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					 Enhancing the adoption of animal
traction conservation agriculture in
            Zimbabwe


   Walter Mupangwa, Christian Thierfelder,
   Isaiah Nyagumbo, Stephanie Cheesman

               28 March 2011
Projects focus
            Promotion of CA equipment




Fitarelli jab-planter   AT Direct seeder   Magoye ripper




    Basin planting
• Capacity building - NGOs and
NARES in the use of animal
traction CA systems

• Development and                     Pre-season training of
dissemination of CA equipment         implementing partners



• Provision of a credit facility to
farmers to purchase CA
equipment and herbicides
Projects design
Work with partners – innovation network
                 Grownet/
                  HASTT




      Input                            NGOs/
    Suppliers                          AREX

                  Smallholder
                   Farmers




                                CSFS
        CIMMYT
• Targeted communities – adapted research on
farmers’ fields

• CIMMYT provides technical support to partners –
training, extension materials

• CIMMYT conducts biophysical and socio-economic
research on the animal traction CA options
             What has worked well




• Training implementing partners
• 190 on-farm demonstrations established for 2010/11
         … What has worked well




• Development of 2 seeder prototypes
          … What has worked well




• Farmers accessing CA equipment and herbicides
  through a revolving fund
• 38 farmers bought CA equipment
  and glyphosate
                Challenges

                         • Late start of the
                         project

                         • Late delivery of inputs
                         and CA equipment to
                         farmers

Delayed planting on CA
 demonstration plots
                    … Challenges




Incessant rains in January 2011   Poor weed control
        - waterlogging
                    … Challenges
                                 • Locally assembled direct
                                 seeder had multiple
                                 operational problems

                                 • Lack of mulching
                                 materials

                                 • Poor relations between
                                 implementing partners
Long dry spell – February 2011
                   Lessons learnt
• Community based research – understand where
technology works and does not work

• First year is full of challenges - > 1 season to
promote technologies

• Working with private sector – way of promoting CA
technology

• Partner selection critical for success – same agenda

• Avail credit facilities to smallholder farmers
                   Way forward
• More training to partners – CA equipment & herbicides

• Continue with revolving fund

• Further testing & perfecting CA equipment prototypes

• Bring in more partners especially CA equipment
manufacturers to push prices down

• More research on socio-economic and biophysical
impact of CA systems

• Provide extension materials
Thank you

				
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