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Results & Outreach
scaleWAYS will improve understanding of the up scaling of local and regional land and water management practices for the sustainable intensification of rainfed and irrigated agriculture.
Scoping Study
The Lake Victoria Basin Commission has recruited the consultancy services of VIRED International to undertake a scoping study on the Status and Development Ambitions for Rice Cultivation and Fodder Production in the Extended Lake Victoria Basin (E-LVB), with the aim of assessing the baseline status of rice and fodder production in the basin with a view to inform subsequent work on Output Areas 2, 3 & 4.

The overall objective of the Scoping Study is to provide understanding on the status and development ambitions of rice and fodder production in the Extended Lake Victoria Basin (e-LVB) covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The specific objectives are:

  1. Assess and document the current production status and development plans / ambitions for rice production and fodder production including their integration into their respective production systems in the five EAC Partner States covering e-LVB including but not limited to distribution, methods of production, yield levels, production efficiency, demand, specific production practices among others;
  2. Assess and document the prevailing institutional and policy frameworks at regional (basin) and national levels (States) that either hinder or promote sustainable intensification in rice and fodder production in each of the five LVB countries;
  3. Identify and map key stakeholders in the rice and fodder production in e-LVB and illustrate their role and responsibilities in detail (narrative description, as well as graphically); and
  4. Identify key pilot projects and / or key implemented policy practices per country on sustainable intensification options of both, rice and fodder production (rainfed and irrigated) in e-LVB.
Multi-dimensional up-scaling simulations
A biophysical and economic model for scaling the sustainable intensification of production system options for rice and fodder is developed and tested in the extended Lake Victoria Basin.
  1. Multi-dimensional analysis framework and methodology guide produced and disseminated – The research design is documented in a working paper describing the biophysical suitability and agro-economic analysis and includes the applicable methodologies and workplan for carrying out these analyses;
  2. A bio-physical modelling tool produced or adapted from existing models/tools – Modelling tools selected and description of biophysical and agro-economic modelling approach; The modelling tools are fully described and placed in a holistic research framework and presented at a researchers’ workshop for further input and refinement;
  3. Model/tool is applied and run for 2 agro ecological settings across the Lake Victoria Basin – The modelling tools will be applied to two (2) agricultural production systems instead of 2 agro-ecological settings. The Community Water Model (CWatM), and the global Agroecological Zoning model (GAEZ) have been selected as the most suitable for carrying out this study. Some initial adjustments of the tools and localization to the study area have been undertaken. In addition, contacts have been established with partners to carry out additional remote sensing under the EO4SD Lab (Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Lab) with the company GeoVille based in Innsbruck/Austria.

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Political Economy Analysis
In addition to the biophysical and economic modelling exercises undertaken within output Area 2, Output Area 3 will further explore the political economy setting of rice and fodder production in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) as well as the challenges to and potential of scaling sustainable agricultural production within these sectors.

To achieve this objective, gaining a deeper understanding into the actor network involved in rice and fodder crop production; the barriers and enablers towards the adoption of sustainable intensification practices and the role of actors in fostering and mitigating such; conflicts, but also synergies and trade-offs within a multi-level and multi-actor system; and explore governance designs towards the scaling of such practices and thus a systems transformation towards development through such sustainable intensification practices, is imperative.

In addition, researchers at IIASA and ICRISAT aim to understand the gender dimensions within these aspects and the potential of such a transformation to include and empower women in the region.

The conceptual framework developed within this project is anchored in current scientific discussions regarding political economy, institutional and organisational change, as well as sustainability transition studies. They are aiming to provide in-depth understandings of individual and societal motivations and constraints (including those specific to gender) dimensions of agency and power dynamics between actors.

This conceptual framework will be operationalized in four research steps:

  1. A stakeholder analysis will provide insights into actors, institutions and the convergence spaces within which decisions are made.
  2. In depth interviews on the macro and meso levels will serve to elicit (gendered) barriers and enablers towards sustainable intensification of rice and fodder crop farming practices on the national and sub-national levels.
  3. Ten Focus Group Discussions per site with local actors will represent the bulk of empirical data collection regarding the challenges, barriers and motivations regarding the transformation towards intensified, sustainable agricultural practices.
  4. Moving from problem identification, which will be done via the analyses in the previous steps, a co-design process with relevant regional stakeholders will explore problem solutions. Within this workshop actors will jointly design strategies towards scaling sustainable intensification of rice and fodder crop production.

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Capacity Development, Outreach and Knowledge Sharing
scaleWAYS has adopted several mechanisms and strategies to enhance outreach and knowledge sharing so that the capacities of practitioners and researchers from regional and local institutions from academia, government, NGOs and business advanced in the scope of the research project.
A key aspect of this strategy is the Community of Practice, which was established in February 2020 with supporting instruments that it remains functional even when the project ends.
Through scaleWAYS-East Africa, project partners hope they will be able to distribute their results and support ongoing research and capacity building efforts in the Lake Victoria basin and beyond, with at least one (1) annual face-to-face meeting of the core group of the Community of Practice envisaged through the planned annual researchers’ workshops and other stakeholder meetings, and at least four (4) webinars per year organised and held targeting the membership of the Community of Practice.
Furthermore, scaleWAYS will make use of a suite of modern communication strategies to reach out to a wider audience worldwide but more specifically to policy makers in the Lake Victoria basin. For example, at least two (2) policy briefs will be produced for the Sectorial Council of Ministers of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (SECOM) of LVBC. This will be complimented by context specific newsletters, as well as the strategic use of social media outlets.
Additional activities will include:
  1. Analysis with CoP members on relevant topics targeting specific needs;
  2. CoP core group decides on suitable webinar topics from key research outputs of relevance to the members;
  3. Identify experts preferably from ScaleWAYS to prepare and make presentations on topics identified;
  4. Identify and work with co-hosting partners;
  5. Work with LVBC and other suitable outlets for dissemination and outreach;
Capacity building is another strong element of scaleWAYS capacity development, outreach and knowledge sharing strategy. This is being undertaken through a dedicated scaleWAYS research grant for MSc students registered at a university in the Lake Victoria basin countries.
The intention of the research grant is to financially support the MSc research component of 10 MSc students to undertake research within the scope of the scaleWAYS project, i.e. research that support upscale of resilient water and agricultural systems in the Lake Victoria Basin covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The MSc research proposals are designed to include specific elements on rice and fodder production but also a broader understanding of the agricultural production systems where rice and fodder production play an important role.
A request for expression of interest was launched in November 2019 through April 2020 to provide sufficient time for students carrying scaleWAYS related research work in the Lake Victoria Basin to apply. The supervision of the MSc students is being carried out by the students’ designated supervisors in the academic institution where they are duly registered for their studies. Midterm evaluation and final assessment and review of MSc research progress is being undertaken by an assigned researcher from the partners in the scaleWAYS Project.

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