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Proceedings for the BBSRC workshop on sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa

Proceedings for the BBSRC workshop on sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa held on 13-15 March 2017

The BBSRC workshop, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), was held at the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, Nairobi, Kenya from 13 to 15 March 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to help inform potential future funding opportunities from the GCRF for collaborative research between UK and African scientists on sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in sub-Saharan Africa 

Seed Systems, Science and Policy in East and Central Africa

Seed Systems, Science and Policy in East and Central Africa

The importance of a reliable supply of high-quality seed to the growth and development of African agriculture cannot be overstated. This publication provides insights into the various seed systems; the

policy environment; the value chain actors including universities, enterprises, farmers and women’s groups as well as regulatory and other support agencies; and the challenges faced in improving seed

quality and availability in East and Central Africa. It is an output of the CTA/ASARECA ‘Seed Science and Policy Learning Writeshop,’ which was held in conjunction with the 2nd ASARECA General

Assembly and Scientific Conference in Burundi in December 2013.

 

 

Africa’s share of the global seed trade, currently standing at less than 2%, can be increased if concerted, collective action is taken by government, industry and knowledge institutes. However, several factors

limit investments in the seed sector. These include the differing systems; the inconsistent policies, standards, regulations and procedures; the high costs for registering new varieties; and the inadequate

infrastructure that underpin the seed industry. These barriers to increased intraregional and global trade need to be effectively addressed.

 

The specific objectives of the CTA/ASARECA policy writeshop were to:

• bring together key academics, researchers, experts, farmers and policy-makers to share research results, knowledge and experiences, derive policy lessons and plan interventions to strengthen

policies, programmes, and practices to promote seed entrepreneurship;

• enhance the contribution of universities as facilitators and catalysts in increasing food security through the provision of quality seeds and services; and

• enhance the capacity of and collaboration among seed-sector actors for promoting seed innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

 

These objectives were met and the result is this publication, in which the major contributors are actors directly involved in and committed to the integrated development of Africa’s seed sector.

CTA is pleased to have collaborated with ASARECA, universities, research organisations, farmers’ and non-governmental organisations and related policy and regulatory organs in harnessing this

knowledge. We are sure that it will serve as a basis for influencing future policy and practice to support the development of the seed industry in Africa.

AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS AND VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT APPROACH

AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS AND VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT APPROACH

The approaches to agricultural research for development (AR4D) have evolved over time on the basis of changing implementation paradigms; with the most recent being the Agricultural Innovations System (AIS) and Value Chain Development (VCD) approach. The 2 approaches hinge on interactions among the different R&D actors, which enhance innovation, technology adoption and better markets. A major challenge confronting the AR4D community is the understanding of the two concepts and how to integrate them in the design, implementation and evaluation of AR4D. 

ASARECA aims to enhance regional collective action in agricultural research for development, extension, training and education to promote economic growth, fight poverty, eradicate hunger and enhance sustainable use of resources in the ECA. As ASARECA embarks on implementation of its second operation plan (2014- 2018), there are increasing demands for ASARECA and its NARs partners to adopt systems and practices of agricultural research that are responsive to farmers needs and sustainably impact on the lives of the poor.  The ILRI BecA Hub is an initiative developed within the frameworks of centers of excellence for science and technology in Africa and aims to provide a common biosciences research platform, research related services and capacity building opportunities for the region.

Recognizing the synergy in their functions, the BecA-ILRI Hub and ASARECA have agreed on collaborative mechanisms for capacity building for the ASARECA less competitive NARS. The focus will be on selected areas such as AIS and Value Chain Development (VCD), proposal writing for resource mobilization, leadership and management and institutional mentoring.

