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Goal: Threats to food security caused by agricultural crises in the Great Lakes Region of Eastern and Central Africa are reduced

SO 1: Regional stakeholders institutionalize coordinated agricultural disaster response mechanisms

CMD and BXW have both been addressed at the regional level, and actions so far taken to coordinate responses to these two pandemics have been described in the Problem Description section above. The C3P, however, offers an excellent opportunity to build on and expand regional coordination mechanisms – especially bringing NGOs, research institutions and governments together. The key components of the coordination approach are: (1) mobilize key stakeholders; (2) build on existing efforts; and (3) forge lasting information systems.

IR 1.1: Regional response to CMD and BXW is well coordinated 
  • Regional planning workshop is convened 
  • RSC is organized 
  • CCUs are established 
  • M & E System set up 
  • Website developed 
  • Collaborative linkages developed with related projects

IR 1.2: GIS technology links data on disease to data on vulnerability to food insecurity 

  • Regional databases established on status of food security, CMD prevalence and BXW prevalence
  • Factors which pose risks to food security (diseases, drought, etc.) are quantified on a regional basis 
  • GIS model established which depicts food security risks arising from diseases, pests and abiotic factors
  • GIS system linked to the dynamic development of scenarios (diseases and pests, drought, production and market forecasts, demographic changes)

IR 1.3: Existing institutions carry forward proven methods for coordination and knowledge sharing regarding agricultural disasters 

  • Critical components of an agriculture disasters response unit identified 
  • Institutional framework for disaster response established with network of partners 
  • Plan for early warning system developed 
  • Plan for dissemination of early warning information developed 
  • Plan negotiated with ASARECA for location of disasters response network within the regional research body 
  • Proposal prepared for establishment of disasters response network

SO 2: Farmers employ effective measures to control CMD and BXW
To achieve SO 2, CRS will employ a two-pronged strategy of multiplication and distribution along with education and extension activities. CRS’ existing relationships with indigenous organizations will facilitate a “quick-start” to take advantage of the imminent planting season. CRS has letters of agreement with a total of 16 national and international NGO partners committed to quick start activities.

IR 2.1: Effective control of CMD is achieved through multiplication and distribution of CMD resistant varieties and promotion of improved management practices

  • Locations and quantities of planting material of CMD resistant varieties determined 
  • 542 ha of CMD resistant varieties planted for multiplication during LOP; > 4,750,000 m of cuttings produced before 2007 growing season 
  • Quality control measures in place at multiplication sites 
  • Assessment made of cassava planting material management systems 
  • A demand driven approach (subsidization by issuance of vouchers) for dissemination of improved cassava varieties is introduced 
  • Stakeholders organized for establishment of national networks for multiplication and dissemination of good quality planting material of CMD resistant varieties
  • Publicity about CMD resistant varieties and sources of quality planting material provided through local mass media, demonstrations and posters/pamphlets
  • Curriculum and materials developed for training in CMD management 
  • Regional training: Teams of > 7 extension staff per country trained in CMD management approaches
  • Country-level training: > 50 extension staff and > 500 farmers in each country trained by country training teams in BXW management

IR 2.2: Effective control of BXW is achieved through promotion of improved disease management techniques and through multiplication and distribution of wilt-escaping varieties 

  • Farmer-preferred wilt-escaping varieties identified in target countries (Uganda and DRC) 
  • Locations and quantities of wilt-escaping varieties identified
  • More than 5 extensionists and 20 farmers trained in macro-propagation in each targeted district in Uganda; 20 extensionists and 100 farmers trained in each of the other 5 countries 
  • At least 10 macro-propagation units established in each targeted district in Uganda; 10 units established in each of the other 5 countries 
  • 300 farmers per targeted district in Uganda and 300 farmers in each of other 5 countries received and planted 40 suckers 
  • Publicity about wilt-escaping varieties and sources of quality planting material provided through local mass media, demonstrations and posters/pamphlets 
  • Curriculum and materials developed for training in BXW management 
  • Regional training: Teams of > 7 extension staff per country trained in BXW management approaches 
  • Country-level training: >50 extension staff and > 500 farmers in each country trained in BXM management by country training teams
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