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Making Agrifood Systems Work for the Rural Poor in Eastern and Southern Africa

In a context of rising food prices, millions of Africans in marginal areas rely on a range of indigenous or underutilized crops for food, nutrition and income security. This diversifies the farming system, spreads the risk and helps farmers adapt to climate change. These farmers are the hardest to reach, however, and the least likely to benefit from agricultural research and development efforts. This project will broaden the options for resource-poor farmers to diversify into a set of underutilized crops that tend to be locally important but receive little or no attention from government. Drawing on an agrifood system conceptual framework, researchers will experiment with innovative approaches for adapting and scaling up productivity-enhancing technologies, supported by appropriate market and policy innovations. The project will be implemented on selected sites in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. It is expected to generate locally relevant results and regional syntheses that can be used to influence food security policy and related initiatives in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Project ID
105790
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
crmadm CRM
Total Funding
CA$ 1,495,100.00
Location
South of Sahara
Programs
Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture and Food Security
Institution Country
malawi
Project Leader
Daimon Kambewa
Institution
University of Malawi
Institution Country
Uganda
Project Leader
Godber Tumushabe
Institution
Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment
Institution Country
Uganda
Project Leader
Hezron Mogaka
Institution
Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa
Institution Country
Kenya
Project Leader
Immaculate Maina
Institution
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization
Institution Country
Uganda
Project Leader
Konstantine Odongkara
Institution
National Agricultural Research Organization
Institution Country
Kenya
Project Leader
Mary Mathenge
Institution
Egerton University

Outputs

Brief

Expanding business opportunities for African youth in agricultural value chains in Southern Africa

Brief

Communicating science for impact : radio for reaching farmers with research results