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Community Action Research Programme Plus (CARP+)

Enhancing Access to High Quality Seed Potato for Improved Productivity and Income of Smallholder Farmers in Nakuru County (HQSPIPI)

Project Summary
The project seeks to transform the potato value chain within Nakuru County into a vibrant commercialized sub-sector for improved  income  and  livelihoods  of  smallholder  farmers.  It  seek  to  strengthen  approximately  6000  smallholder  farmers  in  Nakuru County, Kenya, through the facilitaton of potato value chain (PVC) platforms, as well as build research and skills capacity for students and support incubation of (2) business ideas along the PVC. This is in line with the global blueprint on Sustainable Development Goals that aim at zero poverty and no hunger. This project brings in Baraka Agricultural College as a partner who has experiental learning in all her undertakings, through their outreach programs to farmers.  The proposed work aims at improving incomes of smallholder farmers and potato value chain actors in Nakuru County through inclusive action research by Egerton, Baraka, agribusinesses, regulator, and the Ministry of Agriculture. It will pursue a collaborative action  research approach that will encourage active partcipation of undergraduate and graduate students who will be attached at Egerton, Baraka, Agricultural Development Corporaton Molo, National Potato Council of Kenya, AgriProfocus, Nakuru Smallholder Farmers Association and the Min of agriculture..  Read More 

 

Enhancing Pig Production and Marketing for Smallholder Farmers’ Livelihood Improvement in Northern Uganda (EPMSNU)

Project Summary
Pig production is suited to smallholder production because pig rearing in comparison to other livestock have unique characteristics such as faster growth rates; ability to be kept on a small piece of land; high rate of multiplication; ability to be fed on many different crop and animal products and by-products; and the fact that pig products have ready markets. Despite the enormous advantages and opportunities that pig rearing can offer to smallholder farmers in Uganda, production and productivity are constrained by many factors.  Read More 

 

 

Cassava Value Chain Upgrading for secure food, nutrition,income and resilience of smallholder farmers in the ASALs of Nakuru County (CVCU)

Project Summary
Cassava is a drought tolerant food security crop in Kenya, mainly grown for subsistence and limited commerce in western, eastern and coastal regions. Its demand is increasing in non-traditional growing regions like Nakuru County where a cassava agribusiness development initiative has been implemented by the governmentRead More  

 

 

Scaling up African baobab food products valuation through enhancement of their safety and value chains for food and nutritional security in Benin

Project Summary
The African Baobab is a strategic indigenous tree species of sub-Sahara Africa. Its pulp is highly nutraceutical and is used as food ingredient and dietary supplement in Africa, EU and America. Locally, the pulp is used for several products. Leaves are also highly nutritious and nutraceutical with increasing demand too. As a result, pulp and leaves are overharvested in the wild, jeopardizing the species natural stands. Domestication of baobab has become urgent and several researches have been carried out to speed this process, though several aspects are still uncovered. With the growing local/global market around baobab products it becomes imperative to structure/upgrade its value chain (VC) which yet has been so far disregarded in national state agenda, in spite of its demonstrated potential to promote pro-poor growth, especially women who are specialized in baobab products related activities. Read More  

Development of sustainable commercial pineapple value chain system for increased yield and income, and improved livelihood of smallholder farmers in Central Region of Ghana

Project Summary
Smallholder pineapple farmers face marketing, production, post-harvest challenges and also lack clean planting materials. Meanwhile, University of Cape Coast in Ghana has the capacity to generate knowledge and advanced technologies to make pineapple farming profitable. The overall goal of this project is to evolve an action research with students, scientists, lecturers, entrepreneurs and smallholder pineapple farmers to develop a sustainable commercial pineapple value chain to increase smallholder pineapple farmers’ yield, income and improve their livelihood. Read More   

 

Use of tied contour rain water harvesting (TC-RWH) system in small grain and legume production for improved household food security, nutrition and income in semi-arid smallholder farming areas of Zimbabwe

