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Scaling Up Improved Legume Technologies in Tanzania (CIFSRF Phase 2)

 

Despite the well-documented advantages of improved legume technologies, adoption is slow. Constraints include the lack of information reaching farmers, along with the availability and affordability of high-quality seeds, fertilizers, and Rhizobium inoculants. This project aims to resolve these limitations to make the technologies accessible to 100,000 small-scale farmers from six districts across Tanzania. Increasing awareness and adoption The project team will use a multimedia approach to inform half a million farmers about the benefits of the improved legume technologies. Tactics include interactive radio campaigns, social media, smartphone messaging, and voice telephony. Researchers expect that approximately 20% of farmers will adopt the new technologies. The team will also conduct subsidized farm-level trials, hold farmer-to-farmer demonstrations, and organize field days. Hub agro dealer model The project will use a hub agro model, which places agricultural dealers at the centre of their communities. This allows smallholder farmers to reduce transportation costs and makes inputs available locally. The project team will train at least 30 hub agro dealers on the technologies so they can instruct a larger number of smaller-scale agro dealers operating across the target regions. Research partners will develop local capacity to ensure that the Tanzanian radio stations, designers, and writers can run similar campaigns in the future. Innovation in legume technologies By improving yields and reducing production costs, the project will increase family incomes and contribute to better nutrition of rural and urban households in Tanzania. This will allow them to consume a wider variety of legumes rich in protein and nutrients. The project will also inform better policies that promote community-based seed systems with high-quality standards. A consortium will implement the project. It includes the following organizations: -African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership in Tanzania -Farm Radio International -Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International Project funding This project is funded under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), an IDRC program undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada). oject

Project ID
108127
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
28 months
IDRC Officer
Marco Rondon
Total Funding
CA$ 1,419,670.00
Location
Tanzania
Programs
Institution
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
James Watiti
Institution
CAB International
Institution Country
Canada
Project Leader
Karen Hampson
Institution
Farm Radio International/Radios Rurales Internationales
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Mbette Mshindo Msolla
Institution
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, Inc.

Outputs

Communications policy meeting report : IITA Dar es Salaam

Communications policy meeting report : IITA Dar es Salaam

Report

The objectives of the meeting were to identify communications policy issues that affect farmers’ access to information on agricultural technologies and propose ways to address challenges in Tanzania. The meetings covered topics of: agricultural extension; policy and how it affects farmers; timely dissemination of agricultural information; and, communication channels. The report includes a record of participation and the workshop agenda.

Author(s): Hampson, Karen, Sones, Duncan, Watiti, James

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Language: English

Using information campaigns to bring proven solutions to more legume farmers in Tanzania : project profile

Using information campaigns to bring proven solutions to more legume farmers in Tanzania : project profile

Brief

A rhizobium inoculant converts nitrogen from the air into a form legumes can use, improving soil fertility, while maximizing plant growth and yields. Improved legume varieties, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, high-quality seeds, and fertilizers can increase yields, reduce production costs, and enhance nutrition. This brief outlines information campaigns and other activities to increase farmers’ awareness of agricultural innovations. Efforts are underway to harness the power and reach of radio and other media to spread word of these technologies to 500,000 farming families in the Northern and Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

Author(s): Msolla, Andrew, Watiti, James, Hampson, Karen

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Scaling up improved legume technologies in Tanzania : project story

Scaling up improved legume technologies in Tanzania : project story

Brief

Media campaigns resulted in over 128,000 farming family members (77,153 male and 51,436 female) using improved legume technology practices (improved seeds, row spacing, fertilizing, weeding, storing, intercropping). The project targeted information to farmers with consistent messages about the benefits of the improved technologies through print and interactive radio, traditional extension approaches (demo plots, training days), and information tailored towards young, elderly, male and female demographic groups. Radio campaigns proved the most effective for large audiences, with six radio series reaching an estimated 508,000 farming family members, along with on-air time for questions and discussion.

Author(s): Canadian International Food Security Fund

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Achieving scale of farmer reach with improved common bean technologies : the role of village based advisors

Achieving scale of farmer reach with improved common bean technologies : the role of village based advisors

Article

Extension materials facilitated VBA engagement of farmers in rural Tanzania even in informal settings, enhancing information flow beyond village boundaries. Village-based Advisors (VBAs) play important roles in reaching a wide audience of farmers. Project evidence demonstrates uptake of promoted common bean practices by farmers, enhanced by judicious incentives such as higher yields, increased land productivity, and labor-saving. The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) common bean campaign aimed to scale-up information on proven improved technologies. Findings indicate that VBAs are relevant in scaling-up because of farmer understanding and trust.

