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.
Communication Strategy for sharing EAAPP innovations
End of Phase 1 EAAPP (East Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme) report
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.
Gender Mainstreaming to Support Agricultural Development for Improved Livelihoods Best Practices in Eastern and Southern Africa
In December 2012, the programme on “Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa” (SIMLESA) commissioned a study to compile case studies of good practices in gender mainstreaming
in the areas covered by the programme. This study was a result of an action point agreed on by participants at a Gender Mainstreaming Training Workshop held in July 2011 in Morogoro, Tanzania. The compilation of the case studies of good practices was intended to
take stock and showcase the efforts of gender mainstreaming in the SIMLESA programme that had started three years earlier.
The assignment had three major tasks: (1) to review the case studies collected by the SIMLESA programme staff to determine the potential for generation of gender responsive case studies; (2) to conduct field visits to the five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi,
Mozambique, Tanzania) and collect additional gender data/information on the case studies, to ensure that the case studies are comprehensive in demonstrating the gender concerns/issues from various countries; and (3) to compile at least five case studies for each country, highlighting the change resulting from (or impact of) the gender mainstreaming efforts of the SIMLESA programme.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Use Science and Technology to Boost Agricultural Productivity
- Across Sub-Saharan Africa, the agriculture sector is under-performing
- Four east African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – are collaborating to marshal the power of science and tackle common problems facing farmers
- A new video documents the East Africa Agricultural Productivity Program and its sub-regional approach to boosting the quantity and quality of food produced by farmers
Status of human resource capacity for agricultural innovation in ASARECA national agricultural research systems
The study targeted 6 countries in the ASARECA region: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Madagascar, Rwanda and south Sudan. Within those countries the target organisations were national agricultural research institutes, agricultural universities (public and private) and private research companies/ institutes where they exist. The study assesses the human and institutional capacity on the ground, looks at the overall environment, including infrastructure that supports research, and makes several conclusions and recommendations.
Situation analysis of the current status of tissue culture application in the Eastern and Central Africa region
Plant tissue culture which involves culture of explants on nutrient media under sterile conditions is one of the proven biotechnology applications that has hugely impacted on crop improvement. Notable of these applications have been: micro propagation, germplasm preservation, generation pathogen-free plants, embryo rescue, haploid production and genetic engineering. It suffices to note that the afore mentioned applications in tissue culture are commonplace in other parts of the world, where agricultural production is critical. Basing on the positive contribution of tissue culture in other parts of the world it’s adoption and/or application can be useful in the ECA region, where crop production is below optimal owing to severe biotic constraints.
This situation analysis report documents the existing tissue culture capacity in terms of human resources and physical infrastructure. This situation analysis covered six of the 10 ASARECA member countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia. To my knowledge, this is first comprehensive situation analysis report on the current state of tissue culture in the ECA region. Through this analysis, a number of challenges and opportunities were identified. This compilation presents valuable information that will help scientists, donors and policy makers make informed-decisions on issues related to tissue culture application within the ECA region. Besides, this information also helps define and develop intervention programmes and their management. This compilation could also benefit students and lectures in identifying appropriate research and/or institutions for undertaking collaborative training on tissue culture.
TANZANIA SEED SECTOR ASSESSMENT
Participatory National Seed Sector Assessment For The Development Of An Integrated Seed Sector
Development (Issd) Programme In Tanzania Synthesis ReportFINAL DRAFT April 25 2014
Commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Facilitating scaling out and spillovers of agricultural technologies and knowledge: Study to inform SIMLESA Volume 2: Annexes
The SIMLESA strategy emphasises leveraging science and technology by using existing scientific evidence to enhance evaluation, adaptation and delivery of profitable options to smallholders. However, for SIMLESA to achieve its overall objective of spreading the impacts of its outputs widely within the five participating countries and beyond, integration of mechanisms that facilitate effective knowledge and technology transfers or ’spillovers’ is critical.
Facilitating scaling out and spillovers of agricultural technologies and knowledge: Study to inform SIMLESA Volume 1: Main report
The Sustainable Intensification of Maize–Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) programme aims to increase farm-level food security and productivity through developing more resilient, profitable and sustainable farming systems.
It is a multi-stakeholder collaborative programme covering five countries—Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The programme focuses on validation and delivery of technological and institutional innovations that can significantly change the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA).
Increasing Food Prices and Implications on the Ugandan Economy
Trends in Food Prices
Since the global food price crisis of 2007/08, the price of major food commodities in Uganda has continued to rise.The price of maize grain, for example increased by 90% - from UGX 400 in 2007 to about UGX 750 per kg in 2008 (Figure 1). In 2010 the price of maize grain reduced to UGX 390 but later hiked by 250% to UGX 1,400 in mid-2011. Since then the price has remained above UGX 1,000 per kg. In case of beans, the retail price reached UGX 1,300 per Kg in 2008, and hit the record high of about UGX 2,500 in the second quarter of 2011 and has remained above UGX 2,000 per kg. (Click to download the file below to read the full article).