CultiAF builds on successes and launches new innovations
The Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) is a ten-year, CA$35 million partnership (AUD$37 million) between IDRC and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). CultiAF funds applied research aimed at improving food security, resilience, and gender equality across Eastern and Southern Africa.
CultiAF aims to scale up successes from the partnership’s first phase and develop new climate-resilient and gender-responsive innovations for smallholder farmers.
The first phase of CultiAF supported eight projects in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, that developed and tested 24 innovations.
CultiAF’s second phase is supporting nine projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe that focus on four key priorities:
improving productivity and incomes and reducing post-harvest losses;
advancing gender equality;
linking agriculture, nutrition, and human health; and
climate change and sustainable water management.
Satellite and cellphone imagery to scale climate-smart crop insurance in Kenya
Gender-inclusive youth entrepreneurship in Kenya
Insect feed for poultry, fish, and pig production in Kenya and Uganda
Inclusive financing to scale up improved fish processing technologies in Malawi
Implementing a sustainable pest management program to combat fruit flies
Improving fish post-harvest management and marketing in Malawi and Zambia
Integrating insects in poultry and fish feeds in Kenya and Uganda
Better processing and marketing of healthy fish products in Malawi
Expanding business opportunities for youth in agri-food systems
Expanding business opportunities for youth in the fish and poultry sectors
Scaling up the supply of precooked beans to improve food and nutrition security
Harnessing the dietary nutrients of underused fish-based products
Precooked beans for food, nutrition, and income in Kenya and Uganda
Reducing maize-based aflatoxin contamination and exposure in Zimbabwe
Communicating science for impact: radio for reaching farmers with research results