Duration: 27/Mar/2007 - 27/Sep/2010
Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa
Donor: International NGO,International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-Canada
This project brings together experiences from national and international research and extension institutions that are working in the drier regions of Zimbabwe and Zambia to build upon their existing skills, networks and field activities so as to strengthen regional capacities in linking simulation models, participatory on-farm research and climatic forecasting. This will increase the competencies of smallholder farmers in coping with current climatic variability and adapting to potential climatic change, and thus improve household food security, incomes and reduce environmental degradation through the further extension of production systems. The project seeks to improve incentives and opportunities for households to cope with and adapt to the increasing vagaries of climate by investing in improved crop production practices (inorganic fertilizers, CA, alternative crops such as forages for livestock) of more practical value to diverse groups of small-scale farmers.