Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS): Stories from the hubs


Presentation Description

The roll out of CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) has begun so join Bill Downing, along with Tabeth Chuita, Anne-Marie Schwarz and Kevin Camp as they share their experiences from Zambia, Solomon Islands and Bangladesh. Presented at WorldFish HQ, Penang, Malaysia, 28th June 2012.


Presentation Transcript

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought Voices from the Hubs June 2012

About AAS:

About AAS We work to improve the lives of people the Green Revolution failed to reach. We do this by reducing poverty and hunger in rural families who farm, fish and rear livestock in the world’s large rivers, deltas and coastal systems. We think with people, not for people With communities changing lives

AAS – a Dragon:

AAS – a Dragon Pioneering Intelligence Wise Passionate Flexible


Update 2012 roll out in Zambia, B’Desh and SI 2013 roll out in Cambodia and Philippines Living our values – team effort Intensive learning while doing Great progress

Activity Sequence:

Activity Sequence



AAS Roll Out in Zambia:

AAS Roll Out in Zambia Key Activities Programming and Planning Hub Scoping Inception of Diagnosis and Design Process Dialogue and Communication

Barites Hub Roll Out :

Barites Hub Roll Out Hub office space Hub staffing Hub Research Manager Community Development Facilitator Office support staff Hire of M & E officer; and Communication/Information/Knowledge management officer – in progress Procurement of equipment PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING

AAS Roll Out in Zambia:

AAS Roll Out in Zambia Analysis of AAS programme in national setting Hub Development Challenge Stakeholder Consultation Workshop Hub Scoping - Working in Partnership BRE PPS PACO UNZA ZFA CO - WP Media

AAS Roll Out in Zambia:

AAS Roll Out in Zambia Hub Scoping - Observations Poverty rates of over 83% female-headed households [70% of 205 households] Main Livelihood strategy mixed livelihood strategy Very poor infrastructure [roads] – limited access to services & markets Absence of a formal land use planning in place Scattered and temporary nature of settlements and production points [Transhumance system ]

AAS Roll Out in Zambia:

AAS Roll Out in Zambia Hub Scoping - Observations Low Economic Productivity Floodplain is a dynamic system characterised by high variability and vulnerability short and variable seasons Flooding and drought [prompting transhumance & crop looses] Poor and sandy soils in both the floodplain and uplands Very weak supply chains for agricultural inputs and improved technologies lack of good, consistent and well-adapted seed [e.g. rice] Declining cattle population and quality Animals disease and shortage of pasture

AAS Roll Out in Zambia:

AAS Roll Out in Zambia Participation 45 Participants Farmers & Fishers Private Sector Government Civil society [NGOs] Research Traditional Authority Participation by Gender 27% female 73% male Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

Solomon Islands :

Solomon Islands

The Hub:

The Hub Central Western Eastern

Two overarching challenges:

Two overarching challenges Within AAS in Malaita a number of challenges have been identified and a number of opportunities. T wo challenges that operate over long time periods and will require long term investment to resolve are High population pressure Declining marine resources and collapse of cash earning commodities (e.g. bêche -de- mer )

Malaita Province AAS Development Challenge:

Malaita Province AAS Development Challenge The people of Malaita face major challenges from rising population and diminishing marine resources. The development challenge is to improve their lives through more productive, diversified livelihoods that empower communities to be better able to adapt to change and make more effective use of their resources. The research challenge we will address with the people of Malaita is to develop and test alternative approaches to livelihood diversification and resource stewardship that will accelerate development and restore the productivity of their resources”.


Partnerships Core partnerships well on the road to establishment ADVRC [The World Vegetable Center] KGA [local agricultural NGO] World Vision Core partnerships being built MFMR, MAL, Bioversity , IWMI

Learning for the next hub:

Learning for the next hub STAFFING Clarity on necessary roles PROVINICAL GOVERNMENT Strong role to play Opportunity ARTICULATING the development challenge



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(Pairing of AAS with existing CGIAR priorities)

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AAS AAS How to integrate other WFC projects? (Getting everyone to think about the future rather than today is not easy!)

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The Challenges are Many Social and Economic Women’s constraints for increased equitable engagement Income verses nutrition versus biodiversity Future farmers: who are they and what do they need? Agriculture systems that are not responsive to impact group Control by and for elites Physical Weather (flooding and droughts) Drainage Sea levels Salinity (The number of challenges really complicates our way forward.)

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Excitement!! The challenges are many but so are the opportunities Salinity Markets Landscape engineering options Water-logging Women and children Private sector input / market systems Large number of actors Off-farm labor opportunities A focus on farmer research capacity (More convinced than ever of AAS being a game-changer.)

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