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Africa RISING West Africa: Year 1 overview


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Presented by Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon (IITA) at the Africa RISING West Africa Review and Planning Meeting Tamale, Ghana, 23-25 October 2012

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Africa RISING West Africa: Year 1 overview

  1. 1. Africa RISING WestAfrica: Year 1 overview Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon (IITA) Africa RISING West Africa Review and Planning Meeting Tamale, Ghana, 23-25 October 2012
  2. 2. The Start Oct. 2011: Brain storming meeting; agreement on countries and regions: UER, UWR, NR [Ghana], Sikasso [Mali]; agreement on key farming systems Nov./Dec. 2011: Development of Concept Note 3 farming systems: sorghum-, maize-, rice-based Jan. 2012: Inception workshop Tamale: +/- agreement on objectives, outcomes, outputs; confirmation of regions and farming systems; need for a thorough research framework; fast track workplan building on existing work to produce results by September 2012
  3. 3. Next steps Feb. 2012: First disbursement of funds to AfricaRice and ICRISAT; recruitment of systems agronomist; in ESA decision on program approach March: Stakeholder workshop for site selection in Ghana 4 districts/region, 5 communities/district April 2012: set up of Project office in Tamale; recruitment of admin staff;
  4. 4.  May: Community analysis in Ghana; Community Action Plan District stratification and characterization (rainfall, elevation, population, market access) by IFPRI June 2012: development and summission of joint workplan; sub-agreements with partners; disbursement of funds Continuously: Strategic Program documents developed
  5. 5. Sub-AgreementsInstitution AmountILRI $195,000UDS $25,000WIUC $32,000SARI $80,000KNUST $16,000IWMI $100,000AVRDC $200,688ICRISAT $754,490AfricaRice $299,822
  6. 6. Research framework Generic to be applicable across all three Africa RISING regions flexible to allow site specific adaptation Program Research Framework Task Force initiated by Jerry Glover, USAID, and coordinated CIMMYT Workshop in July in Ibadan, Nigeria, to advance draft Completed, presented later
  7. 7. M&E Plan Led by IFPRI Workshop in Addis Ababa in September Requires finalization of site selection process and research plan Status presented later
  8. 8. Program Management Structure
  9. 9. WA Steering Committee ToR Provides advice and oversight on Project activities  Provides science guidance to Project implementers to ensure conformity with Program Research Framework and Program Objectives  Guides Project planning and activities  Approves annual Project workplan and budget  Oversees coordination between project components and partners  Liaises with MET to oversee M&E; cc PCT on all reporting  Keeps PCT informed of activities via the Project Coordinator Reviews and makes suggestions to Project Coordinator on semiannual technical progress reports to USAID Plans yearly stakeholder meetings with support from Program Communications Team. Decisions made by consensus. Meets annually in personal and virtually as called by the Chair.
  10. 10. Membership Chair: IITA (R. Asiedu, Regional Director West Africa) Project Coordinator, serves as Secretary (I. Hoeschle- Zeledon) Project Chief Scientist (A. Larbi, IITA) Project M&E Lead (IFPRI) Project Communications Lead (K. Lopez, IITA) Research partners: CGIAR (1 rotational [ICRISAT]), CORAF (E. Asiedu), CSIR (A. Salifu), AGRA (K. Makinde) USAID Activity Manager (J. Glover)
  11. 11. Other strategic documents Communication Strategy and Tools wiki page, website , image and document repository Program Logframe Program Document: assembly of all strategic documents  program context  purpose, objectives, outcomes  guiding principles and conceptual framework  research design  logframe  M&E plan  communication strategy  management structure
  12. 12. 17 August: Visit US Congressional Staff to inspect bilateral and multilateral food security programs in northern Ghana met by SARI Director and Africa RISING chief scientist visit of demonstration trails of drought and Striga tolerant maize; rice seed multiplication and varietal trials interactions with farmers
  13. 13. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation