Overview of the GISAIA Research Project: Key Research Issues and Proposed Timeline
Introducing GISAIAGUIDING INVESTMENTS INSUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURALINTENSIFICATION IN AFRICAPresented by Saweda Liverpool-Tasie (Michigan State University),atThe GISAIA Nigeria launchon June 17, 2013, Yar’Adua Conference Center, Abuja, Nigeria
GISAIA is designed to promote:1. sustainable agricultural intensification andproductivity2. collaboration between African governments andresearchers3. The building of analytical capacity Goal: to work with policy makers to identify publicinvestments/policies that promote small farmagricultural productivity growth
Implementation approach: Focus is on high-quality, evidence-based research innovative outreach approaches Direct involvement of policy makers and otherstakeholders from the beginning, to ensurerelevance and promote national ownership Significant involvement and leadership by teamson the ground MSU to provide capacity building and researchmentorship and support
1. Efforts to raise the efficiency andprofitabilityof input use by farmers2. Strategies to improve the effectiveness ofinput subsidy programs3. Impact assessment of promising pilotprograms4. Supply chain studiesAreas of general focus
Eight countries; Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso,Ethiopia Tanzania. Malawi, Zambia, and KenyaGeographic coverage
GISAIA: NigeriaFocus:1. Efforts to understand and raise the efficiency andprofitability of fertilizeruse by farmers- Strategies to improve the effectivenessof inputsubsidy programs2. Impact assessmentof promising pilot programsOpportunity to use a rigorous empiricalapproach to verify preliminary evidence aboutthe technology prior to scaling up todemonstrateimpact and maximize potentialbenefits.
Time frame: 2013-2016 Stakeholder consultation: June 2013 Fertilizer use and profitability study Data collection Data Analysis Mid way validation Results preparation and policyrecommendations Outreach