ICRISAT Eastern and Southern Africa 2011 Highlights uri icon

abstract

  • How can we, our partners and society as a whole spark a transformative dynamic that reaches hundredsof millions of poor? In these times of constant change, how can we change and re-orient ourselves tocontinue to ask the right questions and fi nd appropriate long-lasting solutions? These are the questionswe, as ICRISAT, recently posed when defi ning our strategic plan for 2011?2020. Our process to answerthis question resulted in Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD) ? a unifying conceptualframework that has at its heart the ability to create opportunities for farmers to reinvest in agriculture byharnessing the power of markets.This year?s Eastern and Southern Africa Annual Report goes beyond accounting for our work at theproject level. Instead, we show how various themes and work areas across disciplinary and projectboundaries merge into a higher level narrative illustrating the processes that drive the creation ofsustainable change. We present three examples that have already been started with markets as their coreinspiration.Work done in Ethiopia on chickpea describes highly complex value chains with numerous players andsteps between the farmer and the fi nal consumer in countries far from Africa. The core lesson here liesin understanding international market needs, facilitating local markets, and providing farmers with theright germplasm to access these markets. The story on groundnuts in Malawi describes how challengesin market access can be solved through local level collective action and also exemplifi es ICRISAT?srole and responsibility to fi nd solutions to associated problems such as afl atoxin. Finally, the story onthe systems approach followed in Zimbabwe illustrates how livestock markets stimulate technologyadoption and reinvestment in both crop and livestock production, resulting in more resilient mixedsystems.This report illustrates IMOD in action. IMOD helps to create market-based incentives for improvingtechnology adoption and facilitating eff ective value chain development; it also defi nes the role ofupstream research and provides a framework that dire cts our research to address the needs of the poor.The systems perspective through the lens of IMOD is ICRISAT?s most promising answer to igniting a sparkof transformation that will reach many thousands in the semi-arid tropics

publication date

  • 2012