ASARECA Regional Programmes
Staple Crops Programme
Staple crops are a crucial source of food, feed, raw materials, improved nutrition and employment and are a major source of income. The Staple Crops Programme focuses on banana, cassava, maize, millet, potato, rice, sorghum, sweetpotato and wheat, which are priority staples in the region.
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High Value Non Staple Crops Programme
ASARECA strategic plan identified horticultural crops, pulses and oilseeds as other important commodities whose improved production would have a significant impact on livelihoods and food security. This programme includes the former ASARECA networks on beans and coffee: some of these commodities may be staples in some countries, but their regional status does place them in this programme. The Programme will collaborate with and build on the achievements of ECABREN and CORNET through their hosts, CIAT and CABI, respectively. It will also develop a strategy for moving into the new high growth commodities such as horticulture and oilseeds.
Livestock and Fisheries Programme
Overall, the programme has 11 projects that have been implemented from 2009 till now and achievements have been realized in livestock feeding, health, breeding, products marketing and crop-Livestock integration.
Agrobiodiversity and Biotechnology Programme
Natural Resources Management and Biodiversity Programme
The Eastern and Central Africa Sub-Region is endowed with rich natural capital - huge water resources, fertile soils, rich biodiversity, and forest ecosystems. Such rich systems are expected to support the agricultural system and enhance its competiveness. However, the Sub-region’s agricultural system is less competitive as compared to the rest of the other continents. The region has experienced declining agricultural productivity over the last 20 years, serious soil fertility decline, high rate of watershed destruction, reduced water balance within specific ecological zones and has hence become vulnerable to shocks associated with varying and changing climatic conditions. The greatest challenge faced by the sub-region is on how to respond adequately to these challenges that have resulted into food insecurity.
Policy Analysis and Advocacy
The Policy Analysis and Advocacy Programme of ASARECA facilitates the provision of an appropriate regulatory and incentive structure for enhanced agricultural performance.
Knowledge Management and Upscaling Programme
Since it started operations in 2009, the programme has been promoting proven technologies and innovations to improve livelihoods of diverse communities in Eastern and Central Africa.
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