AfricaRISING Project- Local agro-ecological knowledge as a basis for sustainable intensification of tree- crop- livestock systems in the Ethiopian highlands: Sinana Woreda, Oromo Region

This study provides results from local knowledge studies conducted in Endamahoni woreda, Tigray region, Ethiopia. The local knowledge was used as a means of understanding fine-scale variation in a non-homogeneous smallholder system in the wheat-belt of the Ethiopian highlands. The research was supported through the USAID funded project Africa RISING (Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation). The project was launched as part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address global hunger and food security issues in key farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This study was focused on identifying existing sustainable intensive agricultural methods. The study also collected local knowledge on agricultural methods so as to assist in the development and implementation of appropriately adapted technologies to intensify production of crops, livelihood and household production without extending the areas subject to cultivation. Research Objectives The research objectives of the study were: · To characterize agro-ecological knowledge of farmers in the Africa RISING project sites · To identify and map out community resources · To assess land use and livelihood strategies at the household level · To characterize existing tree cover and assess the drivers of tree cover change · To determine temporal variation in availability of provisioning services (income, fuel, livestock feed, crops, labor.)

Baseline Survey on Household and Farmer Organization in Bougouni and Koutiala

This data study contains data on the activities by concerned farmer organizations and focuses on household, farmers’ way of life, family members, property and income-generating activities through agriculture and livestock.


About the project

Project title: Sustainable Intensification of Key Farming Systems in the Sudano-Sahelian Zone of West Africa

Project abstract

As part of the Feed the Future Initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting an innovative multi-stakeholder agricultural research program, the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING). The program’s main objective is to identify and validate scalable options for the sustainable intensification of key African cereal-based farming systems to increase food production and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and at the same time conserve or improve the natural resource base.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 2011-01-01

Project end date : 2016-12-31

Mali Africa RISING: Integrated Intensification Options for Livestock Feeding

This data study contains data on the sheep feeding trials conducted in Yorobougoula, Sibirila, and Dieba in Mali.


About the project

Project title: Mali Africa RISING: Integrated Intensification Options for Livestock Feeding

Project abstract

Sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/01/2012

Project end date : 01/01/2014

Rapid Characterisation of Farming Systems in Africa RISING-MALI

This data study contains household and community survey in support of Africa RISING farming systems analysis.


About the project

Project title: Rapid Characterization of Farming Systems in Africa RISING-MALI

Project abstract

Sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems. In East and Southern Africa the project is being implemented in Tanzania and Malawi, and Zambia. – In Tanzania the project is being implemented in Babati and Kongwadistricts in Manyara region of northern Tanzania and Kiteto district in Dodoma region, central Tanzania. The action sites were selected to acknowledge agroecological differences, allow appropriate targeting of technologies and strategies, and complement the development efforts of another USAID-supported program, the Tanzania Staples Value Chain (NAFAKA) project. – In Malawi, the project is being implemented in Ntechu and Dedza districts in central Malawi where maize-based productions systems are dominant. Agroecological considerations guided the identification of research action sites. – The pilot site for the study will be Eastern and Lusaka Provinces in Zambia.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/04/2013

Project end date : 01/04/2014

Mali Africa RISING: Biomass Assessment in Bougouni, 2013

This data study contains data on the trials on integrated intensification options for cereals and legumes in Bougouni (2013).


About the project

Project title: Mali AfricaRISING: Biomass Assessment in Bougouni, 2013

Project abstract

Sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems.

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Seven Modules on Nutrition Developed by AVRDC, AMEDD and ICRISAT

The topics treated during the nutrition field school sessions were (1) nutrition of children between six and 24 months and preparation of enriched porridge using whole grain millet, (2) nutrition of pregnant and breast feeding (nursing) mothers and preparation of enriched peanut sauce and (3) auto-diagnostic of nutritional status of children between 6 months and 5 years and prevention of Vitamin A, iron and iodine deficiency (4) Food needs of sick children and the preparation of sorghum porridge enriched with legumes; (5) Food Groups: Proteins and preparation of enriched leaf sauce; (6) Food groups that provide energy: Carbohydrates and lipids, and cooking of Laro; (7) Food Groups: Vitamins and minerals and preparation of ‘to’ from soyabean flour. During each session the essential hygiene and nutrition messages, as identified by the Helen Keller International were also repeated.

About the project

Project title: Sustainable Intensification of Key Farming Systems in the Sudano-Sahelian Zone of West Africa

Project abstract


As part of the Feed the Future Initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting an innovative multi-stakeholder agricultural research program, the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING). The program’s main objective is to identify and validate scalable options for the sustainable intensification of key African cereal-based farming systems to increase food production and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and at the same time conserve or improve the natural resource base.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/01/2011

Project end date : 12/31/2016

Rapid Characterisation of Farming Systems in Africa RISING-Malawi

This data study contains data from a household and community survey in support of Africa RISING farming systems analysis.

About the project

Project title:
AfricaRISING-Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume-Livestock Integrated Farming Systems in East and Southern Africa

Project abstract

Sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems. In East and Southern Africa, the project is being implemented in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia. In Tanzania, the project is being implemented in Babati and Kongwa districts in Manyara region of northern Tanzania and Kiteto district in Dodoma region, central Tanzania. The action sites were selected to acknowledge agroecological differences, allow appropriate targeting of technologies and strategies, and complement the development efforts of another USAID-supported program, the Tanzania Staples Value Chain (NAFAKA) project. In Malawi, the project is being implemented in Ntechu and Dedza districts in central Malawi where maize-based productions systems are dominant. Agroecological considerations guided the identification of research action sites. The pilot site for the study will be Eastern and Lusaka Provinces in Zambia.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/04/2013

Project end date :01/04/2014

Mali Africa RISING: Farm Characterization Survey

This data study contains data on the farm characterization survey conducted in the villages of Sirakele, Sibirila, and Dieba.


About the project

Project title: Africa RISING- Research in Sustainable Intensification of Cereal-Based Farming Systems in the Guinea-Sudan-Savanna of West Africa

Project abstract

Sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net

Project start date: 01/01/2012

Project end date : 01/01/2014