Promoting Rural Innovations through Participatory Tree Domestication in West and Central Africa

Published on 10 November 2010

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Start Date: 27 November 2008 | End Date: 26 November 2011


The Goal of the programme is increased rural household income and the measurable impact on farmers livelihoods through uptake of participatory tree domestication in West and Central Africa. This programme shall target smallholder farmers who have the highest potential for kick-starting and supporting self-sustained growth and employment in rural areas.

This programme has four main components. These are as follows.
1. Increase Uptake of Tree Domestication through mechanisms and policies for improved propagation,integration and marketing of agroforestry tree products( AFTPs).
This component seeks to develop and disseminate techniques, mechanisms and policies that allow farmers to improve the propagation, inntegration and marketing of AFTPs.
2. Enable rural actors to adapt and disseminate tree domestication through targeted tools, methods and training.
This component focuses on building human capacities in order to generate and use the knowledge & skills. Its activities will centre on the development of knowledge-based networks for learning and organisational reinforcement of programme partners.
3. Communication and partnerships for dissemination of TD technologies.
This component of the Programme aims at further developing effective communication to bilateral and multilateral institutions, civil society and governmental structures at local, national and intemationallevels.
4. Design and Implement a systematic monitoring and evaluation strategy.
Monitoring & Evaluation is an intrinsic part of this programme because the strategy to be put in place will not only allow to measure Programme progress and steer implementation, but also keep track of the changes tree domestication brings about in farmers’ livelihoods (income, nutrition, health, education,) and at community as well as landscape level (environment, institutions, networks).

The objectives of this programme are as follows.
1.Promote tree domestication in a broadened scope which encourages rural innovation. In continuing to disseminate and support tree domestication processes at grassroots level, the programme will empower stakeholders (and especially the poor) to become agents of change in their society.
2. Enable rural actors to adapt and disseminate tree domestication in order to improve farmers’ livelihoods. This entails the development of knowledge-based networks or partnerships for learning as well as institutional and organisational reinforcement. The challenge is to help grassroots partners acquire technical skills and become active players locally.
3. Effectively communicate the contribution of tree domestication to poverty alleviation.
The communication strategy will continue to target bilateral and multilateral institutions, the civil society and government structures at local, national and international levels. The strategy will seek to transform tree domestication from a mere technical entry point into an effective pro-poor welfare improvement mechanism.
4. Design and implement a monitoring and evaluation strategy that enables to keep track document and provide feedback on programme management, the extent of tree domestication uptake and its impacts at farmer/household, village and landscape levels. Monitoring and evaluation will also allow the programme to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its dissemination approaches.

The programme will deliver the following outputs
1. Increased uptake of participatory tree domestication through: (i) improved access to high quality germplasm at affordable prices; (ii) better tools and methods to assist tree integration decision making; (iii) efficient and timely AFTP market information system run by stakeholders; ( iv) formalised agreements between producers and private sector for
sales and processing of AFTP; and (v) improved measures to accelerate adoption;
2. Adaptable tools, methods and training material to strengthen the capacities of rural actors in tree domestication;
3. Effective and timely communication channels to support tree domestication technology dissemination; and
4. An M&E strategy that keep track of progress made, and provides feedback for enhanced results and impact on target groups at the various levels (farmer, household, village and landscape).


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