Author(s): Kansiime, Monica, Watiti, James, Mchana, Abigael, Jumah, Raymond, Musebe, Richard, Rware, Harrison

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Summary of findings from the SILT project outcome evaluation
survey on common beans in northern regions of Tanzania

Summary of findings from the SILT project outcome evaluation
survey on common beans in northern regions of Tanzania

Report

An important component of the Scaling Up Improved Legume Technologies (SILT) project was implementation (by Farm Radio International and partners) of radio programs on improved practices for common beans, aired in the northern Regions of Tanzania: Arusha and Manyara. This evaluation assesses the reach and impact of interactive rural radio programs on farmers’ knowledge and up-take of improved common bean technologies promoted by the SILT project; and assesses potential synergies between multiple SILT extension activities: Radio, Demonstration plots, Leaflets, and a campaign around Shujaaz comics.

Author(s): Hampson, Karen, Sones, Duncan, Watiti, James

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Focus group discussion report : outcome evaluation of the scaling up the use of improved legumes technology in Tanzania

Focus group discussion report : outcome evaluation of the scaling up the use of improved legumes technology in Tanzania

Paper

Women in the focus groups said the best combination for learning would be demonstration plots where people can see the effect of a particular practice, radio episodes which talk about different farming practices with experts that can answer questions from farmers, along with information leaflets to refer to when needed. There are gender differences in the application and utilization of knowledge. Women rarely own land, yet are relied on to produce food; neither are they included in decision making.

Author(s): Hampson, Karen, Sones, Duncan, Watiti, James

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Recours à des campagnes d’information pour offrir des solutions éprouvées à un nombre accru de producteurs de légumineuses en Tanzanie : profil de projet

Recours à des campagnes d’information pour offrir des solutions éprouvées à un nombre accru de producteurs de légumineuses en Tanzanie : profil de projet

Dossiers

De petits exploitants agricoles d’Afrique ont démontré, dans le cadre d’essais sur le terrain, que la variété améliorée des légumineuses, les bactéries fixatrices d’azote, les semences de haute qualité et les engrais pouvaient accroître les rendements, réduire les coûts de production et améliorer la nutrition. Des initiatives en cours visent à utiliser la puissance et la portée de la radio et d’autres médias pour faire découvrir ces technologies à quelque 500 000 familles d’agriculteurs des hautes terres du nord et du sud de la Tanzanie.

Author(s): Msolla, Andrew, Watiti, James, Hampson, Karen

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Language: French

CIFSRF final technical report : scaling-up improved legume technologies in Tanzania (SILT) (CIFSRF Phase 2)

CIFSRF final technical report : scaling-up improved legume technologies in Tanzania (SILT) (CIFSRF Phase 2)

Report

In order to become more effective, the Legume Alliance incorporated key expertise on input markets. A consortium of organizations agreed on agricultural messages, and how to deliver them – at scale - through an integrated campaign approach. The messages were technically identical, whereas delivery was tailored to various members of small-scale farming households through different but linked communications media. Evidence shows that the campaign based approach to scaling up, works: 650,000 individuals were reached over 28 months. This report details media campaigns regarding messages about the agronomy of improved common bean and seed varieties. Mobile phone ownership plays a key role.

Author(s): Hampson, Karen, Sones, Duncan, Watiti, James

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Socially engaged investors guide to communication for development : how public and private investment in communication for development can influence scale-up and adoption in small-scale farming households in sub-Saharan Africa

Socially engaged investors guide to communication for development : how public and private investment in communication for development can influence scale-up and adoption in small-scale farming households in sub-Saharan Africa

Training Materials

The strongest information campaigns and campaign materials result from a communication for development approach, supporting active engagement with the target audience from the outset. Additional investment can deliver appropriate and timely targeted materials and messages that are rooted in the lived experience of the audience. This guide aims to improve socially progressive investment in communication for development in sub-Saharan Africa. Sections are designed to work together to support the development of an investment strategy. Technologies recommended to farmers need to be proven, realistic and replicable, and ever aware that timing is critical in the agricultural calendar.

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Language: English