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Logic Model Narrative
The ultimate objective of the 4R Connectsprojectisimprovedagricultural productivityandsustainability...
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Logic Model Narrative

  1. 1. Logic Model Narrative The ultimate objective of the 4R Connectsprojectisimprovedagricultural productivityandsustainability for smallholderfarmers.Toachieve this,the initiative will be builtupontwomutually-reinforcingpillars: the improveduse bysmallholdersof sustainableagriculturalpracticeswithafocusonnutrient management;aswell anincreasedvisibilityandintegrationof nutrientbestmanagementpractices,in particularthose relatedtothe strategicandcomplementaryuse of chemical fertilizers(referred toas the 4R NutrientStewardshipFramework),into official agricultural policiesandprograms.The firstpillar directlysupportsincreasedagricultural productivity,whilethe secondfocusesonthe policy frameworks that will underpingovernmentandnon-governmentprogramminginsupportof sustainable agriculture. Those frameworksare keytosustainability,astheywill formthe enablingconditionsinwhich smallholderfarmers cancontinue to contribute assignificantproducerswithinnationalagricultural systemswhile providingtheirfamilieswithimprovedlivelihoodsandexpandedopportunities. To increase productivity,the projectwillfocusonbothindividual smallholdersaswell asthe shared- value organizations(includingcooperatives) whichhelp sustainthem. Gender-sensitive training programsthat include the 4R NutrientStewardshipFrameworkwill be developedbothforfarmersas well asfor a varietyof governmentandnon-governmentextensionagents.UsingaLeadFarmer / demonstrationplotmethodology,participantswill observethe resultsof correctandincorrectuse of fertilizersandotherprogressive agricultural practices(pestanderosioncontrol,seedvarietyselection, soil organiccontentmanagement etc.) ontargetedcashandsubsistence crops.Otherconstraintsto improvedeconomicperformance will be analysed,includingaffordable accesstoinputs,credit,storage and transportetc.,and individualand/orcollectivesolutionswillbe identified. At the organizational level, participatingorganizations will be strengthened toofferservicesthatwill supportthe increasedproductivitythatimprovednutrientmanagementwillgenerate. Strategicbusiness planswill be developedandimplementedtoincrease smallholderparticipationinagricultural supply and value chains. The intentistoensure thatincreasedcropproduction actuallytranslatesinto improvedlivelihoods,ratherthanjustanincreasedsupplythatcouldmeanlowerpricesatthe farm gate.To that end,CCA will provide technical assistancetoparticipatingorganizationstoimprove their skillsinmarketing,bulkbuying,qualitycontrol,aswell asstorage andtransportas required. If the 4R nutrientmanagementapproachiskeytosustainable agricultural productivity,thendirect supportto farmersneedstobe complementedbyeffortstointegrate thatapproachinto official policy and practice.To exertsuchinfluence,the projectwill proactivelyengage withotherstakeholdersinboth promotingthe 4R approach as well as inensuringthe practical conditionsinwhichthatapproachcan flourish.Thismeansthe developmentof country- andcrop-specificextensiontools,the establishmentof recognizednormsforcomplementaryagriculturalpractices,aswell asthe developmentof certification standardsfor extensionagentstoensure the consistentapplicationof 4Rprinciples.Open-sourcedata, informationsharingandaninclusive approachtoinstitutionalengagement willallow forwide disseminationof projectmethodologyandresults.Atamore macro level,recognitionof the 4R approach will be promotedbyorganizingcontent-drivenvisibilityactivities,studytoursandthe developmentof communicationsproductsthat emphasizeboththe productivityadvantagesaswell as the accompanyingpositive environmental andnutritional outcomes of thatapproach. Aspart of that outreachfocus,a multi-countrycase studydocumentingthe impact of the 4Rs on productivity,income and improvednutrition,will be undertakenandreleasedasafinal productof the project.

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