ASARECA Strategy for Scaling Up Agricultural Technologies and Innovations: 2014–2018
The strategy has five key result areas (KRAs) namely:
KRA 1: Access to knowledge and information facilitated. This is about the processes and practices concerned with acquisition, archiving and sharing of knowledge. It is an integral part of the agricultural knowledge and information hub to be established in the implementation of OP2.
KRA 2: Emergence of new agribusinesses facilitated. This result area is about research activities that can deliver value chain products and innovations (product development), and nurture the resulting products into fully-fledged agribusinesses. The mechanisms include agribusiness incubation by which a product or innovation from a research process is assessed for suitability and adapted for commercialisation.
KRA 3: Partnerships with scaling up service providing institutions enhanced. This output recognises that dissemination of information and scaling up of technologies are complex and in some cases specialised processes which ASARECA cannot undertake alone. Potential partners include: non-governmental organisations (NGOs); actors in commodity agribusiness value chains; seed value chain actors; and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS).
KRA 4: Capacity for enabling environment and skills for scaling up enhanced. This result area deals with improving capacity of NARS, particularly the less resourced ones, for technology adoption and scaling up. It includes development of methods and approaches for scaling up and using them to enhance capacity of NARS in scaling up.
KRA 5: Efficient market linkages between farmers and agribusinesses fostered. The focus here is to use innovative technologies including information and communication technology (ICT) tools and methods to provide producers, especially small-scale farmers with real-time market information and to link them to markets. The strategy borrows experiences from India, which show that provision of market information can greatly assist such farmers to choose what commodities to produce, what production technologies to apply, when to produce, and indeed for whom to produce. In other words, for smallholder farmers to change their situation and improve their livelihoods, provision of market information to them will be key to their transformation.