Coordinating the Conservation and Use of Coconut Diversity in the Asia-Pacific Region and Globally

This small research and development activity (SRA) aimed to determine how best to sustain the conservation and use of coconut genetic diversity for the Asia-Pacific Region and globally. Coconut is important to millions of smallholder households in over 90 tropical countries. In 2014, the world produced around 61 million tonnes of coconuts, mainly for domestic consumption, but also for copra, oil, fibre, timber, milk and 'water'.

Project code
GP/2017/023
Program
Global
Project start date
27 Sep 2017
Project end date
30 Jun 2018

Improving agricultural productivity and resilience with satellite and cellphone imagery to scale climate-smart crop insurance

This project aims to compare picture and satellite based insurance with area and yield-based insurance, and assess effectiveness in increasing productivity, resilience and food security of smallholder farmers in Kenya Weather hazards, such as erratic rainfall, cause significant hardship for smallholder farmers in Kenya. Climate change is expected to further exacerbate farmers’ vulnerability to extreme weather. The anticipation of possible losses discourages farmers from making productivity-enhancing investments, trapping them in low-risk yet low-return agriculture.

Project code
GP/2019/177
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Apr 2019
Project end date
30 Sep 2022

Harnessing dietary nutrients of underutilised fish and fish-based products in Uganda

This project aims to increase availability, access and consumption of fish through increased public-private partnerships to ensure food and nutritional security and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable groups in Uganda Nutritional deficiencies are widespread in rural and poor urban communities in Uganda, particularly among women of childbearing age and children of less than five years. These groups are particularly affected due to limited access to animal proteins and foods rich in micronutrients, especially fish.

Project code
GP/2019/176
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Apr 2019
Project end date
30 Sep 2022

Alien invasive fruit flies in Southern Africa: Implementation of a sustainable integrated pest management program to combat their menaces

This project aims to adapt and promote the wide-scale adoption of integrated pest management interventions in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe Mangoes are an important fruit crop in sub-Saharan Africa as a source of nutritious food, employment, and opportunities for livelihood improvement. However, high infestation of insect pests, especially fruit flies (native and invasive), hamper mango productivity in the region

Project code
GP/2019/175
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Apr 2019
Project end date
30 Sep 2022

User driven approaches to make government and farmer led smallholder irrigation in Mozambique more productive

The project aims to increase the productivity, profitability, equity and sustainability of irrigation schemes in Mozambique by testing user-driven business-oriented models  Agriculture is the main livelihood strategy in Mozambique, however, productivity remains very low. Great potential has been identified for research to introduce innovative ideas that can increase productivity, profitability and institutional sustainability of these small-scale schemes.

Project code
GP/2019/174
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Apr 2019
Project end date
30 Sep 2022

Climate-smart interventions for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia

This project aims to develop and deploy key technologies that reduce the risk of crop failure, increase productivity and create new economic opportunities for women-led businesses in regards to sorghum production and availability to smallholders in Ethiopia Sorghum production in the dry lowlands, where climate change is creating a higher frequency of drought and crop failures, exposes farmers to food shortages and loss of livestock due to a lack of feed. This makes the production risky, with a lack of economic drivers for increased production.

Project code
GP/2019/173
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Apr 2019
Project end date
30 Sep 2022

The effectiveness of the Metro Agri-Food Living Lab for gender inclusive youth entrepreneurship development in Kenya

This project aims to build successful youth-led businesses in the agriculture sector by understanding the added value of training, mentoring, and funding

Project code
GP/2019/172
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Oct 2018
Project end date
30 Sep 2020

Business models for scaling improved fish processing technologies in Malawi

This project aims to improve food and income security through designing and testing strategies for scaling-up fish solar tent dryers for small fish species, and improving fish smoking kilns for larger fish species

Project code
GP/2019/170
Program
Global
Livestock Systems
Project start date
01 Oct 2018
Project end date
20 Sep 2020

Scale-up supply of precooked beans for food and nutrition security by leveraging on public-private partnerships in Kenya and Uganda

This project is developing and promoting precooked bean products to increase bean consumption, reduce time spent on cooking and create more lucrative markets for bean farmers. Beans are an important source of protein, especially for low and middle-income households, but consumption is constrained by the high energy and water requirements for cooking beans and the long cooking time. In recent years, the rapid expansion of urban populations, rising incomes, and high costs of energy have fueled the demand for fast-cooking processed foods.

Project code
GP/2019/115
Program
Global
Project start date
03 Dec 2018
Project end date
30 Nov 2020

Schools as platforms to increase dietary diversity, improve nutrition and enhance livelihoods and environmental sustainability in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda

This Small Research Activity (SRA) built upon a direct procurement approach tested in Busia County, Western Kenya, between 2014-2017 with support from ACIAR. The approach, which also encouraged the incorporation of underutilized, nutrient-rich crops in school meals, was able to successfully link farmers to schools and provide healthy school meals to approximately 5,500 pupils while creating employment opportunities for the farmers involved.

