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Pathways to Sustainable Intensification in Eastern and Southern Africa – General Overview

The Adoption Pathways project was part of a portfolio of projects that has contributed to the broader theme of sustainable intensification research led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and made possible by the contribution of several teams from national and international research groups brought together by funding from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The project was undertaken in the five Eastern and Southern African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. 1. Gender disaggregated three wave panel data set (2010/11, 2013), building on a legacy dataset collected under a related ACIAR funded project (SIMLESA) is now being developed covering close to 3500 households in each data wave across the five project countries. The 2015/16 data will be available in due course. 2. Several empirical evaluations of the gender gaps in technology adoption, food security and market access have been completed and published. 3. These results have been shared in various policy forums including but not limited to annual project meetings. In order to achieve its full impact in the coming years; we propose that new projects and initiatives based on the work of the Adoption Pathways project be established. These should focus on capacity building for the analysis of panel datasets, continued work on studying intrahousehold input allocation and sharing of agricultural output and scaling up the findings from this project to influence next generation of sustainable agriculture policies.

Pathways to sustainable intensification in Eastern and Southern Africa – cross country report 2013

The main objective of this report is to present the overall results from the APP project survey across the five project countries. The results are meant to share knowledge on sustainab le intensification practices (SIPs) landscape, maize productivity, access to institutional services and welfare of farm households in the project target areas. The report is mainly based on descriptive statistics and it is organized as follows:- chapter two of this reports outlines the main socioeconomic characteristics of the households in the study areas of the five project countries mainly concentrating on the demographic characteristics of the households surveyed and ownership of key livestock and non-livestock assets. On the other hand, chapter three delves into adoption of sustainable agricultural intensification practices across the five countries with more detailed analysis and discussion of adoption of improved maize varieties and inorganic fertilizer. The profiling of surveyed households based on key welfare outcomes is outlined in chapter four while chapter five describes household income structure, risks and livelihood shocks.

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