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Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems to improve food security and farm income diversification in the Ethiopian highlands: Quick Feeds Inception Workshop Africa RISING Project Outline and Concepts Alan Duncan (with thanks to Shirley Tarawali)
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Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems to improve food security and farm income diversification in the Ethiopian highlands: Quick Feeds Inception Workshop Africa RISING Project Outline and Concepts Alan Duncan (with thanks to Shirley Tarawali) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 7-8 May 2012
Context • USAID Feed the Future – to end hunger and food insecurity • 3 multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects • Sustainable intensification of key farming systems • Catalyse and promote synergies; leverage opportunities with research and development action = alignment • Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) in Ethiopia • Major agricultural development programmes • National and CGIAR research efforts Sudano – Sahelian Ethiopian Highlands East and Southern Africa Cereal Mixed
Sustainable intensification in the Ethiopian Highlands • Planning meeting October 2011 • Core team for concept note: ILRI, EIAR, ICARDA, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, IFPRI, IWMI, USAID • Shared on line (blog) and comments received • Project design workshop in Jan 2012: • Explored opportunities for alignment • Input into project content • Detailed planning and next steps for implementation
Project overview: Key messages • Significant numbers of poor small holders in crop livestock systems in Ethiopian Highlands • Livelihoods are complex, dependent on animal and crop production based on land and water resources, with emerging market opportunities • Overall the project aims to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts in two ways – by connecting: • Separate research on crops, animals, natural resources and markets • Research and development efforts
Overall purpose • To identify options for sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems in the Ethiopian highlands that will enable communities to participate in emerging market opportunities in environmentally friendly ways whilst improving resilience to risks.
Why Quick Starts? • Africa RISING funding is on year-to-year basis • Need to demonstrate some “impact” by Sept 2012! • Launched call for Quick Start projects of which Quick Feeds is one of six funded projects.