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Coordination and advocacy for conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Coordination and advocacy for conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Full title of the project:

Coordination and advocacy for conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Target areas:

Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 135 000
01/01/2014-31/03/2015
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/402/USA
Objective:

To contribute to the mainstreaming of conservation agriculture in national and regional programmes to improve conservation agriculture coordination and strengthen advocacy, publicity and information/knowledge generation and sharing in southern Africa.

Key partners:

Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe National Conservation Agriculture Task Forces (NCATFs), the Non-governmental Organizations Christian Care, GOAL, LEAD Trust, Sustainable Agriculture Trust and World Vision International, and Zimbabwe’s Department of Agricultural, Extension and Technical Services.

Beneficiaries reached:

Target-country NCATFs, Conservation Agriculture Regional Working Group (CARWG) members and farming families in the targeted areas.

Activities implemented:
  • Enhanced coordination through support to regular NCATF meetings and broadening their membership.
  • Developed conservation agriculture knowledge-sharing platforms in seven of the eight provinces of Zimbabwe.
  • Supported the CARWG in holding its annual meeting and a regional workshop to improve data collection on conservation agriculture in southern Africa, where a standard tool was developed to profile and count conservation agriculture farmers in the region.
  • Conducted awareness raising and information sharing activities on the benefits of conservation agriculture for 3 132 participants.
  • Established over 70 demonstration sites in Lesotho and Zimbabwe to assist field days and procured seeds and tools for demonstrations.
  • Trained a total of 738 trainers and 2 970 farmers (2 079 of which were female) in the region on mechanized conservation agriculture best practices and provided them with training materials developed and printed under the project.
  • Conducted a workshop for the development of a framework to integrate conservation agriculture into higher and tertiary education.
  • Promoted mechanized conservation agriculture to increase production in the region; hand seeders, ripper tines and ox-drawn direct seeders and training on their use were provided.
Impact:
  • Contributed to increased stakeholder awareness and knowledge on conservation agriculture, resulting in increased recognition and support for the approach.
  • Enhanced NCATF coordination and information sharing activities.
  • Increased knowledge on conservation agriculture methods and their benefit as a strategy for smallholder farmers to increase productivity and production under variable and changing climate.
  • Contributed to the sustainable adoption of conservation agriculture principles through efforts in mainstreaming the approach in higher and tertiary education.