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1 Status of activities in the rice-based systems: January-September, 2012 Africa Rice Center and CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute Africa RISING-West Africa Review and Planning Workshop October, 2012, Tamale, Ghana

2  Partners & Implementation Teams  Meetings  Implementation approach – Rice Sector Development Hubs concept  Achievements and prospects  Baseline survey  Seed production  Yield gap survey  Diagnostic survey  Multi-stakeholder platforms Outline

3 Major partners PartnerResponsibility Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) Overall project coordination, backstopping Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) In-country project implementation and coordination World Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) Introduction, evaluation and promotion of high value fruits and vegetables

4  23 partners  2 Universities  5 Research institutes  2 Ministries – health and agriculture  NGOs  The private sector  Professional associations – farmers, processors, seed growers, traders, etc. In-country partners

5  Baseline survey – Wiredu, Etwire, Martey, Nachim, Dogbe (SARI), Arouna, and Diagne (AfricaRice)  Community seed production – Siise, Abebrese, Yirzagla, and Dogbe (SARI)  Yield gap analysis – Baba, Yirzagla, Mawunya, Abdulai (SARI), and Saito (AfricaRice)  Diagnostic survey – Nachim, Abdulai, Etwire (SARI) and Raboanarielina (AfricaRice)  Rice sector development hubs and multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) – Prince, Owusu, Martey, Dogbe (SARI) and Raboanarielina (AfricaRice) Implementation teams

6  Baseline survey – describes the prevailing socio- economic conditions of the actors in the target area  Diagnostic survey – finds out the knowledge and constraints faced by the actors in the area, as well as technology transfer and linkages  Yield gap survey – quantifies yield gaps and their causes through field observations and interviews Some important definitions

7 Meetings DateMeeting JanuaryInaugural meeting of stakeholders: draft overall concept note and logframe/workplan February1 st consultative meeting at SARI: logframe and budget for the rice- based component discussed 29 March2 nd consultative meeting at SARI: logframe and budget for the rice- based component finalized MarchOfficial launching of the project by IITA 12 AprilInception workshop: sensitized potential partners; shared roles to partners

8  Hubs are zones where rice research products will be integrated across the rice value chain to achieve development outcomes and impact  Hubs represent key rice ecologies and different market opportunities in the target areas and will be linked to major regional or national rice development efforts to facilitate out-scaling  These hubs are testing grounds for new rice technologies and follow a ‘reverse-research approach’, i.e. starting from the market Implementation Approach: The Rice Sector Development Hub concept

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10  Implementation follows an iterative 3-stage approach:  1 st generation villages / rice communities will participate in baseline, diagnostic and yield gap surveys  2 nd generation rice communities will not be directly involved in research, but will benefit from the outcome of the research done in the 1 st generation rice communities  3rd generation rice communities will benefit from the research work done through scaling out development activities (funded by development partners)

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12 Multi-stakeholder platforms Will operationalize the concept of rice sector development hub Act as a platform for introducing, validating and monitoring appropriate improved rice technologies and interventions

13 Stages of the MSP Process

14 Achievements and prospects

15  2 Hubs established:  Northern Region: Savelugu Hub - 20 communities, 200 households  Upper East Region: Navrongo Hub - 20 communities, 200 households  Protocol/workplan developed  Modular questionnaires formulated  Sample frame generated for producer survey  Sites selected based on Randomized Control Trials (Criteria: Rice potential, Population, Accessibility, and Market access) Baseline survey

16  10 Enumerators + 4 SARI scientists trained on data collection using Smartphones  First round of data collection commenced Sept  Data collection completed in 13 communities and for 27 households (outstanding 27 communities and 373 households) Baseline survey contd.

17 Backstopping an enumerator at Yizergu Baseline survey contd.

18  1st round of data collection ends Oct 2012  2 more rounds in Nov and Dec 2012 for on-farm and off-farm data on income and expenditure accounts for 2012  Producer/community surveys will continue till Mar 2013  Post-production surveys will start in Jan 2013 Outstanding activities

19  Trained 15 farmers + 4 extension staff in the Navrongo Hub – too late to start in the Savelugu Hub  Provided foundation seed to the 15 farmers (0.4 ha each = 6 ha total)  All fields successfully established  Four monitoring and technical backstopping visits by CSIR-SARI  Seed are being certified by Ghana Seed Inspection Division of MoFA : Seed production

20 Seed production field

21  Field inspections by GSIU  Harvesting & processing – end Nov 2012  Final certification – Jan 2013  Linking seed producing farmers to market (other farmers in the Hubs) Outstanding activities

22 2.1.7: Yield gap survey Yield gap concept:  Yield gap is the difference between maximum attainable yield and actual yield obtained by farmers

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24 General Steps in Yield Gap Analysis

25 Yield gap survey: achievements 2 SARI scientists + 15 Agricultural Extension Agents trained on data collection using Smartphones 1 automated weather station established in Navrongo Hub (Nyangua) 8 communities randomly selected for the survey All households within the selected communities profiled 88 farmers were randomly selected for participation 88 farmers’ fields (8 researcher-managed) selected for yield gap survey

26 Yield gap survey achievements contd. Selected plots geo-referenced and measured Documented farmers’ agronomic and management practices in the communities Collected routine data based on the agreed protocol

27 Outstanding activities  Continue data collection on harvesting and post- harvest processes up to Feb 2013  Collate data at each location and construct database – up to Mar 2013  Analyze data to identify and delineate the main constraints responsible for yield gaps – May 2013  Clearly classify the yield gaps into:  exploitable gaps (those that are due mainly to suboptimal crop management practices)  less exploitable gaps (those that can be closed, but with less economic gains)

28  Protocol developed  2 team members trained by AfricaRice  Community listing and selection completed  Key Informant and Focused Group interviews conducted in six communities  Data transcription almost completed  Data entry 85% complete 3.1.1: Diagnostic survey

29 Communities selected for Key Informant and Focused Group interviews

30  Complete data entry – end Nov 2012  Training on data analysis - Dec 2012 /Jan 2013  Data analysis and report writing – end Mar 2013 Outstanding activities

31  Different types of stakeholders identified (through surveys and site visits)  MSPs composed, launched and made operational  Relationships between stakeholders identified  Stakeholders’ needs and interests identified and analyzed  Backstopping at monthly MSP meetings Multi-stakeholder platforms

32 MSPs established Navrongo MSP Savelugu MSP

33 The project facilitated:  Statement of vision and mission by each MSP  Election & inauguration of executives/steering committees  Collection of membership levies  Opening of bank accounts  Adoption of local names for MSPs  Initiation of official registration of MSPs as cooperative societies  Opening of office space Achievements contd.

34 HubActor No. of stakeholders MembersMale Female SaveluguFBO MoFA1330 Aggregator2202 Processor6624 Tractor Services Provider4440 Agro Input Dealer2220 Rural Bank1110 District Assembly1110 Sub Total NavrongoFBO ICOUR1330 MoFA1110 Aggregator2211 Processor4413 Tractor Services Provider2220 Agro Input Dealer2220 Rural Bank1220 Sub Total Total

35 Framework Research output 1: activities ActivityAfricaRice & partners Construction of development domains within and across the project mega-sites IFPRI will do this Identification of action research sites within the development domains of each mega-site SARI has selected Hubs Establishment of R4D platforms Equal to MSPs Collect baseline information Baseline + diagnostic + yield gap surveys Construction of farm household typologies Baseline + diagnostic + yield gap surveys Inventorize innovations Agronomy, social science, and economics teams will develop inventory Identification and prioritization of innovations addressing major constraints Matching surveys’ results and inventory

36 Thank you.


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