Aifsc aug 16 2012


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Presentation to ACIAR staff on consultation activities and strategy of the Australian International Food Security Centre. Mellissa Wood and Wendy Henderson, 16 August 2012.

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Aifsc aug 16 2012

  1. 1. Partnerships for food security
  2. 2. FARA, Accra Ghana
  3. 3. AIFSC priorities East and south African countries Identified as a country/sub-regional need Identified as a gap in existing agricultural research for development Opportunities for bridging the gap between research and development Opportunities for leveraging off existing work Opportunities for co-investment, in particular with private sector partners Encourage south-south institution support Recognising the impact of gender on food security Opportunities for where Australian comparative advantage can have impact and alignment with national interests
  4. 4. Smallholder farmers Seven out of ten Africans gain their livelihoods through farming Likely to be a woman 1 hectare or less Yield is one quarter the global average Basic equipment – hoe and saved seed Lacking information and decision making => Struggling to feed a continent of nearly one billion people
  5. 5. Africa is more vulnerable to changing world food prices Source: FAO 2011 The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011. Rome
  6. 6. Impact Sufficient, accessible and nutritious food Increased food Increased income Improved nutrition Improved access Increased Outcomes production and diversity in to knowledge institutional and diets individual capacity Greater Better Better Increased Innovations in Critical mass Outputs of access to market informed and access to more information trained to address interventions agricultural access and supported nutritious and and knowledge food security for smallholder female innovations returns, and policy safe food and delivery and issues, enduring and male farmers and stronger development less post facilitated institutional other poor households value chains harvest waste partnerships partnerships Focus of interventions Accelerating research delivery and adoption of innovations for food security Sustainable Markets, value Food nutrition Communica- Education, and productive chains and and safety tions and training and Program themes farming social systems knowledge capacity systems management building (research) (capacity building)D Broad platform “Food security” = availability, access and utilisation Policy frameworks MDGs, in-country priorities, Australian Aid Frameworks
  7. 7. Current activities Landcare for Food SecurityReview of ACIAR’s Evergreen Adoption Small-scaleprojects in Africa – Agriculture Pathways mechanisationimpacts and $5.5million $3 million $4 million Vegetable-adoption (+ $1.8 million) (+ $2.3 million) based (+ $2 million) 4 years 4 years 4 years farmingUnderstanding Ethiopia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia,farming Rwanda, Burundi Tanzania, Malawi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique Mozambique,systems ZimbabweForesight for food Familysecurity poultry and Blue water use crops Primary impact Sustainable and Markets, Food Secondary impact productive value chains nutrition farming systems & social and safety scope systems project
  8. 8. FARA priority themes AIFSC priority? Area of fitCrop diversification ✓ P3, Vegetable scoping studyIntegrated crop livestock systems ✓ P1, P3, Evergreen Ag, Poultry crop interactions, WaterResearch uptake and scaling out ✓ MISSION, Pathways project, Impact and adoption studyKnowledge mgt ✓ P4, HarvestChoiceValue chain analysis ✓ P2Foresight use ✓ HarvestChoice, Farming SystemsSocio economic impacts ✓ P2, Pathways project, Small scale mechanisation projectFood safety, quality & nutrition ✓ P3Ag financing ✗Biotech. stewardship ✗Capacity strengthening ✓ P5, Landcare scoping study
  9. 9. Success of Newcastle Disease vaccine• Assoc. Prof. Robyn Alders involved for over 20 yrs• Thermo-tolerant vaccine produced (ACIAR $) and distributed over several African countries (AusAID $)• Sustainable system for vaccine production and coordinated distribution – vaccination and evaluation every 4 months• 70-80% protection of flock against disease
  10. 10. AIFSC poultry–crop project• Assessing poultry and crop value chains: o strategic linkages to improve efficiency of both chains? o ↑ poultry production/trade through supplementary feeding from crops? o ↑’d efficiency of poultry production contribute to ecologically sustainable ag and food security? o ↑ human nutritiono specialists in human health & nutrition, animal health, value chains, gender/social issues
  11. 11. KenyaUgandaTanzaniaRwandaBurundi
  12. 12. AusAID, NairobiFood Security Team
  13. 13. ILRI, Nairobi Seminar
  14. 14. AfricanEnterpriseChallengeFund –KPMG &B&MGF
  15. 15. AfricanUnion, AddisAbaba
  16. 16. Thank you
  17. 17. Thank you