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Challenges and opportunities for Africa:
Connecting systems approaches, sustainable
intensification and scaling out
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Contents
Challenges
The opportunity:
Sustainable
Intensification Systems
Identifying ways forward ..
Challenge 1: future food demand
“feeding 9 billion”
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
1970 1990 2010 2030 2050
GlobalFoodDemand(...
Challenge 2: current hunger & poverty
“improved food & income for 1 billion”
The opportunity (imperative?)
Sustainable intensification systems
 Increased productivity without resource
degradation
Re...
African extensification cf
Asian intensification
 Source:
World Bank, 2008
How much
productive
agricultural
land in Afric...
Some African small farm constraints …
Low productivity
Scarce biomass
Land degradation
Poor markets
& institutions
Climate...
Pathways out of smallholder poverty:
(target “intensification” before “diversification”?)
e.g., maize mixed farming system...
Connecting initiatives
 Systems R&D adding ‘cross-disciplinary’ value to
commodity/NRM programs for sust intensification
...
Identifying ways forward ...
 Sustainable Intensification Systems Workshop
10-13 July 2013
40-60 persons from FARA, ASARE...
ACIAR
Now:
Farming systems
framework
Workshop
outcomes
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Challenges and opportunities for Africa: Connecting systems approaches, sustainable intensification and scaling out

  1. 1. Challenges and opportunities for Africa: Connecting systems approaches, sustainable intensification and scaling out Accelerating Sustainable Intensification in Africa: A farming systems framework for targeting investment FARA AASW Side event Accra, 16 July 2014 John Dixon Principal Regional Coordinator South Asia & Africa, ACIAR
  2. 2. Contents Challenges The opportunity: Sustainable Intensification Systems Identifying ways forward ..
  3. 3. Challenge 1: future food demand “feeding 9 billion” 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 1970 1990 2010 2030 2050 GlobalFoodDemand(Petacal/day) Year 71% increase 2010 to 2050 129% increase 1970 to 2010 Source: Keating et al 2012
  4. 4. Challenge 2: current hunger & poverty “improved food & income for 1 billion”
  5. 5. The opportunity (imperative?) Sustainable intensification systems  Increased productivity without resource degradation Requiring added attention to ...  Systems and farming systems  Innovation systems and information sharing  Policies and institutions (incl markets)  Metric and monitoring
  6. 6. African extensification cf Asian intensification  Source: World Bank, 2008 How much productive agricultural land in Africa is under- utilized? ?
  7. 7. Some African small farm constraints … Low productivity Scarce biomass Land degradation Poor markets & institutions Climate variability Limited resouces
  8. 8. Pathways out of smallholder poverty: (target “intensification” before “diversification”?) e.g., maize mixed farming system Intensification 20% Diversification 30% Exit 10% Off-Farm Income 20% Farm Size 20%
  9. 9. Connecting initiatives  Systems R&D adding ‘cross-disciplinary’ value to commodity/NRM programs for sust intensification  African farming systems framework for efficient targeting of agricultural investments in country and across countries  Integration of research and scaling out pathways to impact on farm households
  10. 10. Identifying ways forward ...  Sustainable Intensification Systems Workshop 10-13 July 2013 40-60 persons from FARA, ASARECA, CORAF, CCARDESA, SSA CP, SIMLESA, SIMLEZA, Africa Rising, SARD SC, Systems CRPs, ICRAF, ACIAR, USAID, BMGF and 25 others orgs  Institutionalizing Farming Systems Frameworks in Science, Education, Policy and Investment Planning in Africa 14 July 2013 20 persons from FARA, NEPAD/CAADP, SROs, NARS, World Bank, ICRAF, ACIAR/AIFSC
  11. 11. ACIAR Now: Farming systems framework Workshop outcomes

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