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Including Smallholders in Agricultural Research for Development

Objective

Much agricultural research is carried out in isolation from the realities of small-scale farmers in the South and has not recognised their local knowledge and creativity. INSARD partners regard agricultural research and development (ARD) as a process of innovation involving different participants making complementary inputs to produce research results that contribute to development. In this process, farmers do not merely receive new knowledge from research; they are involved in generating it. Smallholders and NGOs are already doing applied and adaptive research to answer questions to which formal research is not giving enough attention, e.g. how to improve local marketing systems. In bridging the gap and bringing smallholders and researchers into joint research on questions central to smallholders’ concerns, civil-society organisations (CSOs) in the South and the North can play a vital role.
The main aim of INSARD is to ensure the informed participation of a broad range of European and African CSOs in formulating and implementing ARD. It will do so by:
1) Designing a structure for coordination and communication between European and African CSOs involved in ARD and in influencing ARD policy and practice
2) Identifying CSOs’ research priorities and a strategy to communicate these to other actors in ARD
3) Facilitating joint definition of specific research examples by CSOs and researchers, based on the smallholders’ priorities
4) Engaging in policy dialogue with key African and European research organisations and donors.
The project will build up a more transparent system for CSOs to provide well-founded inputs and positions in the ARD agenda and its implementation, so that smallholders are central to publicly funded ARD. It will help make research more relevant for small-scale family farmers, including livestock-keepers. It will seek to achieve its aim by building on existing initiatives and networks in Europe and Africa that involve CSOs promoting smallholder-centred ARD.

Call for proposal

FP7-AFRICA-2010
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

STICHTING ETC
Address
Kastanjelaan 5
3833AN Leusden
Netherlands
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 193 238,73
Administrative Contact
Marianne Meijboom (Ms.)

Participants (5)

THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA SMALL SCALE FARMERS' FORUM ASSOCIATION
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 56 349,41
Address
Old Mlali Sua Road Plot 623/05
Morogoro
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Joseph E. Mzinga (Mr.)
GROUPE DE RECHERCHE ET D'ECHANGES TECHNOLOGIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 85 600
Address
Avenue De La Belle Gabrielle 45Bis
94130 Nogent Sur Marne
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thierry Lassalle (Mr.)
PARTICIPATORY ECOLOGY LAND USE MANAGEMENT
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 92 020
Address
Independence Avenue Plot 324
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mary Jo Kakinda (Ms.)
PRACTICAL ACTION

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 13 630,62
Address
The Schumacher Centre For Technology & Development Bourthon On Dunsmore
CV23 9QZ Rugby
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Stuart Coupe (Dr.)
reseau des plates formes d ong d afrique de l ouest et du centre REPAOC
Senegal
EU contribution
€ 57 491,24
Address
Liberté 3, N°1983
4109 Dakar
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Aho Tete Benissan (Mr.)