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IAR4D Approach for Strengthening Partnerships Among Stakeholders to Encourage Collective Actions towards Post-Harvest Issues 1. By Alphonse Emechebe (Coordinator, KKM PLS of SSA CP, IAR/IITA Kano Station, Kano, Nigeria). Outline: Some Post-Harvest Issues Strategic Decisions of Farmers
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(Coordinator, KKM PLS of SSA CP, IAR/IITA Kano Station, Kano, Nigeria)
Some Post-Harvest Issues
Strategic Decisions of Farmers
Structure and Process Principles of IAR4D
Few Experiences to Address Post-harvest Issues using the IAR4D Approach in KKM PLS
1 PowerPoint Presentation as Panelist to panel discussion on the theme of CORAF/WECARD Science Week, Cotonou, Benin Republic, May 24-29, 2010.
- Rural poverty, and
- Poor rural infrastructure and services.
These are serious constraints because:
- minimize individual risks involved in grain storage
- ensure grains are sold at times of peak demand and fair prices
- serve as reliable sources of large quantities of grains for merchants and processors
The farmer makes one or more strategic decisions in relation to post-harvest issues, depending on his/her socio-economic circumstances:
3.1. Integrated agricultural research for development (IAR4D) aims to transform linear process of agricultural technology transfer (research-extension-farmer) by embedding research within an innovation system comprising all relevant actors in agricultural value chain. It is characterized by a structure and several process principles
A research process that is multidisciplinary and participatory
4. Two Experiences of KKM PLS to Address Post-Harvest Issues Using IAR4D Approach
4.1. The Sudan Savanna (SS) TF is addressing 2 post-harvest constraints/issues in its Cereal-Legume IPs:
4.2. Strengthening Stakeholders on Non-Chemical Storage of Cowpea Grains.
Triple layer bag comprises two polyethylene plastic bags (80 microns thick) and a third sack (outer bag) made of woven polypropylene.
- Bags produced by local manufacturer in Kano
Training emphasized importance of storing only dry, clean grains under rodent-proof stores.
- Bags must be obtained from accredited suppliers
4.3. Strengthening Stakeholders on Fabrication, Use and Maintenance of Motorized Groundnut Sheller, Maize Dehusker and Groundnut Oil processing Equipment
- shelling of groundnuts
- dehusking maize
- extracting oil from groundnut grains.
IP actors also learnt that engineers of IAR/ABU, Zaria had developed prototype equipment that would remove the above drudgery and save labour
- Training sessions emphasized pre-operational checks
- Trainees were advised to adhere strictly to the procedures outlined in the manuals
Having completed the training, farmers, farmer groups and women groups placed orders for various equipment with the artisans