BRE PACO setting ZFA CO - WPq Hub Development Challengeq Stakeholder Consultation Workshop UNZA Media M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 11. AAS Roll Out in Zambia!Hub Scoping - Observationsq Poverty rates of over 83% –  female-headed households [70% of 205 households]q Main Livelihood strategy –  mixed livelihood strategyq Very poor infrastructure [roads] – limited access to services & marketsq Absence of a formal land use planning in placeq Scattered and temporary nature of settlements and production points [Transhumance system] M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 12. AAS Roll Out in Zambia!Hub Scoping - ObservationsLow Economic Productivityq  Floodplain is a dynamic system characterised by high variability and vulnerability •  short and variable seasons •  Flooding and drought [prompting transhumance & crop looses]q  Poor and sandy soils in both the floodplain and uplandsq  Very weak supply chains for agricultural inputs and improved technologies –  lack of good, consistent and well-adapted seed [e.g. rice]q  Declining cattle population and quality –  Animals disease and shortage of pasture M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 13. AAS Roll Out in Zambia! Stakeholder Consultation Workshop!Par$cipa$on  45  Par$cipants  Farmers  &  Fishers  Private  Sector  Government          Civil  society  [NGOs]  Research  TradiHonal  Authority    Par$cipa$on  by  Gender  27%  female  73%  male   M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 14. Solomon Islands ! !M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 15. The Hub! EasternM a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 16. Two overarching challenges! Within AAS in Malaita a number of challenges have been identified and a number of opportunities. Two challenges that operate over long time periods and will require long term investment to resolve are1.  High population pressure2.  Declining marine resources and collapse of cash earning commodities (e.g. bêche-de- mer) M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 17. Malaita Province AAS Development Challenge!•  The people of Malaita face major challenges from rising population and diminishing marine resources. •  The development challenge is to improve their lives through more productive, diversified livelihoods that empower communities to be better able to adapt to change and make more effective use of their resources. •  The research challenge we will address with the people of Malaita is to develop and test alternative approaches to livelihood diversification and resource stewardship that will accelerate development and restore the productivity of their resources”. M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 18. Partnerships!Core partnerships well on theroad to establishmentADVRC [The World VegetableCenter]KGA [local agricultural NGO]World Vision Core partnerships being built MFMR, MAL, Bioversity, IWMI M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 19. Learning for the next hub!STAFFING•  Clarity on necessary roles PROVINICAL GOVERNMENT•  Strong role to play•  OpportunityARTICULATING THE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 20. Bangladesh partnership Ÿ excellence Ÿ growth"
    • 21. (Pairing of AAS with existing CGIAR priorities) M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 22. How to integrate other WFC projects? AAS   AAS  (Getting everyone to think about the future rather than today is not easy!) M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 23. The Challenges are ManySocial and Economic• Women’s constraints for increased equitable engagement• Income verses nutrition versus biodiversity• Future farmers: who are they and what do they need?• Agriculture systems that are not responsive to impact group• Control by and for elitesPhysical• Weather (flooding and droughts)• Drainage• Sea levels• Salinity(The number of challenges reallycomplicates our way forward.) M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 24. Excitement!! The challenges are many but so are the opportunitiesSalinityMarketsLandscape engineering options Water-loggingWomen and childrenPrivate sector input / market systemsLarge number of actorsOff-farm labor opportunitiesA focus on farmer research capacity (More convinced than ever of AAS being a game-changer.) M a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  
    • 25. QuestionsM a k i n g   a   d i ff e r e n c e   i n   t h e   l i v e s   o f   t h e   p o o r  

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