Strengthening the ‘End Hunger’ campaign in Kongwa, Tanzania

Participants at the meeting in Kongwa. Photo: ICRISAT

Participants at the meeting in Kongwa. Photo: ICRISAT

Lending support for the Ondoa Njaa Kongwa (End hunger Kongwa) campaign regional and international agricultural research institutes shared research results from key initiatives in the region at a meeting held recently.

The research results presented were on: aflatoxin mitigation, food safety and market competitiveness, gliricidia-pigeonpea legume technologies, maize-pigeonpea intercropping using phosporus fertilizer microdosing, improving poultry genetics and feeding for enhanced productivity, integrated crop and livestock management technologies, and improved seeds for quality protein maize among others. The results were presented by representatives from Hombolo Agricultural Research Institute, Selian Agricultural Research Institute and ICRISAT.

The researchers also emphasized on the importance of scaling up techniques such as mother-baby techniques, farmer field schools, demos, field days and Going Beyond Demos (GBDs).

The Kongwa District Council initiated the movement and named the ICRISAT-led Africa RISING project as the backbone of the campaign to end hunger in the central Tanzanian district of Kongwa. The participatory research approach adopted for solving crop and livestock production challenges in the region were appreciated by Mr Deogratias Ndejembi, District Commissioner, Kongwa. He said the project came at the right time to catalyze the campaign by leading a collaborative scaling up of proven crops and livestock technologies.

The Africa RISING program is being implemented in the semi-arid areas of Kongwa and Kiteto districts in Tanzania by ICRISAT in partnership with ARI-Hombolo, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and University of Dodoma (UDOM), the International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The campaign meeting was held on 20-21 October.

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