CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE:
TRIANGULAR COOPERATION
IN EAST AFRICA
Mr. Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary of African Conservat...
OUTLINE
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Background and Objectives
Why Conservation Agriculture in Africa
Introduction of CA technologies to EA
Li...
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
 3 year project, German funded-project
(USD 2.5 million)
 10 project sites in Kenya and Tanzan...
WHY CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE
IN AFRICA?
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The number of undernourished people in SSA
Africa swelled from 170...
INTRODUCTION OF CA TECHNOLOGIES
 Farmer Field Schools (FFS)
 Innovator farmers
 Other interventions
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Participator...
LINKAGE TO BRAZILIAN PRIVATE SECTOR
SUPPLIERS
BRAZIL

EAST AFRICA

 Innovators of small equipment
and machinery developed...
MAIN OUTPUTS
 227 Farmer Field Schools established and
practicing CA
 7,000 farmers directly involved with 35,000
benefi...
MAIN OUTCOMES
• Demand for ox-drawn rippers, sub-soilers and
shallow weeders, in East Africa satisfied by
local artisan pr...
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
• ACT acknowledges the financial support
of the German Trust Fund - Government
of the Federal Republic of...
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GSSD13 Solution Forum 3 ( FAO )

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Global South-South Expo

A presentation from solution forum 3 organized by FAO.

As the world searches for solutions to global development challenges, especially aimed at achieving sustainable development, food security and poverty eradication, the promotion of the “Green Economy,” has become increasingly important. A Green Economy requires effective mechanisms that will safeguard ecological systems, reduce the impact on the use of natural resources, and stabilize the economy and secure people’s livelihoods. This is why the session forum facilitated by FAO will showcase a variety of initiatives based on agro-ecological approaches to agriculture, forestry and fisheries management that address several facets of the needs of society. South-South and triangular cooperation have the potential to trigger, accelerate and facilitate the process of technology development, transfer, and the capacity-building necessary for their expansion and up-scaling.

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GSSD13 Solution Forum 3 ( FAO )

  1. 1. CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE: TRIANGULAR COOPERATION IN EAST AFRICA Mr. Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary of African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT)
  2. 2. OUTLINE     Background and Objectives Why Conservation Agriculture in Africa Introduction of CA technologies to EA Linkage to Brazilian private sector suppliers  Main outputs  Main outcomes
  3. 3. BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES  3 year project, German funded-project (USD 2.5 million)  10 project sites in Kenya and Tanzania  Objectives:  Expanded adoption of profitable conservation agriculture (CA) practices  Enhanced supply/availability of CA tools and equipment to farmers  Stregthen knowledge sharing and foster government support for up-scaling CA in East Africa
  4. 4. WHY CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA?        The number of undernourished people in SSA Africa swelled from 170 million in 1991 to 236 million in 2007 (FAO STAT). To improve crop yields – if we are to cope with the rising population growth Adaptation (& mitigation) to climate change To reduce production costs albeit the rising inputs (seeds, fertilisers, water, etc) prices To overcome shortages of labour & farm power Smallholder farmers and Africa are net importers of food The need to stop environmental degradation arising from poor farming and tillage practices
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION OF CA TECHNOLOGIES  Farmer Field Schools (FFS)  Innovator farmers  Other interventions    Participatory M&E Farmer exchange visits/field days Support to local manufacturers for the testing and development of CA equipment
  6. 6. LINKAGE TO BRAZILIAN PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPLIERS BRAZIL EAST AFRICA  Innovators of small equipment and machinery developed for CA  Conservation Agriculture:  Reduces soil erosion and runoff  Improves productivity, labour and energy efficiency  Increases incomes  In need of CA equipment  Need to transform farming to feed burgeoning populations, and resilience to climate change  No expertise and capacity to design and manufacture CA equipment
  7. 7. MAIN OUTPUTS  227 Farmer Field Schools established and practicing CA  7,000 farmers directly involved with 35,000 beneficiaries  80 private animal-drawn and tractor hire service providers trained on CA  16 East African equipment manufacturers, dealers, researchers and officials went on study and business tour to Brazil in 2008  Six technicians went for a longer term, one month, on-the-job training to Brazil in 2010
  8. 8. MAIN OUTCOMES • Demand for ox-drawn rippers, sub-soilers and shallow weeders, in East Africa satisfied by local artisan production • Eight local manufactures/artisans empowered by the project produced 8000 units of a range of CA implements by 2011 • Equipment supply chains continue to be strengthened through ACT establishment as a Pan-African Network • Farmers in Tanzania and Kenya continue to practice CA, mobilizing greater productivity benefits, and support from the Government
  9. 9. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS • ACT acknowledges the financial support of the German Trust Fund - Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for introducing Conservation Agriculture to East Africa • National Governments of Kenya and Tanzania for hosting and in-kind support to the CA SARD project.

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