CGIAR research program on dryland systems

CGIAR Research Program on Dryland SystemsThe CGIAR Research Program CRP1.1 Dryland Systems ("Integrated agricultural production systems for the poor and vulnerable in dry areas") is designed to pursue new knowledge about dryland agro-ecosystems of the developing world and to develop technologies and policies that will improve the livelihoods of poor agricultural communities in target regions of those. Key constraints to be overcome characterize dryland agricultural environments: water scarcity, frequent droughts, high climatic variability, poor soil resources, and land degradation, with all of these likely to be affected by climate change.

The overall goal is to identify and develop resilient diversified and more productive combinations of mixed crop/livestock, rangeland, aquatic and agroforestry systems that have the potential to be scaled-up, especially in dry areas where water is scarce.

CGIAR Research Program 1.1 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 to research -for- development. It is currently under consideration for funding by the CGIAR Consortium of Board and the CGIAR Fund Council.

Since September 2013, the SIMLEZA-Africa RISING project tested a range of improved agricultural technologies in Chipata and Katete districts of Zambia with the aim of sustainably intensifying the productivity of small holder farmers in those parts of the country. How did the project scale-out those technologies to the farmers? What worked and what didn't? Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2016

The government of Ethiopia is set to introduce weather index based crop insurance aiming to rescue smallholder farmers from unpredictable weather that damages their crops. Continue reading

IBLI, Jan/2016

Partnering with members of group saving and loans organizations (GSLs) may be an effective way of undertaking extension work on index-based livestock insurance (IBLI). These are the findings of the latest ILRI research brief on Integrating index-based livestock insurance with community savings and loan groups in northern Kenya. Continue reading

IBLI, Jan/2016

In the second year of practicing conservation agriculture (CA) introduced to him through the SIMLEZA-Africa RISING project; Stephen Nyirenda, a 38 year old farmer from Lundazi District in Zambia has been able to increase the productivity of his farm in ways he never thought possible. In just two seasons he’s been able to buy two cows from the extra proceeds he’s been getting from his farm. Not a mean feat, but which he attributes squarely to this new found way of sustainable land management Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2016

Thanks to an emerging breed of bold farmers who have taken to producing legume seeds for cultivation by their colleagues, the challenge of legume seed availability is being met in Eastern Zambia. For the past two years, Tichoke Phiri, a woman farmer from Kawalala camp in Katete district has been growing improved cowpea varieties through the Africa RISING project and selling it at a minimal cost to her fellow farmers in Kawala camp. The returns from her work have been very rewarding Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2016

Against the odds stacked against them due to climate change; farmers in Chipata and Katete districts in Zambia where the SIMLEZA-Africa RISING project was being implemented are ramping up their farm productivity using conservation agriculture techniques. Richard Soko, a farmer from Chipata District is one such farmer Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2016

The SIMLEZA - Africa RISING project in Zambia provides support to seed companies in seed business development, including building capacity for training and technical assistance, entrepreneurial skills, varietal release and registration, seed multiplication and commercialization to enhance their ability to produce and market improved seed. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Dec/2015

Many rural households in Zimbabwe rely on food aid to meet their nutritional needs. This problem, often aggravated by unemployment and falls in income, threatens the livelihoods of low income and food-insecure populations. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Dec/2015

Despite numerous training programs delivered by governmental and non-government organizations in the arid and semi-arid land areas of Kenya and Ethiopia, little research has focused what forms of training are most effective and with which audiences. It is generally believed that mobile learning will be an effective pedagogic tool, given the high levels of mobile phone penetration in Kenya and the need to reinforce knowledge classroom-acquired knowledge through repetition over time. Continue reading

IBLI, Dec/2015

With global mobile technology growing exponentially, the opportunities for resource- and infrastructure-poor countries to rapidly expand learning are huge. Two projects managed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)—mNutrition and Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI)—have seized this opportunity and developed mobile technology solutions to challenges they encountered. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Dec/2015

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Amare Haileslassie
Post Doctoral Scientist
Andrew Mude
Principal Economist
Augustine A. Ayantunde
Senior Animal Scientist
Beth Njoroge
Administrative Assistant
Brenda Wandera Gache
Market and Capacity Development Manager

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Contact:
Polly Ericksen

ILRI people working on this research program

Amare Haileslassie
Post Doctoral Scientist
Andrew Mude
Principal Economist
Augustine A. Ayantunde
Senior Animal Scientist
Beth Njoroge
Administrative Assistant
Brenda Wandera Gache
Market and Capacity Development Manager
Enoch Mobisa Ontiri
Research Technician II
Fiona Flintan
Rangelands Governance Scientist and Technical Coordinator for International Land Coalition's Rangelands Initiative
Jason Sircely
Ecosystem Ecologist

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Subject categories:
drylands