Sub-Saharan Africa hosts CRP1.1 Dryland Systems inception workshops

July 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CRP1.1 Dryland Systems partners and stakeholders gathered in Nairobi to debate the details of research action sites and partnership roles for the program

The launch process for the CRP1.1 continues with Regional Inception Workshops working with the widest range of partners and stakeholders to define partnership roles and research sites. The Dryland Systems research program aims to identify and develop resilient, diversified and more productive combinations of mixed crop, vegetables, livestock, rangeland, and  tree agro-ecosystems that have the potential to be scaled-out, where water is scarce. It targets the poor and highly vulnerable populations of the dry areas. It aims to develop technology, policy and institutional innovations to improve livelihoods, using an integrated agro-ecosystems approach.A three-day workshop on the “Integrated and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods in Dry Areas” (CRP1.1/Dryland Systems), for the West Africa Sahel & Dry Savannas (WAS&DS) was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa) during May 28th to 30th. The meeting was presided over by that country’s Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Prof. Gnissa Isaïe Konate. The workshop was organized by the World Agroforestry Center, and some sixty delegates attended.
Similarly, in Nairobi June 5th to 7th over 45 researchers and development partners met at the regional workshop for East and Southern Africa, kindly hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

ICARDA organized these events along with seven other CGIAR Consortium Centres including the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), ICRISAT, ILRI, IMWI, CIP, CIAT and Bioversity International, and the Sub-Saharan Challenge Program (SSA-CP).
Both meetings were facilitated in a highly participatory manner over the three days. In this spirit, the participants discussed the key constraints and challenges of achieving food security and improving rural livelihoods in the drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.  During the workshop, participants finalized the mapping out of the Program’s Action Sites, developed a consensus around the key constraints and research hypotheses at each Action Site, finalized Site characterization, and clarified the roles of multiple partners.  The final outcomes reflect the engaged participation of all participants and puts this CRP on a good footing for its next steps, says Dr Maarten van Ginkel, ICARDA Deputy Director General of Research and interim “Dryland Systems “Director.

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