Objective: To assess the consumer demand for quality and safety of dairy products in the ECA region.
Consumer perceptions and valuation of quality and safety of value added dairy products in ECA
Water harvesting and irrigation for improved crop and livestock production
Smallholders crop-livestock farming in Eastern and Central Africa is characterized by low productivity due to low and erratic rainfall.Water development for agricultre is a priority, but poorly designed and planned irrigation undermines efforts to improve livelihoods and exposes people and environment to risks. The objective of the study was to introduce and evaluate socially desirable gender-appropriate water harvesting and irrigation strategies to reduce poverty through effective development and management of water harvesting and irrigation in ECA region.
Integrated management options for sustainable lowland rice-legume cropping systems in Madagascar and Tanzania
This project explored possibilities of increasing productivity of rice systems in the region through various management options focusing on integration with legumes.
Drylands development, pastoralism and biodiversity conservation in Eastern Africa
Measuring multiple values of dryland systems provides a means for valuing, comparing and making policy decision based on various benefits of ecosystem services, and can be a powerful tool to support wise use and management of dryland environment.
Enhancing biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction through sustainable management of plant genetic resources
Mission: To harness, conserve, and to promote greater use of plant genetic resources for food security, improved health, and socio-economic development of the rural communities of present and future generations.
Promoting climbing bean production techniques through farmer participation
Objective: The Intensification of Climbing Bean Systems Project was initiated by the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) in collaboration with the National Agricultural Institutes of Rwanda, Burundi and the DR Congo to validate the existing climbing bean production systems and identify the most beneficial for improving livelihoods, increasing food and nutrition security and protect the environment for future generations.
Improving Agricultural Water Productivity in Eastern and Central Africa
Overall Objective Increase income and improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers living in water stressed environments through integrated water resources management at plot and catchment scales by strengthening forward and backward linkages between soil, water and crop resource use and commodity value chain.
Market-focused Approach to Natural Resource Management: Experiences and Lessons from East Africa
Declining agricultural and natural resource productivity in sub Saharan Africa call for concerted efforts in view of an increasing population, rising poverty levels, low technological innovations and adoption amidst inadequate institutional arrangements and structures for supporting sustainable natural resources management (NRM). This project aimed at promoting increased adoption of NRM technologies by establishing effective farmer-market value chains for honey (Tanzania), grain amaranth (Kenya) and ground nuts and banana (Uganda); and strengthening NRM governance institutions in selected areas of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The RABESA Project 2004-2011: Achievements and Future Prospects
This policy brief highlights the progress made in implementing the project “Regional Approach to Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa” (RABESA). It describes briefly the achievements realized towards the harmonization of biosafety policies in the Member States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) from the start of the project in 2004 to 2011
Consumer perceptions and valuation of quality and safety of value added beef products in ECA
Objective: To assess the consumer demand for quality and safety of beef products in the ECA region.