Innovation Platform : Methods to engage crop-livestock stakeholders in West Africa

Jarial, S and Ajeigbe, H A and Shehu, Y and Issa, S and Maman, N (2014) Innovation Platform : Methods to engage crop-livestock stakeholders in West Africa. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of Drylands on the theme of ‘Climate Change and Food Security in the African Drylands, 8th - 12th December, 2014, Centre for Dryland Agriculture, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.

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With an objective of engaging stakeholders in mixed farming systems in the semiarid tropics of West Africa. Innovation Platforms (IP) meetings were initiated by the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) together with National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) in Nigeria and Niger. The transboundry transect between Nigeria and Niger called Katsina Kano and Maradi (KKM) was selected as action site. Results indicated that the IP meetings at KKM transect allowed platform members (farmers, processors, marketers, political and traditional institutes and researchers) to obtain feedback on performance of introduced agricultural technologies, link farmers to seed, agrochemical companies and commodity brokers, and provided opportunity to the registered farmer groups to source inputs through governmental agencies. The IP meetings also facilitated decision making among members through scenario visioning. As a result of such visioning, the researchers were encouraged to explore the replacement of maize with sorghum in poultry feed consequently trials were initiated in Kano and earadi. The IP was also used in identifying relevant capacity building needs of stakeholders. A crop-livestock integration training was identified for the stakeholder in the transect. The training was therefore conducted for 41 participants from 5 countries (Benin, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria). The stakeholders used the platform to enhance knowledge, expand network along with technology oriented practical demonstrations on food-feed crops, innovation of green and dry fodder chopping using machines, use of grinders for feed block making, animal traction and manure management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: RP-Resilient Dryland Systems
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation platforms, crop-livestock, West Africa
Subjects: Others
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 06:40
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 07:42
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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