Development actors, including the African Union, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and bilateral donors, promote a technology-driven sustainable intensification of agriculture as a way to feed a growing world population and reduce rural poverty. A broader view of smallholder agriculture in the context of rural livelihoods suggests that technological solutions alone are […]
The Sahel IPM project aims to develop agroecological technologies for reducing insect pest losses and increasing the yields of three rainfed crops (pearl millet, sorghum, and cowpea) in the project target Sahelian agricultural zones. This project, active since 2018, builds on the GIMEM project (2006-2019)
Assessing how livelihoods in rural sub-Saharan Africa might change given future trends in socio-economic and biophysical conditions helps to identify and direct effective efforts towards poverty reduction. Based on existing literature, hypothetical changes in farmer practices and policy interventions were described and used to build five contrasting scenarios towards the year 2027.
The McKnight Foundation commissioned a series of case studies to assess the approach of its Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) as evidenced by the accomplishments and contributions of selected CCRP‐funded projects. The case study presented here focused on three CCRP‐funded projects targeting the breeding, production, and utilization of orange‐fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) in Uganda, Kenya, […]
Source: NJA CHRISTINCK, MARTHE DIARRA DOKA, GRACE KAGORO RUGUNDA, GRÉGOIRE PALÉ, AND CORY WILLIAM WHITNEY
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The large diversity of farms and farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa calls for agricultural improvement options that are adapted to the context in which smallholder farmers operate. The socio-ecological niche concept incorporates the agro-ecological, socio-cultural, economic and institutional dimensions and the multiple levels of this context in order to identify which options fit best. In […]
The World Bank argued that West Africa’s Guinea Savannah zone forms part of “Africa’s Sleeping Giant,” where increases in agricultural production could be an engine of economic growth, through expansion of cultivated land in sparsely populated areas. The district of Bougouni, in southern Mali, falls within this zone. We used multiple data sources including a […]
Options that contribute to sustainable intensification offer an avenue to improve crop yields and farmers’ livelihoods. However, insufficient knowledge on the performance of various options in the context of smallholder farm systems impedes local adaptation and adoption. Therefore, together with farmers in southern Mali we tested a range of options for sustainable intensification including intensification […]
Institutional support for smallholders has been the motor for the expanding cotton production sector in southern Mali since the 1970s. Smallholder farms exhibit diverse resource endowments and little is known on how they benefit from and cope with changes in this institutional support. In this paper we explore farm trajectories during two decades (1994 to […]
The case highlights the complexity of issues and actors across the whole of a “seed system.” Throughout the seed value chain, a multitude of opportunities exist for thoughtful funding in research and development to improve the performance of the overall system.
Source: Anja Christinck, Marthe Diarra, and Gottfried Horneber