InnoFoodAfrica, WP3 Phase-I FPR Key Outcomes and Success
The implementation of Phase-I FPR in partner countries has been completed. Key findings and the outcomes of the participatory research indicated interesting results. While Kenya and Uganda have started the implementation of Phase-II FPR, Ethiopia and South Africa are under preparation for the next phase. In this Newsletter, we report the key findings recorded during Phase-I FPR.
During Phase-I FPR, eight faba bean, ten teff, nine maize and five OFSP varieties have been tested for their yield and adaptability and farmers acceptance in two districts of the Amhara Region. Accordingly, farmers have selected one variety that suits to their interest and with greater yield advantage. The selected varieties of these 4 crop species demonestrated yielding ability of as much as 1.1 to 3.8-fold higher than their local controls. The results were communicated with various stakeholders at field days and workshops.
Figure 1. Field day demonstration and communication during the workshop, ARARI, Ethiopia
Phase-I FPR in Uganda was conducted to test the adaptability and yielding ability of 10 cowpea, 12 finger millet, and 12 sorghum varieties. Five varieties from each crop have been promoted to phase-II FPR due to their outstanding ability as early maturing, greater pod, panicles and heads, drought tolerance, and pest resistance. In phase-II FPR these varieties will be confirmed for their recorded characteristic and a few of them will be recommended for the agricultural regions under consideration. Banana FPR is under implementation using 4 varieties.
Figure 2. Sorghum varieties under farmer management in Phase-I FPR, Uganda.
Better yields of cowpea obtained due to agronomic practices introduced to the project location. High yielding and preferred OFSP variety was identified.
Figure 3. OFSP in South Africa in phase-I FPR.
In Kenya phase-I FPR identified high yielding and adaptable varieties of cowpea, amaranth, finger millet and OFSP. Together with, appropriate rates of fertilizers, inoculants, farmyard manure applications, planting methods and planting materials have been identified and recommended for the next phase trial.
Figure 4. Amaranth FPR, Kenya