Impact of sustainable intensification technologies on on-farm agricultural diversity in Africa RISING communities of Ghana

The project aimed at testing the hypothesis that the application of sustainable intensification technologies (cereal-legume-vegetable-livestock integrated systems) by smallholder households in North Ghana changes the level of inter and intra-specific crop diversity managed on-farm at household level. The project included two main activities: (1) analyses of the baseline socioeconomic survey data gathered by IFPRI and IITA from a diversity perspective; and (2) implementation and analysis of a series of focus group discussions in 12 communities to assess the overall diversity of plant species that households manage and derive benefits from.

Study title: Focus Group Discussions-Agrobiodiversity Assessment

Study description: A series of FGDs in 12 communities were carried out during the earlier part of 2016. The objective of FGDs on agricultural biodiversity was to elicit the local knowledge about the agricultural and useful wild biodiversity present in the study areas in order to generate: (a) an ordered inventory (list) of all useful plants used by local communities for human food, animal feed, medicine, fuel, etc. and their local names; and (b) an inventory of species and other products bought and sold in markets that people attend. The aim was to have a subjective assessment of the overall diversity of species households manage and derive benefits from, how important each species is and how it contributes to the household’s food and income, as well as how it is used.

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

Project start date: 07/01/2015

Project end date : 06/30/2016

Improved Crop Varieties, Agronomic Practices, Soil Water Conservation Practices

Establishment of demonstration plots on improved crop varieties (maize, groundnuts, soybeans and beans) and best-bet agronomic pratices and soil and water conservation practices in Babati, Kongwa, kiteto, Mvomero, Mbozi, Kilosa and Kilolo in Tanzania. Training of lead farmers and extension staff to empower them with knowledge on improved technologies so that they can also train others.

This study contains data from different cereal legume rotation systems in northern Ghana.

About the project

Project title: Enhancing Partnership among Africa RISING (AR), NAFAKA and TUBORESHE CHAKULA (TUBOCHA) Programs for Fast-Tracking Delivery and Scaling of Agricultural Technologies in Tanzania

Project abstract


This project is implemented in partnership between Africa RISING research team and NAFAKA and focuses on scaling of agricultural technologies that include deployment of improved maize varieties and legumes (beans, soybean, groundnuts), deployment of improved water and soil conservation practices and improved good agricultural practices in Babati, Kongwa, Kiteto, Kilosa, Mvomero, Mbozi and Kilolo districts of Tanzania. The project is implemented by CIMMYT, IITA, CIAT, ICRAF, ARI-Hombolo, AMINATA Quality Seeds compnay, Meru Agro-Tours and Cosultants seed company, NAFAKA and Selian Agricultural Research Institute.

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

Project start date: 01/01/2014

Project end date : 09/30/2017

Africa RISING Tanzania- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of Vegetables

This study contains data on pest and disease incidence.

About the project

Project title: Africa RISING

Project abstract

The aim of the Africa RISING project in Kongwa and Kiteto Districts, Tanzania is to provide a scientific basis for sustainably intensifying agricultural production in semi-arid areas of central Tanzania. The project activities are falls under 4 thematic areas that address three critical elements of sustainable intensification (SI), i.e. genetic, ecological and socio-economic intensification technologies. The scope of activities being implemented includes: packaging of new legume and cereal varieties with over 120% yield advantage, packaging and validation of integrated productivity-enhancing technologies for cereals, legumes, legume trees and soil health technologies, food safety primarily to reduce aflatoxin contamination and integration of livestock into the cropping systems. The innovation platform is used to set R4D priority in the active sites. In the 2013-2014 season, we reached out to about 1217 farmers Kongwa and Kiteto districts. In 2014 we plan to reach out to about 1500 new farmers. The project team is comprised of national partners (e.g. ARI-Hombolo, District Agricultural Officers, SUA and UDOM) and CG Partners (CIMMYT and ICRAF) under the leadership of ICRISAT.

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

Project start date: 5/1/2012

Project end date : 9/30/2016

Scaling-Up Sustainable Cropping Practices: ‘Zia’ and ‘Micro-dosing’

This data study explores raising and sustaining productivity in cereal-legume cropping systems in northern Ghana.

About the project

Project title: AfricaRISING – Sustainable Intensification of Cereal-Based Farming Systems in the Guinea-Sudan-Savanna of Ghana and Mali

Project abstract


In Ghana, Zia has been successfully been introduced on a limited scale to farmers in the East Gonja, East Mamprusi districts in the Northern region and Guru and Builsa district in Upper East region Presbyterian Agricultural Services. However, Zia farming is an innovative technology which involves the burial of manure/organic matter in holes/ pits and planting the crop later on top of the pit. The objectives of this study are to evaluate and disseminate the Zia and fertilizer Micro-dosing techniques on-farm; to undertake cost benefit analysis of the Zia and fertilizer Micro-dosing; to explore the potential increase in grain yield of Zia and fertilizer Micro-dosing over farmers practice in the Africa RISING intervention communities; to undertake comparative analysis of the effect of Zia and fertilizer Micro-dosing on maize,sorghum, and millet.

