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Developing integrated options and accelerating scaling up of agroforestry for improved food security and resilient livelihoods in Eastern Africa - Trees for Food Security - 2

This project aims to improve food security and smallholder livelihoods through adopting locally adapted agroforestry practices in agricultural landscapes in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda.
The ACIAR trees for food security project-T4FS (FSC/2012/014) demonstrated that trees in fields and farming landscapes enhance and sustain crop yield and food security in eastern Africa. It developed promising climate smart agroforestry practices, and revealed that farmers want greater diversity of trees on their farms than had been appreciated. Adoption constraints include access to appropriate knowledge and financing options, barriers to smallholders accessing markets, availability of water resources, mechanisms to control free grazing, and weak local institutions.
This second phase of agroforestry research will build on T4FS and make tree diversity the cornerstone of smallholder system intensification. It will integrate tree management with value chain development, better water management and new livestock management approaches. The researchers will underpin and sustain food security and livelihood gains for farmers by establishing cross-sector communities of practice and capacity development with a network of tertiary educational institutions.
The research is ultimately relevant to the livelihoods of 110 million rural people in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda, and more immediately to 30 million who depend upon smallholder farming in the target agroecologies.