This report is on the 2ndAIS and VCD workshops conducted from 15th – 19thSept 2014 at ILRI Campus Nairobi Kenya. The workshop drew participation from a total of 23 participants. The participants comprised of 13senior research scientists representing5ASARECA countries namely Burundi (3); DRC (3); Madagascar (3); Rwanda (1); S. Sudan (3) and10ABCF fellows from various Asareca countries

Integrated sorghum and millet sector for increased economic growth and improved livelihoods in Eastern and Central Africa

Integrated sorghum and millet sector for increased economic growth and improved livelihoods in Eastern and Central Africa

Proceedings of Stakeholders Conference, November 2006
The conference whose theme was “Integrated sorghum and millet sector for improved economic growth and livelihoods in the Eastern and Central Africa (ECA)” brought together various actors within the region including: farmers (sorghum and millet producers, researchers (who develop technology), inputs and services providers, merchants and marketers, processors, exporters, policy makers and consumers. The conference was used to review and share research results and experiences on sorghum and millets in the ECA region and make recommendations necessary for commercialization.
The domains emphasized included: (a) increased production and productivity; (b) increased processing and utilization; (c) effective marketing; and (d) implementation of supportive policies. In each of these domains, a keynote paper with broad perspectives of sorghum and millets in ECA was presented followed by specific papers on experiences from a diverse mix of actors. Participants discussed the papers in each domain and made recommendations which can be pursued to further enhance the sorghum and millets sector, and make it more effective in contributing to the region’s economic growth.

1st ASARECA General Assembly Vol 1: PROCEEDINGS

1st ASARECA General Assembly Vol 1: PROCEEDINGS

From December 14 to 16, 2011 ASARECA held its First General Assembly in Entebbe, Uganda, under the theme: Feeding our Region in the 21st Century. The Assembly follows the approval of ASARECA’s new Constitution in 2010, providing for the establishment of Patron Ministers and a General Assembly. These were established to offer strategic guidance to ASARECA in order to promote economic growth, fight poverty, eradicate hunger and enhance sustainable use of resources in Eastern and Central Africa. 
This first Volume presents the proceedings of the First General Assembly which was a big success because of the collective efforts of all the ASARECA stakeholders.

1st ASARECA General Assembly Vol 2: SELECTED SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL PAPERS

1st ASARECA General Assembly Vol 2: SELECTED SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL PAPERS

Theme: Feeding our region in the 21st century

This second volume of proceedings presents a selection of scientific and technical papers that were presented at the First General Assembly. It is our wish that this information can contribute to further agricultural innovation and development in the ECA. 

Report -BecA ASARECA training workshop on AIS & VCD March 2014

Report -BecA ASARECA training workshop on AIS & VCD March 2014

The approaches to agricultural research for development (AR4D) have evolved over time on the basis of changing implementation paradigms; with the most recent being the Agricultural Innovations System (AIS) and Value Chain Development (VCD) approach. The 2 approaches hinge on interactions among the different R&D actors, which enhance innovation, technology adoption and better markets .A major challenge confronting the AR4D community is the understanding of the two concepts and how to integrate them in the design, implementation and evaluation of AR4D. 

ASARECA aims to enhance regional collective action in agricultural research for development, extension, training and education to promote economic growth, fight poverty, eradicate hunger and enhance sustainable use of resources in the ECA. As ASARECA embarks on implementation of its second operation plan (2014- 2018), there are increasing demands for ASARECA and its NARs partners to adopt systems and practices of agricultural research that are responsive to farmers needs and sustainably impact on the lives of the poor.  The ILRI BecA Hub is an initiative developed within the frameworks of centers of excellence for science and technology in Africa and aims to provide a common biosciences research platform, research related services and capacity building opportunities for the region.

Recognizing the synergy in their functions, the BecA-ILRI Hub and ASARECA have agreed on collaborative mechanisms for capacity building for the ASARECA less competitive NARS. The focus will be on selected areas such as AIS and Value Chain Development (VCD), proposal writing for resource mobilization, leadership and management and institutional mentoring. 

This report is on the first AIS and VCD workshops conducted from 24th – 28th March 2014 at Jacaranda hotel in Nairobi Kenya. The workshop drew participation from a total of 22 participants. The participants comprised of 19 senior research scientists/project managers representing 6 ASARECA countries namely Burundi (6), DRC (3), Madagascar (3), Rwanda (4), S. Sudan (3) and TZ (1) including 2 BeCA fellows and 1 independent participant.

CCARDESA Contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

CCARDESA Contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

CCARDESA Contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

CORAF contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

CORAF contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

CORAF contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa (Download Presentation)

FARA contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

FARA contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa

FARA contribution to Agriculture Transformation in Africa (Download Presentation)

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