Farmers are using water to shoot back at climate change. From Mackakos and Makueni in Kenya to Avaratrambolo in Madagascar, Amhara in Ethiopia, Kibimba and Muhembuzi in Burundi, Amadir and Molqi in Eritrea, Kumi and Mbale in Uganda, and the Central clay plains in Sudan, farmers are minimizing climate-induced risks by harvesting and efficiently using scarce rainwater to grow crops and feed livestock.
These farmers have been empowered with skills and facilitated to slow down soil erosion, direct run-off to farms and manage it to support crops and domestic animals. The farmers employ a cocktail of innovations such as water tanks, open furrows and tied ridges to exercise control over water. Combining these with select agronomic practices and skills in conservation agriculture, they have made livelihoods possible. Today, these farmers, one after the other, tell and show off living testimonies that their once apparent wastelands can now support livelihoods.
Meanwhile, ASARECA’s firm belief in generating and sharing regional public goods is posting unbeatable precedents. Over the last two years, the cassava, dairy, wheat and rice centres of excellence, under the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (EAAPP), have shared technologies, innovations and management practices in a free spirit never seen before.
Besides, as part of our efforts to make agriculture an attractive economic option for our people, ASARECA continued to scale up and out of prioritized technologies, innovations and management practices through UniBRAIN, an apprenticeship model. ASARECA is strategically motivating youth to join the agricultural value chains through this entry point among others.
Details of these and other stimulating success stories are shared in ASARECA Annual Corporate Report 2014. The report is a product of concerted efforts from ASARECA project team leaders drawn from the national agricultural research and extension systems. These teams started implementing ASARECA’S new orientation to thematic interventions in 2014. Through the success stories, we see evidence of their good work emerging.
Write-up by Ben Moses Ilakut
ASARECA Communications, Knowledge hub