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Agriculture and Farming Systems

Examples of projects in the Agriculture and farming Systems sectors include:

Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Development, Western India
Design of Northern Region Growth Project, Ghana
Project design for Smallholder Livelihoods Development Project (SOLID) in Maluku and North Maluku, Indonesia. Opens on New Page

Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Development, Western India

Client: Department for International Development/ W S Atkins and Natural Resources International
Farming Systems support: Liz Kiff (NRgroup)

The Western India Rainfed Farming Project Phase II (WIRFPII) is a process project aimed at improving the rural livelihoods of poor villages in remote areas of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat states.

The primary aim of the project is to encourage more effective policies and programmes to reduce poverty in rainfed areas and to enable these to be implemented more widely. Sustainable reduction of poverty is sought through improved technologies, institutional development and enhanced participation of stake holders. The project aims to devolve development activities to GOs, NGOs and CBOs and ultimately influence wider government development policy for rain-fed areas.

Farming system support inputs include facilitation of close liaison between international and national research centres, project colleagues and farmers to design on-farm demonstrations trials. These trials seek to identify more drought and disease resistant crops and varieties, suited to the various micro-climates and cropping systems within the project areas. Two varieties of wheat, GW-173 and RJ-3077, two varieties of chick pea, ICCV-2 and ICCV-10 and one variety, PL-4076 of lentil are being trialled in simple farmer managed, participative, adapted-research (FAMPAR) trials in 25 villages. In the case of the two new varieties of chick pea, trials include additional treatments of seed priming, rhizobium culture and additional fertiliser (DAP).
Working closely with community groups, systems for enhancing fodder cultivation (including social fencing), fodder preservation and efficient use are also being developed.


Design of Northern Region Growth Project, Ghana

Client: International Fund for Agricultural Development/ Food and Agriculture Organisation
Farming Systems Advisor: Liz Kiff (NRgroup).

The Northern Region Growth Project builds on the success and lessons learnt from the earlier Upper West Agricultural Development and Upper East Land Conservation and Smallholder Rehabilitation Projects in Ghana. The consultant, Liz Kiff, was previously extension and marketing specialist in evaluation of the previous projects in 2005.
The Northern Region Growth Project is designed to stimulate poverty-reducing growth by:
(i) Developing commodity and food chains linking production in the north with domestic urban markets in the south and centre as well as to sub-regional and international markets;
(ii) Promoting environmentally-sustainable management of natural resources especially in rainfed agriculture in order to improve productivity and sustainability;
(iii) Promoting small-scale community-owned rural, market and water management infrastructures as well as privately-owned irrigation systems in order to reduce prevalence of seasonal hunger and the erratic character of food production and to increase agricultural productivity and marketing potential;
(iv) Providing farmers, herders and fishermen with access to working capital, inputs and production equipment; and
(v) Improving the capacity of the economically-active rural poor and their organizations to manage their activities.



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