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Vara Prasad (left) being interviewed by Jonathan Odhong (right) at the Africa RISING Program Learning Event held on 5 - 8 February 2019 in Malawi. Photo credit: Simret Yasabu/ILRI.

Operationalizing the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework: An interview with Vara Prasad

The launch of the Sustainable Intensification Assessment Framework (SIAF) in November 2018 by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) marked a turnkey moment in agricultural research and development. Borne out of collaborative efforts by scientists from SIIL, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Michigan State University (MSU), University of…

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A group discussion in progress during the Africa RISING Program Learning Event held on 5 - 8 February 2019 in Malawi. Photo credit: Simret Yasabu/ILRI.

What’s in a name? Africa RISING partners aim for common understanding of terminologies

Words like ‘innovation’, ‘spillover’, ‘adoption’, ‘technology’, and others are often parts of the daily lexicon of agricultural researchers and development practitioners. But what’s in a name? Does everybody mean the same thing whenever they use these terminologies? More importantly for a research-in-development project like Africa RISING, does everybody apply the same parameters when measuring them?…

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Annet Mutema International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Project

Africa RISING Learning Event 2019: Participants reflections and takeaways

Partners from six project countries converged in Malawi on 5–8 February for the Africa RISING Program Learning Event 2019. The goal of the annual meet was for partners to synthesize valuable lessons learnt in the previous year and harness them for improved project implementation this year. The meeting brought together Africa RISING scientists, researchers, and communications…

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Africa RISING releases training manual for building the capacity of scientists in gender sensitive research

Systematic integration of gender analysis in the design and activities of a project or program is now globally acknowledged as a prerequisite and best practice for development and deployment of sustainable agricultural interventions. But for most projects (and individual scientists by extension), the question of capacity in gender sensitive research is still a stumbling block…

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Photo report on the Africa RISING Program Learning Event 2019

In more than a thousand words, this collection of elegant photos taken during the Africa RISING Program Learning Event, provides a summary of how the whole meeting unfolded. The event also featured field visits to Africa RISING activity sites in Malawi, which gave participants an opportunity to interact with farmers and get first-hand feedback on…

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Missed the Africa RISING Learning Event 2019? You can access all the material here

We understand, that sometimes, it is not possible to keep up with all items and discussions at meetings. But you don’t need to worry. We have got you covered. Below is a list of links to where we have archived all the presentations, discussions, and photos from the Africa RISING Learning Event 2019 for your…

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The five domains of sustainable intensification.

SI toolkit helps researchers assess the sustainability of their innovations

Five years ago, Africa RISING scientists were looking for better ways to measure and assess the sustainability of sustainable intensification measures. This work led to the development of a sustainable intensification assessment framework (SIAF) to help assess and measure an innovation’s performance in terms of its direct and indirect consequences within and across five critical domains: productivity, economic,…

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