This coordination conducts cross cutting activities on plant and animal research, with emphasis on agro-sylvo-pastoral systems, post-harvest processes, economics and rural sociology. This includes developing efficient systems and post-harvest technological packages from production to conservation, modeling performance and provision of guidelines for development and growth policies.

Objective

Contribute to improving the performance of crop, livestock and environmentally friendly farming systems through the development and use of value adding technologies, post-harvest processes and systems. The processes, systems and knowledge generated are sustainable (socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and economically viable) and capable of boosting stakeholders’ economic welfare, agricultural growth and development.

Research Programs

Socio-economics Program

This Program demonstrates and enhances the relevance of other research disciplines within the context of real-life situations in terms of social and economic applications of experimental and theoretical concepts. The Program supports policy based on empirical evidence to address food security issues, sustainable management of the environment, livelihood improvement, growth and development.

Intensification and Diversification Program

The objective of this program is to sustainably improve on the productivity of farming systems through effective and efficient allocation of resources and market linkages. This includes rational choices of input use, optimising farming system dynamics and spatial combination of agro-silvo-pastoral diversification practices. Thus, the program works towards introducing new crops or cropping systems to agriculture and livestock production, taking into account the value-addition processes and prevailing market opportunities.

Food Technology and Post-harvest program

The objective of this Program is to develop processing and preservation techniques to add value and reduce post harvest losses on crops and animal products. It conducts research activities in the areas of post-harvest processing and preservation of food. In addition to food quality improvement, the program actively builds the capacity of different stakeholders, thereby contributing to food security and revenue improvement.

Agroforestry Program

The objective of this Program is to conduct research towards improving the performance of multi-storey farming systems through optimized resource-use for crops and livestock. The main activities include:

  • Determining the contribution, function and impact of agroforestry systems in household strategies and welfare improvement;
  • Evaluating the performance of perennial crop based farming systems;
  • Ensuring optimal ecological intensification of agroforestry systems.

Salient Results

On-going Research Projects and Activities

Perspectives

  • Evaluate the impact of agricultural technologies for accountability, policy formulation geared at economic growth and development;
  • Assess agricultural value chains and undertake system dynamics modeling for performance improvement of priority speculations;
  • Set up Innovation Platforms for the improve the performance of agricultural value chains;
  • Mainstream climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive and gender responsive policies in agricultural research and development;
  • Train and build capacity of junior scientists and strengthen the public-private sector for technology uptake and valorization.

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