Below are four examples of successful interdisciplinary projects carried out in Phase-I (1998-2002):
Zambia: Promoting Urban Consumption of Traditional Food
Promoting urban consumption of traditional crops and livestock is one of the several IP projects in Zambia. The main aim with this activity has been to sensitise urban consumers about the value of traditional food. To promote traditional food, IP-Zambia produced a traditional food recipe book, which includes dishes made off leafy vegetables, legumes, tubers, game meat and local beverages. The book is, together with other promotion activities like the radio programme "Flavours from Home" and samples of traditional food displayed at public events, believed to have popularized the consumption of traditional food in Zambia. The success of this activity is the result of truly interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration, including partners such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, National Food and Nutrition Commission, Programme against Malnutrition, National Agricultural Information Services, various hotels, traders and training institutions.
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Zimbabwe: Pluralistic extension systems
Agricultural extension systems in Zimbabwe are characterized by a multitude of actors, perceptions, objectives, practices and strategies. The levels of pluralism and uncoordinated extension services at the grass-roots level have led to lower outputs and confusion at an expense to farmers. To improve effectiveness, avoid duplication and wastage of scarce resources it is necessary to increase collaboration and coordination.
The lead agency in IP Zimbabwe, the Agriculture Research Centre carried out a study to examine the current status of the public and private extension services providers. The main outcomes of the project include an inventory of all public and private extension service providers, a targeted strategy which is to enhance co-ordination and collaboration between both public and private extension providers, and activities that promote pluralistic co-ordination among extension service providers. A working committee was selected from the stakeholders to develop and test the collaborative extension delivery strategy in two farming communities with different agro-ecological conditions.
Broad multi-sectoral collaboration, involving active participation from more than 16 partners ranging from ministries, to universities, farmer unions and the women's bureau, was essential for the success of this project.
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Uganda:Collaboration in agroforestry
In Uganda agroforestry is an important component in small-holder subsistence farming-systems as it improves productivity and ensures sustainability. However, dissemination and adoption of agroforestry technology is low in the dominantly agricultural areas, with no forestry extension staff and few agricultural extension staff involved in work related to agroforestry. One of several IP projects in the Uganda has therefore aimed at developing a strategy for improved dissemination of agroforestry information and technology by promoting partnership between forestry and agricultural extension institutions.
Partnership and participation at farmer, district and national levels have been a central component throughout the project-cycle. The project has brought about closer dialogues between the stakeholders involved and created a greater understanding of collaboration and the advantage of using a more holistic people centered approach throughout the project cycle.
The activities have been implemented by a dynamic multidisciplinary IP team, including the Forestry Resources Research Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Makerere University, The National Agricultural Research Organisation, Buganda Kingdom, several NGOs and extension staff at the sub-county and district level.
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Namibia: Capacity building in gender and participatory responsive tools
IP-Namibia recognized the importance of enhancing the human resource base as a positive contribution to reducing poverty and increasing sustainable development in Namibia. Through capacity building and training efforts, the IP has increased the awareness among development planners for considering participatory and gender responsive tools/methods in data collection and analysis, planning implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This was done through Socioeconomic and Gender Analyses (SEAGA) training of trainers where 21 development planners where trained as trainers from various institutions. The Division of Regional Development and the Division of Training in the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Child Welfare have also conducted in house training leading to initial attempts towards the institutionalisation of SEAGA. Researchers and statisticians have been trained in gender disaggregated data collection, analysis and retabulation. Twenty-one extensionists from six various institutions were trained in the use of the SEAGA technical guide on households resource management, involving issues related to the impact of HIV/AIDS, alcohol and domestic violence on household resource management.
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