The project goal is to increase research relevance and positive impacts for female Bambara nut farmers through the institutionalization of Farmer Research Network and use of agro-ecological intensification in female farmers’ field. The project has the following specific objectives:
- Enhance self-confidence and efficiency of female farmers’ organizations of 30 villages in Burkina Faso. Each of these farmers’ organizations will be a base unit of “Farmers Research Network”.
- Promote the leadership of each female farmers’ organization in each village for the identification of female farmer farming and Bambara nut based farming systems’ constraints, the inventory of adapted local and global scientific available knowledge able to solve identified constraints, the designing and the implementation of experiments, the recording of field data, the monitoring and the evaluation of experiments and activities and, the dissemination of results and highlights by a farmer-to-farmer approach.
- Characterize with each female farmers’ organizations the current status of female farmers’ farming system, intermediate and final status to be reached in the process of using AEI principles and sub-principles.
- Negotiate and reinforce with each female farmers’ organizations the authentic collaborative engagement for the co-learning and the co-creation of context-specific options that optimize each individual female farmers’ farming system. Research experiments by farmers will be applied.
- Generate options by context for improving Bambara nut based farming system and female farmer farming system in each village according socio-economic and biophysical characteristics.
- Enhance female farmers’ capacity, community seed multiplication, participatory varietal selection and legume breeding for strengthening the resilience and the sustainability of female farmers’ farming system.
Intended Outputs and Outcomes
Output1: Each female farmers’ organization represents an FRN base unit and all their members are aware that the project in each village is to solve female farmers’ field constraints in the Bambara nut based farming system and, to move from conventional agricultural systems to a resilient and sustainable farming system using agro ecological intensification (AEI).
Intended Outcome1: Each female farmers’ organization used as FRN base unit and members are self-confident that they are fully performers and masters to initiate, test, implement, evaluate any experiment and activity and to choose options adapted to their context of agriculture.
Output2: Members of the FRN base unit in each village identified in collaboration with researchers the constraints that reduce the diversity, the beneficial influence of interactions and intersections of difference in social, cultural, economic, organizational, biological and physical domains of the Bambara nut and female farmers’ farming systems.
Intended Outcome2: Female farmers and FRN members are aware and strengthened through co-learning in implementing research and development axed on the solving of farmers constraints themselves and in collaboration with researchers. Principles of experimentation that farmers need to understand are fully shared within le community of the project.
Output3: In each village, female farmers’ organization and members are aware on the first three following levels of the transition and integration of the three compounds of agro ecology required for moving to a sustainable and efficient food system (Gliessman, 2015).
Intended Outcome3: All partners knew phases to be achieved, difficulties and constraints to be overcame and gaps to be filled for an efficient transition to a performed and equilibrated agro ecosystem without compromising the natural resource base.
Output4: Individual members of each female farmers’ organization are engaged through FRN and large N trials implemented for co-learning and co-creating options adapted to their socio economic and biophysical conditions.
Intended Outcome4: Members of each female farmers’ organization at village level solve their constraints and improve their livelihood through social and technical innovations.
Output5: Members of female farmers’ organizations and researchers implemented large N trials at village level for generating accurate options by context results that enhance the efficiency and the performance of the female farmers’ and Bambara nut farming systems.
Intended Outcome5: Members of female farmers’ organizations produce food and cash crops using the options they generated and adapted to enhance their farming system.
Output6: Members of female farmers’ organizations are able to conduct autonomously and more objectively through their organization, an accurate diagnostic of their farming system, their organization management and all related farming activities that contribute to the sustainability and resilience to their Farming system.
Intended Outcome6: The sustainability and the efficiency of the female farmers’ and Bambara nut farming systems are enhanced through accurate management of farmers’ of organizations and wide used of best and adapted practices AEI at farm and village levels by members of female farmers’ organizations.