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Typologies for farming systems analysis in Africa RISING


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Presented by Jeroen Groot (Wageningen UR) at the Africa RISING Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting, Arusha, Tanzania, 13-14 November 2014

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Typologies for farming systems analysis in Africa RISING

  1. 1. Typologies for farming systems analysis in Africa RISING Jeroen Groot (Wageningen University) with IITA, ICRISAT, MSU, CIMMYT Africa RISING Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting Arusha, Tanzania, 13-14 November 2014
  2. 2. Use of typologies Targeting Suitable interventions Scaling out Adoption, dissemination Selection Farms to work with Scaling up Impact assessment
  3. 3. Functional typology Different approaches • Ghana: statistical, expert-based, community-based • Mali: existing typology (Gatien Falconnier) • Malawi and Tanzania: statistical • Zambia: repeated statistical, using SIMLEZA baseline Can be linked back to the structural IFPRI types
  4. 4. Typology methods Diverse farming systems Data collection Selection of key variables Grouping techniques Farm types Experts Community Alvaréz et al. (2014) Typology Guideline for Humidtropics
  5. 5. Typology II Zambia
  6. 6. Typology III Zambia Lundazi Chipata
  7. 7. Typology III Zambia – Lundazi
  8. 8. Typology III Zambia – Lundazi
  9. 9. Comparison of districts
  10. 10. Ghana: expert based classification Wealth indicators Arable land Livestock HH size Assets Type 1 Resource endowment Production orientation Source of income Type 2 Type 3 Type 4 Type 5 LRE MRE HRE Subsistence Consumption > market Consumption = market Consumption < market On-farm only On-farm > off-farm On-farm = off-farm On-farm < off-farm
  11. 11. Ghana: community-based
  12. 12. Conclusions • Different approaches due to contrasts in development stage of projects, and in availability of data and typologies • Comparison of approaches and classifications can help validation and provides insights in different perceptions of farms and their opportunities and constraints • Good basis for further evaluation of the entry points, exploration of tradeoffs, to inform decisions on improvements in farm performance
  13. 13. Thank You Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI.