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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-02-10 - 2017-05-09

Although efforts that support a transition to sustainable food systems are gaining momentum, there is a lack of systematic and consolidated evidence of these practices. Accordingly, policy makers, funders and advocates are currently missing a consistent framework that can demonstrate the advantages from a lasting transition to sustainable food systems. In order to support decision makers in their deliberations on sustainable food systems, there is need to first understand how such systems could be established. Therefore, existing initiatives on the ground need to be explored. From this, an overarching evidence base in the form of a concise framework can be developed as reference for decision makers.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-07-01 - 2019-06-30

Ethiopian farmers are increasingly becoming interested in adopting new and improved agricultural technologies. The government extension system is also pushing for wide adoption of some of these technologies. However, current adoption levels of these technologies is quite low. The major explanations for the low adoption levels are: 1) Lack or low level of awareness about the technologies among farmers. Having the largest concentration of extension agents in Africa (about 16 per 10 farmers), number of contacts between farmers and extension agents does not seem to be effective in promoting adoption of improved agricultural technologies in Ethiopia. 2) Many farmers cannot afford to cover the costs of adopting the new technologies, especially as a package. Therefore, most farmers either don’t adopt any of the technologies or at best adopt only few components of the technology package(s). Therefore, the overall goal of the proposed project is to improve the livelihoods of rural communities and national food security in Ethiopia through wider adoption of more sustainable and productive agricultural technologies and farming practices that also help in enhancing resilience to climate change. The specific objectives of the project are: 1) to develop effective and inclusive extension service delivery system(s); 2) developing and testing different extension and change-agent profiles, including relevant capacities and skills for process facilitation particularly for multi-stakeholder processes; and 3) Designing innovative technology packages including user-friendly, inclusive and low-risk credit delivery systems. The project aims at realizing these objectives by identifying and testing, through inclusive and gender-sensitive research, options that can alleviate the information and liquidity constraints and promote wider adoption of improved agricultural technologies and NRM practices.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-10-01 - 2018-09-30

This project will develop an Innovation Platform (IP) approach for identifying and facilitating sustainability transitions towards inclusive market-oriented development. Recognizing the complexity of socio-ecological systems and IPs as mechanism for learning and change, we have developed a nested approach that engages social and agronomic research to better understand and more effectively facilitate change processes. Beyond providing tangible outputs as delivered by the IP, we will provide procedures and methods for instilling change in complex systems, through multi-level learning and analysis of system dynamics. We believe that technologies to improve production and productivity already exist. However, uptake of technologies is slow and market linkages limited. In addition to this, we do not know where to start tweaking a system, what mechanisms in an IP can make the change process more effective and inclusive, and the effects of underlying socio-ecological structures that prevent change to take place. We focus our work to a project site in semi-arid Mozambique, building on the lessons from the MOREP project (ADA funded, 2012-2015).

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