ASARECA basket of goods summarised in 2013 Annual Report: Celebrating the impacts
2013 was a very significant year in ASARECA’s work in mobilising regional collective action to tackle challenges affecting people in Eastern and Central Africa. In 2013, ASARECA ended implementation of the first Operational Plan (OP1), which ran from 2008 - 2013. By the end of the year, a total of 409 different agricultural technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPs) were either generated or improved to suit farmers’ demands. In addition, 498 TIMPs were availed for uptake by targeted stakeholders, leading to significant benefits to the beneficiaries. For example, through the adoption of labour-saving equipment such as ox-planters, ox-weeders, ox-rippers and threshers, farmers reported reductions in drudgery by up to 75% per acre. Over 4,600 ha of land were dedicated to improved TIMPs, especially for the production and multiplication of quality pre-basic, basic and certified seeds of selected crops. A total of 422,176 rural households directly benefited from ASARECA-related support initiatives, and over 2.5 million individuals directly benefited from an assortment of ASARECA support initiatives. Furthermore, 270,000 farmers and other stakeholders have adopted new TIMPs generated and availed for uptake from project- related interventions. This led to an increase in net crop production value of US$73.4 million within the OP1 period. Food security improved for beneficiary households over the OP1 period by 7% points, compared to an increase of 1% point for non-beneficiaries. Recognizing that much of the progress we note in 2013 builds upon work that was started in the previous years of OP1 implementation, this edition of ASARECA annual report features selected successes of ASARECA work over the last five years. The stories in this report demonstrate how ASARECA research for development work impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Central Africa.