Proposals for Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Research Component 1—Characterization

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Presented by Alan Duncan, Beth Cullen, Aster Gebrekristos and Stefan Shultz at the Africa RISING Ethiopia Project Implementation Meeting, Addis Ababa, 13-14 February 2013


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Proposals for Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Research Component 1—Characterization

  1. 1. Proposals for Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Research Component 1 - Characterization Alan Duncan, Beth Cullen, Aster Gebrekristos, Stefan ShultzAfrica RISING Ethiopia project implementation meeting, Addis Ababa, 13-14 February 2013
  2. 2. Partners ILRI (lead): Expertise in the development and application of a wide range of participatory methods (e.g. for characterisation of resource availability and utilisation and stratification of households within communities); Gender analysis (identification of gender- disaggregated constraints and opportunities and identification of gender-equitable solutions). CIP: Past experience of community situation analysis and action research planning. ICRAF: Resource mapping and formalisation of indigenous knowledge and practises. National Partners: Community engagement; past experience in the use of diagnostic approaches and tools.
  3. 3. Endogenous  Driver of Innovation  Exogenous Research component 1 Research component 4 Review of best System characterisation and analysis technology / “Action research” management Community options characterisation and stratification Participatory Validate technologies / problem Ex ante modelling / management practices identification and impact assessment Inventory of current gap analysis technologies / practices and their Adaptation and sources integration of technologies / Research component 3 management practices Research component 2 Community institutions Markets and wider and knowledge stakeholders exchange Identified market opportunities Biophysical and Research component 5 socio-economic benchmarks Outputs to outcomes Characterisation of specific value chains (actors and links) Scaling: to be developed Community knowledge exchange Functioning multi-stakeholder groups established platforms Opportunities for scaling innovation (endogenous and exogenous)
  4. 4. Key deliverables Socio-economic community characterization. Characterisation of bio-physical environment. Household stratification (against socio-economic and biophysical factors) Gender analysis. Inventory of current practices / technologies and their sources. Participatory problem identification and gap analysis.
  5. 5. Some issues Household typologies
  6. 6. Household typologies Each household is different For intensification strategies – one size does not fit all Can we find ways of characterizing households that will lead to better tailored interventions? What is the minimum dataset needed to do this?
  7. 7. Gender Women and men play different roles in the household economy and reap different benefits How do we take account of this in designing sustainable intensification strategies?
  8. 8. Research Questions What is the minimum dataset (biophysical and socio-economic, quantitative and qualitative) required for effective household characterisation and stratification and to meet the needs of monitoring progress towards AR-EH / FtF development outcomes? What is the best approach to mainstreaming household gender considerations so that they inform the selection of technologies and practices for sustainable intensification? What is the best way of conducting gap analysis and problem identification for a household based programme of action research for SI?
  9. 9. Gap analysis/problem identification Different approaches to designing intervention strategies
  10. 10. Approach – socioeconomic characterization Participatory household characterisations. Basic socio-economic survey of quantitative indicators. SLATE AKT5 baselines for future M&E
  11. 11. Approach – biophysical envt characterization Identification of a suite of biophysical indicators for M&E Household-level sampling frame across the AR-EH sites. GIS-based approaches for strengthening these data. Baselines for future M&E
  12. 12. Approach – Household stratification Livelihoods asset for household typologies Participatory approaches to interpreting and strengthening asset- based strata. Needs assessment for more detailed, household survey based stratifications.
  13. 13. Approach – Gender analysis Study of gender differentiation Identification of potential entry points based on strengthening household management teams.
  14. 14. Approach – inventory of current technologies andtheir source Participatory study of current practices and technologies including mapping of uptake pathways
  15. 15. Approach – Participatory problem identification andgap analysis Livestock production and management practises including the feed resource base (FEAST / Techfit). Future visions, challenges and solutions. Trade-offs analysis. Criteria that might influence applicability, performance and adoption of technologies and management practices. Feed into ex ante impact assessments conducted under RC5.
  16. 16. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net

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