The Sustainable Intensification of Agricultural Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) Programme is a UK Department for International Development-funded initiative that seeks to address one of the most intractable problems facing small-holder farmers in Africa - how to engage in the market economy and to deliver sustainable intensification of agriculture, that is, which avoids negative impacts on the environment. SAIRLA will generate new evidence to help women and poor African smallholder farmers develop environmentally and financially sustainable enterprises and boost productivity. The research will focus non-exclusively on 6 countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia), thus complementing other research efforts in these regions.
In its partnership with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), the Project aims to build an interdisciplinary research programme to increase the uptake of context- appropriate Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) innovations through evidence generation, data analytic and the development of innovation tools for stakeholder engagement with evidence. The ICRAF- developed SHARED approach which will incorporate an interactive SAI dashboard will be applied as part of the stakeholder engagement and contribute to the national and international learning alliances.