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Smallholder Farmer Strategies to cope with Climate Change, Ethiopia and Kenya

Project Leader
Freyer Bernhard, Project Leader
Duration:
15.11.2012-31.07.2017
Programme:
ERA-NET Core Organic
EU-Project Instruments
Collaborative Project
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
University Hohenheim, Hohenheim, Germany.
Contact person: Prof. Folkard Asch;
Function of the Project Partner: Sub-Koordinator

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Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Organic Farming
Funded by
Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft, Stubenbastei 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
Commission for Development Studies at the Austrian Agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research, Dr. Ignaz Seipel Platz 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Abstract
The idea of the project is to provide field-to-market strategies for production intensification of selected key crops that are regionally adapted to help sub-Saharan regions cope with Climate Change. The research takes place in Bahir Dar Region in Ethiopia and Nakuru Lake Region in Kenya. With this project we try to encourage actors with rural livelihoods to cope with Climate Change through production intensification through a cyclical process of collaborative learning across a systemic innovation value chain. Based on a systemic approach to better understand the overall living conditions of smallholder farmers we study exemplarily the performance of two key crops under latest and future climatic constraints. We follow these crops via analyzing and optimizing harvesting, storing, use in the household, towards markets and consumer use. All research steps are shared with case study farmers. We establish what we call a collaborative learning community between farmers, researchers and advisors to make the best use of different knowledge and experiences along the whole value chain of our key crops. Besides our key farmers we extent our dialogue with local farmers and other actors participating in the value chain, to secure further knowledge transfer.
Keywords
agronomy; agricultural ecology; organic farming; forestry; agricultural economics; interdisciplinary agriculture and forestry; Development cooperation;
climate change; organic farming; transdisciplinarity; tropical agriculture;
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