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January 2018

Irrigation revolution: Delivering high yields under harsh climatic conditions in Tanzania

A heavy-laden Fuso truck snakes its way up a village path at half past four O’clock.  From the sound coming out of its engine, it is evident the truck is overwhelmed by the weight its carrying—fresh green maize harvested only a few hours ago. The driver’s mission is to get back to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital city. It is the 17th day of October 2017, perhaps one of the most hostile months of the year. Read more about Irrigation revolution: Delivering high yields under harsh climatic conditions in Tanzania

Tanzanian farmers testify benefits from virtual irrigation project

Launched in 2015 in Tanzania to deliver transformative impact in terms of increased productivity, profitability and economic returns from investments, the Virtual Irrigation Academy project (VIA) is set to deliver as promised. Having noticed a positive trend from initial investments, farmers are motivated to make critical investment decisions, which they wouldn't’t have done when they had limited information. Read more about Tanzanian farmers testify benefits from virtual irrigation project

Malawi farmers testify benefits from Virtual Irrigation Academy

Two years after the launch of the Virtual Irrigation Academy Project in Malawi, farmers are reporting exciting trends. In all the schemes, farmers note that the number of irrigation intervals have reduced from five times a month to once or twice a month, signifying a 50% water saving. This implies that water has been saved and made available to increase area under irrigation. The benefits are multiple as farmers tell in testimonies below: Read more about Malawi farmers testify benefits from Virtual Irrigation Academy

Simple tools, huge impact: How the Virtual Irrigation Academy is changing livelihoods in Malawi

 “My family is healthy and happy because we have adequate food to eat,” says Joseph Mkaka from Mlongola village in Chikwawa district in Malawi. “During the last season, I registered a good harvest of beans, which earned me MK 144,000(about US$ 195).Yields from my garden (0.12 ha) increased from 75 kg to 360 kg,” says Mkaka. In real terms, income from the harvest improved by MK114,000 (US$155) from MK 30,000 (US$ 40.8) in the previous year. Besides, securing food for the family, Mkaka also added two goats to his stock after the sales. Read more about Simple tools, huge impact: How the Virtual Irrigation Academy is changing livelihoods in Malawi

Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear

ASARECA convened a regional consultative workshop to discuss and identify modalities for consortium engagement and value addition to the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation (ECAATP) from January 15-16, 2018, in Entebbe Uganda. Read more about Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear

ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework

ASARECA convened a three-day regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop of all Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Project (ECAATP) member countries to harmonize the Results Framework and Theory of Change for the project. The workshop, which targeted mainly the M&E focal persons and national coordinators, comprehensively reviewed ECAATP indicators, set indicator targets, harmonized tools for baseline studies and developed a comprehensive Project Monitoring Plan (PMP). Read more about ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework