EAAPP impacts create overwhelming impression
An ambitious regional programme, the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP), which ASARECA has been coordinating for the last five years, has posted impressive impacts, prompting a call for immediate roll-out of a second phase.
A recently released and published report titled: “End of Phase I Evaluation of the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme ”, shows that beneficiaries are already seeing positive impacts in terms of production, yields, incomes, food security and economic status. Average yields for beneficiaries in 2014 were 15 tonnes per hectare for cassava, 7 for wheat and 9 for rice. These exceed regional productivity figures for rice and wheat. Net incomes of households also increased over the project period.
The report also indicates an increase in adoption of new varieties, breeds, and other selected management practices by farmers from 35 percent to 53 percent (2010-2014) in project areas. It notes that land planted with improved cultivars increased form 2,755 ha in 2010, to 12,807 ha in 2014. This is attributed to the substantial increase in production of planting material and farmer awareness in EAAPP project areas.
EAAPP) was conceived by the Governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, in partnership with the World Bank to enhance regional specialisation in agricultural research; enhance collaboration in agriculture training, and technology dissemination; and facilitate increased transfer of agricultural technology, information and knowledge across national boundaries. It is a ten-year programme with two phases. Phase I, approved in 2009, focused on capacity building with the establishment of the Regional Centres of Excellence (RCoEs). Uganda is the center of excellence for cassava, Kenya for dairy, Tanzania for rice and Ethiopia for wheat.
ASARECA played the strategic role of ensuring that the researchers from the four countries work collaboratively and that benefits of EAAPP are shared as regional public goods. No wonder, average level of regional specialization and collaboration across the four countries rose to 63 percent, an increase of 53 percentage points above the baseline.
The report, published by ASARECA, was done by independent consultants, the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich in conjunction with Africa Innovations Institute. Full report