Project code
GP/2018/101
Program
Global
Project start date
24 May 2018
Project end date
28 Jun 2019

Mobile Acquired Data for the Transformative Agriculture and Enterprise Development Program - MAD 4 TADEP

Several small research and development activities (SRAs) have proven that Mobile Acquired Data (MAD) can improve the efficiency, consistency and value of data collection and project monitoring of ACIAR projects. Research now needs to develop in-country standalone capacity. Papua New Guinea is a high priority country for digital data collection applications (apps), given that project partners there face infrastructural and labour challenges. In-country institutional capacity needs to be built to provide long-term support for research for development projects.

Project code
GMCP/2016/044
Program
Global
Project start date
19 Sep 2016
Project end date
01 Sep 2017

At-Scale Evaluation of Digital Data Collection Apps (DDCAs) in ACIAR projects - Mobile Acquired Data phase 2 (MAD 2)

A project in 2015 investigated limitations and strengths of commercially available digital applications that projects use to collect data and for monitoring and evaluation (GMCP/2015/016 - 'Assessment of digital data collection applications (DDCAs) to support ACIAR's M&E') (MAD pilot). This Small Research Activity aimed to determine the level of capacity building and other considerations necessary to implement DDCAs.

Project code
GMCP/2016/004
Program
Global
Project start date
30 Jun 2016
Project end date
01 Sep 2017

Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and agricultural innovation platforms

This project aimed to make irrigation in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe more productive to enhance food security. Irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa has been inadequate, due to weak water governance institutions, weak market integration, and degradation and abandonment of irrigated land. Despite this, government schemes and individual smallholder farmers are expanding irrigation.

Project code
FSC/2013/006
Program
Global
Project start date
15 Jun 2013
Project end date
14 Jun 2017

Improving income and nutrition in eastern and southern Africa by enhancing vegetable-based farming and food systems in peri-urban corridors

This project aimed to improve nutrition, employment and income opportunities for vegetable growers and their families in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania's peri-urban areas, the outskirts of cities. Malnutrition, poor diet diversity and youth migration to cities are widespread problems in eastern and southern Africa. Residents undertake agriculture on the fringes of cities (peri-urban areas), often using resources (land, water, energy, labour) that could serve other purposes to satisfy the urban population's needs.

Project code
FSC/2012/111
Program
Global
Project start date
24 Jun 2013
Project end date
31 Dec 2017

Farm mechanisation and conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification

This project aimed to accelerate delivery of two-wheel tractor-based technologies to smallholder farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, and help them adopt the technology. This improved access to mechanization, reduced labour drudgery, and minimised biomass trade-offs. Sub-Saharan Africa needs sustainable intensification of agriculture. Research for development work is increasing the efficiency with which land, water and nutrients are being used, but farm power appears to be a forgotten resource.

Project code
FSC/2012/047
Program
Global
Project start date
01 Mar 2013
Project end date
31 Dec 2019

Improving plant biosecurity in the Pacific Islands

This is project is working to increase the level of agricultural biosecurity achieved by partner countries in the Pacific region. Access to international markets, food security and the economies of the Pacific are threatened by invasive pests and diseases. These include a wide range of both established and emerging pests and diseases with country specific and regional impacts.

Project code
GP/2018/109
Program
Global
Project start date
23 Nov 2018
Project end date
30 Jun 2021

School Food Revolution: Evaluating opportunities for further research

Successes and evidence from around the world demonstrate the potential for multiple benefits – enhanced nutrition, improved school performance and achievement, employment and national economic growth - of locally sourced school meals. The purchasing of food for schools from local farmers can support farming households and livelihoods, and promote sustainable local markets for diverse, nutritious foods. Well-planned and joined-up interventions have the potential to realize much synergy and multiple wins at many levels.

Project code
GP/2017/007
Program
Global
Project start date
09 Jun 2017
Project end date
31 May 2018

Scoping smallholder beef research priorities - Indonesia

11% of Indonesia's population lives below the poverty line of around US$1.25 per day, and 49% lives on less than US$2.00 per day. Two-thirds of Indonesia's poor work in agriculture, so strengthening agriculture-including crops, livestock, forestry, marine fisheries and aquaculture-is critical for reducing poverty and for equitable development across Indonesia. Livestock, especially cattle, is a way for many rural poor to accumulate capital and work their way out of poverty.

Project code
GMCP/2017/001
Program
Global
Project start date
06 Jan 2017
Project end date
30 Jun 2017

Mobile Acquired Data phase 3 (MAD 3) - Evaluation of staged adoption and implementation strategy

This Small Research and Development Activity aimed to provide and evaluate direct support to the four core projects partnering in MAD 2 to ensure a healthy and sustainable deployment of CommCare, while evaluating the support options and process to guide future projects seeking to address digital data collection apps.

Project code
GMCP/2016/042
Program
Global
Project start date
15 Sep 2016
Project end date
01 Sep 2017

Identifying socioeconomic constraints to and incentives for faster technology adoption: Pathways to sustainable intensification in eastern and southern Africa

This project studied how socioeconomic factors (including gender), changes in farming systems, climate variability and policies influenced production risks and whether smallholder farmers in Africa adopted technology. Few studies assess how adopting technology affects livelihoods in Africa. Without understanding the economics of farming decisions under uncertainty, technology scaling out interventions and policy decisions will be made based on incomplete information.

Project code
FSC/2012/024
Program
Global
Project start date
21 Jun 2012
Project end date
31 Jul 2016