ICRAF and technoServe (TNS) have a 12-month programme whose overall aim is to provide Technoserve with a scientifically-sound evidence-based approach to supporting the development of a cost-effective, environment-friendly and sustainable crop production system.
This project will be launched with a stakeholder’s workshop to be held between 8th and 9th March 2017 at ICRAF Campus, Nairobi. This workshop will engage in stakeholder consultation at the stage of study design in order to elicit the specific perspectives, incentives and decisions prioritized by each set of stakeholders and frame the study questions around them so as to maximize the ability of study results to contribute directly to concrete policy actions and decision-making. Key stakeholders will include:
- Local, regional and National governments;
- Key private sector input manufacture and distribution firms;
- Donors engaged in agricultural development Implementing Agencies/NGOs;
- Relevant research organs.
The result of these consultations will be a discrete set of decision levers or key questions from the perspective of key stakeholders to be addressed explicitly under the study.
The specific objectives of the programme are to:
- Identify and characterize the soils of the main crop growing areas in the region of interest in terms of soil nutrient status and other possible soil health constraints that limit crop production; Identify nutrients that need to be applied for a balanced crop nutrition, including micronutrients, and as a basis for site specific fertilizer products, and recommend accompanying technologies for sustainable production; Test and evaluate the recommendations on farmers’ fields in terms of crop response to recommended inputs, and adjust the input recommendations where needed;
- Construct a variable measuring time and cost of transport from farm to the nearest market, to act as a proxy variable for access to market
- Evaluate the socio-economic risks and returns of the recommendations from the perspective of the farmer, and the associated economic risks and returns of key private sector actors (input manufacturers and distributors and major off takers of agricultural produce) as well as those of the overall programme investment, to improve recommendations and programme design.
- Determine relationships between the above variables, the recommended crop protocol and input recommendations, adoption or compliance levels and actual agricultural productivity as compared to its theoretical potential
For further information please contact: Dr. Ermias Betemariam (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call: +254711034356