AGRA Project

Background

Agriculture is the most important livelihood sector in Africa, contributing to over 50% of GDP. African countries committed to implement the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a continent-wide agenda to transform Africa’s agriculture. Through CAADP African countries are working towards using agriculture as pathway to meet the Sustainable Development Goals of ending hunger and poverty.  African countries aim to achieve these CAADP goals by building the capacity of champions, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead and manage the structures needed for African-led agriculture transformation.  Availability of quality data and information are critical to facilitate evidence- based policy design, planning, programming and monitoring and evaluation to ensure effective achievement of intended agriculture sector development outcomes.

 

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Although the importance of having strong data systems in the agriculture sector is well appreciated in Africa, this is an area where many African countries still face major challenges. Agricultural information and data on the continent are poorly collected and managed, compromising evince-based decision making across the agricultural value chain. For instance, the information collection and linkages between the policy making organs (ministries) in government, and the downstream stakeholders (farmers, research and extension, agro-dealers, markets, input providers, etc.) along a production chain are often weak or non-existent. The project seeks to contribute towards addressing these data related challenges in four countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Mozambique) from 27th May 2019 to 26th May 2021. By strengthening capacity of the technical officers involved in agriculture monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the project countries, it is envisaged that this project will contribute significantly to the implementation of the CAADP principle of mutual accountability to results and evidence-based policy and planning. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented through a grant by AGRA to the RCMRD. The key project implementers are the RCMRD, AGRA and the government agriculture ministries in the project countries.

 

Objectives, Outputs and Outcomes of the Project

The goal of the project is to build the capacity of governments' ministries of agriculture to monitor agricultural value chain investments using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Earth observation information thereby strengthening their capacity for evidence-based policy, programming and M&E. Specifically, the project will deliver the following outputs:

a)      Geo-information System/ Portal for tracking key CAADP indicators and agriculture investments in each of the project countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique). The country portals will have modules to facilitate analytics to answer specific decision-making questions in the agriculture sector ministries.
b)     Capacity strengthening on the use of remote sensing and GIS data for agricultural decision-making
c)      Training of the technical officers in the government to effectively track key changes in the agriculture sector
d)     National maps on crop suitability, climate risks, soil properties generated annually

 

GeoHUB - A research, development, Innovation and incubation section at RCMRD

This section offers an opportunity for innovative activities to spur new development or improve the existing ones so as to fit a wider market spectrum. GeoHUB acts as an incubator for innovative ideas, businesses idea start up, application development, and research.

As a regional institution that deals with provision of geospatial services in Eastern and Southern Africa, what separates and makes us unique is the fact that we are tapping into the vast knowledge in Earth Observation “GEO” activities drawn from our 20 member states, thus a one stop Geo shop. Through the GeoHUB, RCMRD will come up with targeted products for the member states based on “Hot Topics” and develop prototypes to solve the societal problems. In addition, GeoHub offers a platform for mentorship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The goal of GeoHUB is to transform data into information, and information into insight

While collaborations are inevitable in Research and Development, GeoHUB offer a space where various experts, specialists and scientist in the Geo fields can tap into the various resources available at RCMRD in the form of collaboration, data access, product testing, hosting and leveraging on project grants among others. GeoHUB is open to anyone who have secured research grants or co-write a research proposal for funding with RCMRD. Kindly reach to us using through this email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at +254723786161

The research themes that GeoHUB will seek to address are listed below:

  • Biodiversity, Landscapes and Ecosystems
  • Disaster Risk, Reduction & Resilience
  • Sustainable Energy Development
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Land and Urban Development
  • Water resources Management
  • Social – Economic sciences
  • Baseline data development

BIOPAMA

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme aims to assist the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in developing a framework for improving technical and institutional approaches to conserve biodiversity, in protected and conserved areas, through regional cooperation and capacity building activities. These actions are structured around the work of a series of Regional Observatories (RO) for protected areas across the ACP, managed by regional institutions, and housing Regional Reference Information Systems (RRIS) with tools and services that stakeholders can use to monitor and report on the status of biodiversity and PAs. In the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region, the observatory will be known as the Regional Resource Hub.

BIOPAMA is jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) and RCMRD will be the host institution for this observatory.

Protected areas are one of the cornerstones and fundamental strategies for promoting and conserving biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being – at local and global scale. For the Eastern and Southern African region, this has been acknowledged at regional level through various regional strategies and policies and at international level through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which sets an ambitious framework for the future development of the world’s protected area system, as well as in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The BIOPAMA programme also implements an Action Component which comprises a grants programme to support specific actions on the ground in priority conservation landscapes that are aimed at strengthening protected area (PA) and natural resource management effectiveness and governance. The Action Component involves the implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of small to medium sized grants. In order to ensure the efficacy of the grants programme, it is important to align proposals with identified national and regional priorities.

NELGA Continental Land Web Portal and Data Repository

The objective of implementing up a Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) Web Portal and Data Repository will be to make information (in the form of existing research, data, maps etc.) available to researchers on the continent and beyond to carry out applied research to inform policy dialogue and reforms, as well as providing them with the necessary data to monitor government policy and program implementation. The proposed portal and its functions are in particular intended to address one of the most quoted needs for land tenure information specifically cadastral and registry data in a specific region.

 What is NELGA (Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa)

The overall objective will be defined by the following benchmarks:

  • Hosting the Web Portal and Date
  • Undergo the Data Collection & Assessment at country levels for a total of 4 countries
  • Lead the User Engagement to define the data needs and buy-in of stakeholders;
  • Carry out Communication, Outreach and Awareness activities to ensure the sustainability of the data repository;
  • Carry out Capacity Building activities at country level with users/providers of data

 

RCMRD NELGA Internal Kick Off Meeting Held

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