Day 1_Session3_TRIPS_WASDS_CIP

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Day 1_Session3_TRIPS_WASDS_CIP - This presentation sets out planned CIP research activities in target action sites across the West African Sahel and Dry Savannas target region

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Day 1_Session3_TRIPS_WASDS_CIP

  1. 1. CIP WORK SO FAR AND THOUGHTS ON 2013 AND BEYOND CRP Dryland Systems meeting, Kumasi, Ghana Ted Carey March August 1-2, 2013
  2. 2. What does CIP bring to CRP Dryland Systems?
  3. 3. 2012 Groundwork • CIP started to engage with CRP Dryland Systems in W. Africa (March) • Regional Inception workshop – Ouagadougou (July) – New friends, colleagues, and questions – In Ghana, there was interest in intensification of pig – crop systems. Sweetpotato fits in well – Sweetpotato and potato are important or have potential at many of the benchmark
  4. 4. 2012 Groundwork • Sweetpotato survey done at Ghana Benchmark sites by CSIR-SARI scientists John Bidzakin and Kwabena Acheremu – PRA/RRA (2 villages at Wa, 2 at Tolon-Kumbungu and 2 at Bawku) – Planting material, markets, pests (weevils) seen as important – Gender disaggregated problem tree • Multiplication work started at same sites – MOFA and NGO/CBOs partners – Emphasis on Orange fleshed Cultivars
  5. 5. 2012 Other work • Complementary VC study contracted by B&MGF (end of 2012, early 2013) – Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria (Overlap with benchmark sites in each country). Supposed to do Mali as well, but didn’t come off. – Increasingly important commercial crop (5 to 10 years); interesting potential for animal feed, particularly by larger producers. • Dry season multiplication work (enterprise approach) started at benchmark sites sites in Ghana – MOFA and NGO/CBOs partners – Emphasis (perhaps mistakenly, on OFSP)
  6. 6. 2012 Groundwork • Contribution of crop modeling to our work? • Capacity to study root system architecture in relation to management (and possibly genetic improvement) – Purchase of root scanner and software – Visit by colleague from Louisiana State U – Linkage with WASCAL for Ph.D. thesis research topic
  7. 7. June 2013 visit to Soukouraba, Burkina Faso
  8. 8. June 2013 visit to Soukouraba, Burkina Faso
  9. 9. 2013 Workplan/thoughts • CIP will invest for dryland systems in W. Africa. – Allocating 60K (operational cost) to W. Africa • Trying to understand how to appropriately engage in the region, across sites. – 2013 work will likely be conducted by and with partners at Ghana action sites, with additional contributions in Burkina Faso
  10. 10. Thank You

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