Food security through smallholder adaptability

Work packages

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InnovAfrica consists of seven interrelated work packages. InnovAfrica will start WP1 by taking full stock of existing data that can be found in literature pertaining to EASs, IIAs and SAI systems suitable to smallholders in Africa. This will be executed by conducting an interdisciplinary review and analysis, characterize and map the IIAs and EAS typologies, identify their strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, gaps and innovation needs for new knowledge and policy frameworks (WP1). Natural and social science data integration will be done using KIPUS online tool.

Work package structure

The work of WP1 will be followed by setting up MAPs in the different case study countries (WP2) to facilitate active cooperation, participatory research, extension, learning and development. In the WP3, proposed farming approaches such SAI for different agro-ecological regions and plan the on farm farmer-led experimentation and knowledge transfer through various EASs including PIP, FPRT-F2FE, and VKCs in selected sites of the case study countries. This will be followed by looking at the different stages of the VCs from inputs to marketing of the selected products, with the aim to generate most efficient outputs to smallholders (WP4). InnovAfrica will employ the pathway approach to enhance relevant local and regional agri-food VCs that build on successful sustainable agricultural methods, and ensure reasonable livelihoods for smallholder farmers, from production to processing and marketing of the products. Successful agri-business models for these value chains will be examined and built on to ensure long-term viability. Any innovative approach needs policy and institutional support for sustainable implementation and dissemination. Hence, the WP5 will analyse the existing institutions and policies using a pathway approach and suggest improvements needed in the case study countries. InnovAfrica will dedicate resources in WP6 to disseminate results in order to reach out a large number of farmer organizations and other relevant actors and develop integrated frameworks for wider dissemination and upscaling.

All these WPs will be managed by well experienced administrative and technical coordinators and support project team composed of African and European partners (WP0). From the onset of the project, relevant links will be established with national and international research projects relevant to InnovAfrica and relevant actors involved (WP2) to support the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on FNSSA during the project life and beyond.