Work package 1 - Create the knowledge data base on CA in Africa PDF Print E-mail


Obj. 1.1: To provide a reference framework and database structure for the project

Obj. 1.2: To generate a comprehensive inventory in the form of a meta-database of existing knowledge, research and on-farm experiences, development work and policy matters dealing with CA in Africa

Obj. 1.3:To enable access to the databases generated.

Description of work

Task 1.1: Development of the reference framework and standard database. All partners will contribute to the elaboration during the inception workshop at the start of the project (month 1) of a first iteration of a reference framework suited for comparative assessment of the case studies on CA. The framework will be built considering 3 scales of analysis: field, farm and district level. Each scale has its own analytical tools or models. The framework will be further developed (second iteration) during the case-study analysis (see WP3).

The structure of the database for the inventory will be designed in the inception workshop with all partners at the start of the project (month 1, first iteration of database development). Afnet-CIAT will be responsible for the development of the database structure and maintenance/organisation of the data base. A database expert will be contracted for this purpose.

During the case study analysis a second (regional workshop, month 6) and third (regional workshop, month 12) iteration of database development will take place. The final round of iterations will be organized during the second global workshop (month 16).

The database will be further updated throughout the project.

Besides, there will also be iterative interactions between the database development (WP1) and the modelling analysis (WP2&WP3).

To some extent target farmers will be involved in the early stage of building the data base.

Task 1.2: Collection of information and data entry (at the 3 levels: field, farm and district) on existing knowledge, research and on-farm experiences, and development work and policy matters dealing with CA in Africa. Afnet-CIAT will coordinate the data collection and entry in the database.

Task 1.3: A series of regional workshop (2 per region, month 6 and 12) will be organised to work out strategies to ensure that appropriate data collection are implemented, and to obtain a comprehensive inventory. Through a series of work sessions, experiences and case-study papers of the participants, a thorough assessment will be made of the CA technologies and their impacts on rural livelihood. The workshops are coordinated by Afnet/TSBF in collaboration with the regional coordinators (ICARDA and INRA for Northern Africa, INERA for Western Africa, ACT for Eastern Africa, CIMMYT for southern Africa and CIRAD/SCRID for Madagascar).

Task 1.4: Case study development. Each regional coordinator will lead the development of the selected (see WP0) case studies for his/her region – using information from the inventory/database of CA experiences and according the reference framework. It is anticipated that case studies will be developed in 2 stages: 1) interpretation of the collected and relevant information on the case study in the database; 2) collection of additional data that are needed for the modelling analysis (WP3) via surveys/interviews and some fieldwork. The case study reports form the basis for the in-depth modelling analysis and assessment (WP3). The case study development process will involve interactions with the farmers and communities especially during the information/data gathering stage.

Task 1.5: Through an in-depth analysis of data and network discussions (e.g. regional workshops month 12, mid-term workshop, month 16, WP4), factors determining success and failures of CA adoption will be identified and a short-list of conditions for successful implementation according to region, agro-ecological zone or socio-economic grouping, be formulated. A synthesis report of success stories and failures will be produced. Afnet-CIAT will lead this task with help of the regional coordinators and CIRAD.