Sustainable intensification of sorghum-legume system to improve livelihood and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid areas of ECA
Duration: 01/Oct/2011 - 31/Oct/2013
Locations: Nairobi / Eastern and Southern Africa
Project contact: Mary Mgonja
Donor: Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)-Uganda
The project is focusing on a value chain approach and therefore uses all components from technology development. To begin with, a baseline survey is at various stages in each of the target countries. Consumer and market surveys are going hand-in-hand with the baseline survey. Germplasm acquisition and testing of sorghum is being carried out, and sorghum regional trials were distributed to target as well as to other ECA countries. Capacity building needs were identified for the different stakeholder groups and ICRISAT is providing backstopping as per request. Seed has been provided to countries based on requests for the testing of integrated production technologies. Seed delivery models that were tested in other projects are being verified and used to enhance adoption of improved varieties along with crop management technologies. A sorghum crop husbandry flyer was developed based on various requests to assist farmers in properly establishing and managing the sorghum crop.of a critical mass of farmer-leaders and project team members. Area coordinators and farmer facilitators will be trained at ICRISAT and on-site
The overall goal of the project is to improve rural livelihoods by developing a resilient rainfed agriculture sector for sustainable rural growth and inclusive development. The project has four major components: (1) soil health analysis; (2) enhancing productivity through best-bet management options on soil, crop and water; (3) capacity building; and (4) developing a model for scaling-up.