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April 2016

Communication Strategy for sharing EAAPP innovations

Effective communication was critical to the attainment the objectives of the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (EAAPP). For the commodity-based Centres of Excellence, to benefit the region, knowledge and information must be communicated and shared across national boundaries. This was basis on with the East African Agricultural Productivity Strategy and Implementation Plan was developed. The Communication Strategy contributes directly to the EAAPP purpose of enhancing regional communication and information sharing by EAAPP and the regional centres of excellence. Read more about Communication Strategy for sharing EAAPP innovations

Ray of hope looms over Rwanda, Burundi wheat farms

A ray of hope is looming over farms of wheat growers in Rwanda and Burundi nearly two years since the launch of a project intended to secure wheat-based livelihoods. The project initiated by ASARECA and the CGIAR research program on Wheat (WHEAT), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has since promoted smallholder wheat value chains. Dr. Brian Isabirye of ASARECA, the in charge of the project, says it was designed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder wheat production systems. Read more about Ray of hope looms over Rwanda, Burundi wheat farms

Responding to climate change: Community-based aquaculture development in Burundi

Come end of April 2016,118 members of the Rural Collaborative Network for Development (RECORD), a farmers’ association in Burundi, will earn 44,800,000 Burundi Francs (about US$ 22,400) from fish farming based on climate smart agriculture principles. Broken down, they will earn 17,500,000 Burundi francs (about U$8,750) from the sale of tilapia; and 27,300,000 (about US$13,650) Burundi francs from selling catfish. This is mainly as result of ASARECA-supported project on going beyond climate smart agriculture. Read more about Responding to climate change: Community-based aquaculture development in Burundi

Climate smart weather-based advisories to touch millions of smallholder farmers

Over 1 million residents of Machakos County in Kenya are set to benefit from climate smart weather advisories following efforts to out scale this service which is extremely essential to the performance of the agricultural sector, particularly in drier parts of Eastern and Central Africa.

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