On-going CARP+ Projects

The on-going CARP+ Projects

Project Summary
This action research program is planned to strengthen, sustain and contribute in boosting the food security development and enabling vulnerable families particularly women headed households who lost their productive assets, graduates and other security unrest affected pastoralists to rebuild and protect their sources of income through Beekeeping and honey production project.
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Project Summary
This CARP project aims at undertaking on-farm safflower research with the goal to: 1) mitigate the effects of climate change in a semi-arid country such as Botswana; 2) improve food security, reduce reliance on food imports and improve income levels of farmers in Botswana through the sale of safflower products such as oil, processed petals, cut-flowers, vegetable and cake after oil extraction for livestock feed, hence reduction in poverty and hunger; 3) improve the livestock sub-sector through the availability of  feed (seeds, cake, direct grazing, hay and silage) hence reduction in feed importation, increased farmer income, reduction in poverty and hunger; 4) improve health and well-being of Batswana of all ages through use of safflower oil in cooking, salad dressings, and making baby foods which has plenty of health benefits due to the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated linoleic and oleic fatty acids; 5) promote safflower product development such as cooking oil, biodiesel, cut flowers, animal feed, raw and processed vegetables, herbal teas, pharmaceuticals, etc . Read More

Project Summary
With Namibia being the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, recurrent droughts pose severe challenges to local farmers. Since extensive farming is predominant inNamibia, livestock depends on rangelands for feeding. These feed resources areworsened by bush encroachment. Around 45 million hectares of agricultural land is affected by bush encroachment in Namibia. Although several attempts have been done to address the problem, valuable research that analyses and supports the entirevalue chain with a special focus on communities and sustainable production is still missing. The University of Namibia aims to coagulate the different efforts in thecountry under a scientific umbrella that can reliably create value for the agricultural sector working towards reducing gender inequality and poverty through sustainable production. The CARP+ project will investigate the potential economic and environmental value chains through which the encroacher bushes can be utilised by the smallholder farmers. The research activities ill generate information on the use and economic viability of using different plant fractions of the encroacher bushes into marketable products and by-products. In addition, the project is expected to build capacity among both men and women in rural Namibia and TVET students, inaddition to the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Read More

Project Summary
Famine is occurring in various parts of Africa. North of the equator the whole Sahel region is at risk but actual famine is taking place in Liberia, Sudan and Somalia (Samuel, 2007). There are three main causes: war, failure of rain, a malfunction of traditional agricultural plantings and the use of land in order to export crops instead of food for the country (Chris, 2018). The 1990-1991 famine, as in the period 1984 to 1985, is part of the gradual desertification process, which is a long-term problem of survival in the most affected areas of North Darfur and resulted in a virtually non-existent agricultural production in North Darfur and low in South Darfur, a considerable increase in the price of cereals on the market, the abandonment of "commercial" crops (groundnuts, sesame, etc.), the 30-40% loss of livestock in North Darfur, important water supply problems with the drying up of the hafir, high rates of malnutrition (Catherine,1993). Read More

Principal Investigator: Prof. Muna Mohamed Elhag
Project Summary
The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is the first Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as set by 179 United Nations Member States in 2000, while in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development goals women’s role and wellbeing have direct implications across several SDGs. The main objective of this project is to enhance the income and nutritional status of the families in the north east region of Gezira state- Sudan. This is achieved through increasing the productivity of vegetables and animal products in small scale gardens near the houses and villages. In addition, some processing techniques, water harvest technique and soil conservation measures, and compost production method will be introduced Read More

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