Project website: http://africa-rising.net/where-we-work/west-africa/

Project start date: 01/06/2014

Project end date : 01/09/2014

Focus Group Discussions-Agrobiodiversity Assessment

The project aimed at testing the hypothesis that the application of sustainable intensification technologies (cereal-legume-vegetable-livestock integrated systems) by smallholder households in North Ghana changes the level of inter and intra-specific crop diversity managed on-farm at household level. The project included two main activities: (1) analyses of the baseline socioeconomic survey data gathered by IFPRI and IITA from a diversity perspective; and (2) implementation and analysis of a series of focus group discussions in 12 communities to assess the overall diversity of plant species that households manage and derive benefits from.

Study title: Focus Group Discussions-Agrobiodiversity Assessment

Study description: A series of FGDs in 12 communities were carried out during the earlier part of 2016. The objective of FGDs on agricultural biodiversity was to elicit the local knowledge about the agricultural and useful wild biodiversity present in the study areas in order to generate: (a) an ordered inventory (list) of all useful plants used by local communities for human food, animal feed, medicine, fuel, etc. and their local names; and (b) an inventory of species and other products bought and sold in markets that people attend. The aim was to have a subjective assessment of the overall diversity of species households manage and derive benefits from, how important each species is and how it contributes to the household’s food and income, as well as how it is used.

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

Project start date: 07/01/2015

Project end date : 06/30/2016

Testing and Dissemination of Improve Varieties and Agronomic Practices Using the ‘Mother-Baby’ Approach

This study explores raising and sustaining productivity in cereal-legume cropping systems in northern Ghana

About the project

Project title: AfricaRISING – Sustainable Intensification of Cereal-Based Farming Systems in the Guinea-Sudan-Savanna of Ghana and Mali

Project abstract

In 2013, four mother-baby trials started to test and demonstrate crop variety and combinations of variety and agronomic options will continue for the second year. A split-plot design replicated in 4-6 communities per region will be used in the trials with 30 babies per community for each mother trial.

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

Project start date: 01/06/2014

Project end date : 01/09/2014

Whole-farm Model: Detailed Data on Nine Farms for Impact Assessment of Africa RISING Technologies

The zip.file contains the Farm DESIGN model (software) as well as the input data. A user manual of the software can be found online. The zipped Farm DESIGN model contains the whole-farm representation of nine farms in Northern Ghana. A low, medium and a high resource endowed farm per site, namely in Duko (Northern Region), Nyangua (Upper East) and Zanko (Upper West). There are several models per farm:


1. The current/ actual farm configuration

2. The baseline (reset to a situation with traditional (no Africa RISING) farming practices)

3. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 1 (Maize) is implemented

4. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 2 (Cowpea) is implemented

5. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 3 (Soybean) is implemented

6. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 4 (Maize-Legume Rotation) is implemented

7. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 5 (Maize-Legume Strip Crop) is implemented

8. A farm-model that is ready for an exploration (containing additional options the model may choose)

Raising and sustaining productivity in cereal-legume cropping systems in northern Ghana

In Ghana,Zia has been successfully been introduced on a limited scale to farmers in the East Gonja, East Gonja, East Mamprusi districts in the Northern region and Guru and Builsa district in Upper East region Presbyterian Agricultural Services. However Zia farming is an innovative technology which involves the burial of manure/organic matter in holes/ pits and planting the crop later on top of the pit. The purpose of this activity is to evaluate and disseminate the Zia and Fertilizer Micro-dosing techniques on-farm, also need for research on cost benefit analysis of the Zia and Fertilizer Micro-dosing, potential increase in grain yield of Zia and Fertilizer Micro-dosing over farmers practice in the Africa RISING intervention communities, Comparative analysis of the effect of Zia and Fertilizer Micro-dosing on maize,sorghum,millet.

Crop Diversification in Maize-Based Cropping System: Maize-Sesame Intercropping

This data study explores raising and sustaining productivity in cereal-legume cropping systems in northern Ghana

About the project

Project title: AfricaRISING – Sustainable intensification of cereal-based farming systems in the Guinea-Sudan-Savanna of Ghana and Mali

Project abstract

Mono-cropping of sesame(Sesame indicum L.) is being promoted for cash to diversify smallholder income in the northern Ghana. The objective of this activity is to evaluate agronomic options for integrating sesame into maize, sorghum, and millet cropping systems. A split-plot design replicated in 3-4 communities per region will be used within row spacing 1 and 2 weeks after planting maize. For the trials, data will be collected on growth of maize and sesame, light interception/leaf area index, weed diversity and biomass, grain yield of maize and sesame, soil temperature, soil moisture, and plant pest and diseases. Output and input will be collected for cost benefit analysis.

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

Project start date: 01/06/2014

Project end date : 01/10/2014