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

Active

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

crmadm CRM

Total funding

CA$ 1,495,100

Countries

South of Sahara

Program

Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Hezron Mogaka

Institution

Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.asareca.org

Project Leader

Konstantine Odongkara

Institution

National Agricultural Research Organization

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.cgiar.org/hosted/naro/naro.htm

Project Leader

Immaculate Maina

Institution

Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization

Institution Country

Kenya

Institution Website

http://www.kari.org

Project Leader

Daimon Kambewa

Institution

University of Malawi

Project Leader

Godber Tumushabe

Institution

Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.acode-u.org

Project Leader

Mary Mathenge

Institution

Egerton University

Institution Country

Kenya

Institution Website

http://www.egerton.ac.ke