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ILA 2019: What are the trade-offs involved in SAI pathways and choices?

During the fourth International Learning Alliance workshop  in Tanzania, members from SAIRLA research projects and National Learning Alliances were invited to share their lessons and experiences and share key findings and tools. Three research projects and one NLA presented on the theme of trade-offs under which the SAIRLA programme is exploring how the economic, social […]

ILA 2019: What processes can improve smallholder farmers’ access to services for SAI?

During the fourth International Learning Alliance workshop  in Tanzania, members from SAIRLA research projects and National Learning Alliances were invited to share their lessons and experiences and share key findings and tools. Two research projects and three NLAs presented on the theme of services under which the SAIRLA programme explores the services are needed to […]

ILA 2019: How are issues of equity being considered in relation to sustainable agricultural intensification?

During the fourth International Learning Alliance workshop in Tanzania, members from SAIRLA research projects and National Learning Alliances were invited to share their lessons and experiences and share key findings and tools. Two research projects and two NLAs presented on the theme of equity under which the SAIRLA programme explores why and how issues of […]

Turning knowledge into power for Ethiopia’s farmers

If agricultural extension is to make a real difference for farmers, then responses and measurements of success need to go beyond simply trying to get them to adopt agricultural technology packages. SAIRLA’s National Learning Alliance in Ethiopia, together with the MoA-Directorate of Extension and other partners, hosted a workshop to encourage stakeholders to understand the […]

Learning from the most successful farmers: How can SAI be achieved in Southern Tanzania despite trade-offs?

New DFID-funded study demonstrates how research can identify promising strategies for SAI with innovative farmers who already achieve higher SAI performance than others Steinke et al. (2019): Prioritizing options for multi-objective agricultural development through the Positive Deviance approach. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0212926. The wired door gives a soft groan as Mariam Ally enters her brickwork […]

Farmers adopt indigenous ways to scale up productivity • Study reveals

A research project that seeks to understand how smallholder farmers are managing the trade-offs between production, sustainability and other socioeconomic and environmental factors has revealed that farmers are using pro-poor proven approaches to scale up productivity in a sustainable way. The agro-ecological practices adopted by the smallholder farmers within the research areas in the Upper […]

How data visualization helps to plan and evaluate the campaign approach

For more than two-thousand years, maps have been used to try to help us make understand the world. As we tried to make sense of the range of campaign activities that made up the Scaling Improved Legumes Technologies (SILT) project in Tanzania, our project partners at Farm Radio (FRI) suggested we produce a map. These […]