Africa RISING - Malawi. Grain legumes producity in different crop arrangments

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Created Friday 12th of June, 2015
Last updated Friday 6th of July, 2018
Dataset type Non-spatial
Abstract Intensification of production of soyabean, groundnut, cowpea and maize
Principal investigator Regis Chikowo, Sieg Snapp
Partners LUANAR, Malawi agric Extension systems
Other researchers involved Wezi Mhango, Erin Anders
Contact person Regis Chikowo, Sieg Snapp
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Custodian Sieglinde Snapp
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Availability date 2013, 2014, 2015
License Creative Commons Attribution
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Project title Africa RISING - Malawi. Grain legumes producity in different crop arrangments
Project abstract The Malawi project has local theme 'Agro-ecological intensification in Malawi through action research with smallholder farmers' with a lot of emphasis on co-learning with farmers and other stakeholders.The purpose of the Africa RISING Malawi component is to enhance farmer knowledge and support sustainable intensification (SI) pathways for productivity gains in maize-legume diversified systems, that also integrates livestock-related enterprises such as improved fodder for intensified dairy production. The project is setting up a research approach that systematically assesses SI best-bet options that appropriately respond to the needs of resource-poor farmers - particularly female headed households. Building on successful examples of participatory action research and experiences from biophysical research on smallholder farms in Malawi over the past 2 decades, the research team has begun taping into these products of agricultural research to move towards more sustainable smallholder production systems. We envisage that farm-scale production strategies employed by different farm/farmer typologies will be further distilled through scenario analyses using farming systems simulation modeling approaches. The project works with an alliance of actors, (agro-dealers, extension services, NGOs, local government structures, etc) as R4D platforms for the two districts.
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Grant code Africa RISING
Donor United States Agency for International Development
Start date 01/01/2012
End date 30/9/2016
Principal investigator Sieg Snapp
Other staff involved Regis Chikowo