Contribute to increased agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Eastern Uganda using the farmer research network (FRN) approach.
1. Build the capacity of partners to engage in collaborative, farmer-driven research and innovation processes using FRN approaches.
2. Assess locally adapted sorghum and millet options among smallholder farmers in Amuria, Palisa and Ngora districts for enhancing farmers’ uptake of options that suit their varied social, economic and ecological contexts and needs.
3. Establish community based sorghum and finger millet seed systems.
4. Enhance knowledge and information generation, documentation, sharing and dissemination using the FRN Model in Amuria, Palisa and Ngora districts of Uganda.
1. The capacity of FRN partners built on FRN approaches, on-farm experimentation, seed production, data collection and management.
2. Establishment of functional FRNs in Amuria, Palisa and Ngora districts of Uganda.
3. Improved and locally adapted sorghum and finger millet varieties identified and grown by farmers.
4. Establishment of well-developed community seed systems that supply the locally adapted cereal seed.
5. Establishment of knowledge based platforms within the FRNS for learning, sharing and disseminating information.
1. A system in which farmers have access to production technologies that are suited to their agricultural systems, leading to system improvement and translating to increased agricultural productivity, access and enhanced food and income security in Eastern Uganda.
2. Farmers who are empowered to set their own research agenda, conduct experiments in their own contexts are innovative and use knowledge gained to make their agriculture more productive.
3. A research system in which there is deep engagement of multiple players, which is well managed and responsive to and adequately addresses the needs of the farmers.