Project Profile

Enhanced regional food security in Southern Africa

Duration : October 1, 2010 - April 30, 2012
(Extended to December 31, 2012)

Enhanced Regional Food Security through Increased Agricultural Productivity - Productivity and Regionally Integrated Markets to Sustainably Reduce Hunger - The overall objective of this program is to facilitate a synergistic approach to capacity building, agriculture research, productivity, and marketing to improve food production and increase rural incomes in Southern Africa and respond to the US Government (USG) Feed the Future (FTF) Initiative. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is coordinating the program with regional implementing partners, to carry out capacity building, agriculture commodity research, marketing, and policy advocacy. These partners will apply agriculture research to improve food production technologies that respond to market demand. Geographically, the Program will focus in select FTF focus and aligned countries in Southern Africa namely: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and South Africa (as a strategic partner). The Program will demonstrate how agriculture research directly improves food security through increased production in a manner that is responsive to market requirements. The Program will demonstrate and lay the foundation on how the utilization of public and private sector partnering approaches can effectively link agricultural research, policy advocacy, and private seed industry. Specifically, IWMI will: (1) monitor and evaluate agricultural sector performance, growth and poverty trends in Southern Africa in the context of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the Southern African Development Community - Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (SADC-RISDP); (2) provide support for the establishment of the SADC Centre for Coordinating Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA); (3) Support the achievement of CAADP Pillar 1 by identifying options for scaling-up high-performance irrigation in Southern Africa; (4) Provide support to the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP); (5) Support the SADC – Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) seeds programme; and (6) provide a pass-through for funds to local partner organizations in Southern Africa (Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products ASNAPP).

Location(s): South Africa
Project Contact: Chilonda Pius
Donor(s): USAID Southern Africa
Research Collaborator(s) : Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network,

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI