Despite the global acknowledgement of the huge potential of the agricultural sector to provide jobs and incomes to young people in sub-Saharan Africa, youth engagement in agribusiness is still very limited. Understanding their perceptions and the factors that condition their engagement in agribusiness is indeed a critical step toward reducing unemployment among youths in Eastern DR Congo and particularly in South-Kivu province. This study aims to understand youth perception and factors that condition their engagement in agribusiness in Eastern DR Congo.
Targeting women in skills training alone has proved to be an inadequate approach to supporting women’s empowerment. Although women often engage in business and savings, commonly accepted norms and intra-household relations with spouses constrain women’s decision-making about how to spend money and husbands may assume control over their spouse’s income. Clearly, this undermines efforts to improve gender equality and development outcomes overall.
The objective of the “Scaling Readiness” program is to develop state-of-the-art decision support tools that can contribute to the extensive scaling of agricultural innovations. Scaling ready research is intended to enhance the IITA innovation science research initiated in the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics and use the experience of IITA scientists in Central Africa.
Telma and Américo Sinsseque live in Namiro community in Northern Mozambique. The couple became partners with the SEMEAR Project in 2017 to support the production of certified seed.
Agricultural cooperatives in Zambia are one of the conduits through which the adoption of improved technologies such as improved maize and inorganic fertilizers can be accelerated or increased. The Zambian government is implementing the farmer input support program (FISP) that is supplying farmers with inputs such as improved seed and fertilizers at a subsidized price. To benefit from this program, farmers are expected to apply through their cooperatives, farmers’ organizations, and associations. In addition to providing subsidized inputs, the program is encouraging farmers to adopt sustainable intensification practices such as crop rotation.
The intervention of the Support to Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops in Africa (SARD-SC) project in 20 Regional Membership Countries (RMCs) in Africa has transformed the cultivation of cassava, maize, rice, and wheat. It has also added value to these crops through the introduction of high-yielding varieties, new processing methods, and other agricultural innovations and technologies.
In the lush greenery of the southern highlands of Tanzania, one of IITA’s leading research delivery projects, the Africa RISING–NAFAKA project, is blazing the way in applying GIS tools to add more precision to their scaling methodologies. The project, which is funded by the United States.
IITA, under the Improved Seeds for Better Agriculture (SEMEAR is the Portuguese acronym) project of the US Government Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, seeks to sustainably increase the adoption of improved technologies of cowpea, soybean, and sesame to increase incomes and food security of smallholder farmers, especially women. This is through increasing the production and supply of seeds of improved varieties, strengthening the seed systems, enhancing the capacity of national partners to produce basic and certified seeds, and facilitating adoption.
At the end of Phase 1 (2010-2013), the project had developed several products including certified seeds of improved varieties, inoculants, legume fertilizers, and laborsaving tools and services that benefited some 225,000 small-scale farmers in DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
The SILT research aimed to test and understand how a campaign approach, with different formats and media targeting different members of a typical small-scale farming family (i.e., with young/older or male/female and combinations), could best reach each individual, and then influence their knowledge, decision-making, and adoption as a household. The extension and communication information was presented as a campaign-based approach, and the technical campaign material was all drawn from a single, technical brief developed by the delivery consortium.
Specifically, the project sought to understand the contextualized insights into the merits of different combinations of media and approaches, to provide key learnings for future scaling-up programs, while at the same time increasing the profitable production of common bean and soybean in Tanzania.