Project Summary
This action augments the many efforts that are on-going in Africa to enhance agricultural research and to improve the capacity of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change. Considering that many smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe are located in semi-arid areas where rainfall is low, erratic and unreliable. It is therefore imperative to investigate the options to increase water productivity and water use efficiency in rain-fed semi-arid farming system with the aim of improving crop productivity. Climate change has resulted in most smallholder farmers failing to get any meaningful crop yields, being food insecure and in poverty. The situation has been worsened by lack of proper agricultural skills and employment opportunities. To address these challenges, we will promote the use of the tied contour water rain harvesting TC-RWH) system to improve crop production and increase crop yields in semi-arid regions of Buhera and Mwenezi, Zimbabwe. We will carry-out on farm research to determine region specific crop performance and yield data for the various small grains and cereals under TC-RWH, integrated nutrient management and crop intensification. The research plots will also serve as demonstration and farmer learning sites, where farmers from other area can come and visit during field tours, and exchange visit) to promote uptake of the technology. We will train 6000 farmers in improved agronomic practices, post-harvest management in Buhera and Mwenezi. In addition we will train 500 smallholder farmers in value addition, and marketing and set up 2 community managed value addition centres. Overall the project will improve the food security, nutrition and income of smallholder farmers, especially women and the youths. The project will also have multiplier effects which include skills development, registration of patents and trademarks for the new products developed, and employment creation thus, moving farmers out food insecurity and poverty. Read More

Making Potato Value Chain Enhance Productivity and Incomes in Uganda

Project Summary
The project focuses on the seed potato value chain, crop-intensification production, value addition, and market linkages to provide appropriate interventions on how best seed potato can be made more available and accessible by farmers, how potato farmers can practice a sustainable crop intensification production that maximises the benefits, and how the value of potato can be improved through processing and marketing for increased benefits to farmers and consumers. The overall objective is to enhance the capacity of potato value chain actors to reduce the challenges that constrain sustainable potato productivity. The project will provide an empirical basis for addressing the existing challenges along the value chain. Reduction in these challenges will enhance productivity and profitability in the potato value chains, which is in line with the Uganda National Agricultural Policy. The project, therefore, targets ware and seed potato producers, potato growers’ associations, processors, researchers, and consumers. Because of its focus and scope, the project team constitutes staff and organisations with multidisciplinary backgrounds including academia and researchers at University, Research and Extension organisations, Community-Based Organisation, a potato processing and business incubator, graduate and undergraduate students, a private sector, and TVET Instructors and students. The project uses methodologies that enable potato value chain actors to actively participate in the research processes. It uses Potato-based Innovation Platforms to establish a community-based system for farmers to participate in production, delivery and use of quality seed potato; Farmer Field Demonstrations to validate a system of potato intensification that optimises farmers’ resources; and will develop and market test potato-based value added products to widen potato market outlets, increase incomes of producers and expand consumer choices. By its design, the project will strengthen the synergies and working relationships of the University, private and community-based organisations, Research Institutions and an Agricultural College (TVET Institution) that trains Mid-level Cadres in Uganda in areas of agriculture, agribusiness and human nutrition. Read More 

Enhancing Agribusiness Rice Clusters and Market Linkages and Incomes in Northern Uganda (EARMINU)

Project Summary
The Community Action Research Program Plus (CARP+), on agribusiness rice clusters and market linkages, aims to intervene in the rice value chain using a two-pronged approach. On the production and supply side, the project promotes Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs) and post-harvest handling technologies through on-farm demonstrations and learning plots to improve the production and productivity of rice in northern Uganda. The second approach seeks to create vibrant producer organizations and market linkages with various actors for enhanced access to rice output and input markets in the value chain. Therefore, a synergistic combination of the two approaches, is envisaged to result into: improvements in production, productivity and market access for smallholder rice farmers, agribusiness cluster formation to stimulate competitive rice value chain performance, and food security and incomes of actors in northern Uganda. This CARP+ further integrates TVETs and Gulu University in the higher education value chain through students’ community outreaches, joint special projects, business plans and entrepreneurship deepening in theory and practice. It is further envisaged that this research will result into diversified product portfolios for human consumption, livestock feeds and energy briquettes. Graded, branded and packaged Rice and broken rice for rice flour and rice noodles will constitute the product portfolio for human consumption. While rice straw will be baled to make hey for animal feeds, and rice husks will be turned into charcoal briquettes to address the challenge of energy for cooking. Therefore, the proposed interventions are foreseen to spur the performance of the rice value chain in northern Uganda to enhance food security and incomes of the direct actors with spill overs and ripple effects to the wider community. Read More

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