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Research and capacity building in climate smart agriculture in the Horn of Africa

Corne de l’Afrique

Titre : Research and capacity building in climate smart agriculture in the Horn of Africa

Research and academic capacity building in education and research on climate smart agriculture to increase food production and farmer income, make agriculture less vulnerable to climate change and contribute to reducing Green House Gas emissions from agriculture.

Pays/Region : Corne de l’Afrique (Ethiopie Soudan)

Dates : 2013

Contexte : Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) has been launched as a response to the challenges of climate change and poverty The target groups for this project are primarily subsistence farmers and pastoralists in the semi arid rural parts of Ethiopia and Sudan. Special emphasis is given to female headed households. In addition university lecturers, technical assistants and administrative workers would benefit through long and short term training.

The project will develop CSA technologies and CSA farms in vulnerable regions of Ethiopia and Sudan. The CSA farms will focus on integrating promising CSA technologies and creating synergies between the different technologies. These technologies include improved crop varieties and land management, improved soil fertility management, integrated pest and weed management, agroforestry and improved livestock systems. These CSA farms will also serve as research and training sites for students from the universities, and be used as demonstration sites. Gender equality and the promotion of female farmers is a core activity of the project.
The research will be conducted in a multidisciplinary and systemic manner to address the diverse natural, social and economic problems faced by small holders in the project areas. The research approach is based on empowerment, participation and access to research results by marginalized groups, including female farmers.
Project sites in Ethiopia are linked to Hawassa University in the South and Mekelle University in the North. In the Sudan research sites will be selected from the Demokeya and Dameera areas. The selected sites represent semi-arid conditions with high level of vulnerability to climate change and food, nutritional and income insecurity.

Overall goal : The objectives of the project are to improve the livelihoods and income of rural people in parts of Ethiopia and Sudan through : More and better qualified university graduates and research relevant to the needs of the Horn of Africa Increased capacity to deliver relevant and high quality research in Ethiopia and Sudan Institutional strengthening in terms of infrastructure, policies and governance systems at universities in Ethiopia and Sudan Enhanced gender equity in rural communities

Partenaires : Hawassa University, Ethiopia (Agreement Partner) Mekelle University, Ethiopia Kordofan University, Sudan Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Financement  : NORHED Projects

Budget : 16,5 million NOK

Présentation : NORAD

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