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Synthesis of RUFORUM Technologies, Innovations and Management Practice (TIMPs)

Introduction

The major outcome of RUFORUM supported research is knowledge and technologies generated that are passed on to the national agricultural research and extension systems for scaling up. Research initiated through graduate training has resulted into the generation of several technologies including elite varieties of drought tolerant indigenous crops and contributed to approaches for sustainable use of natural resources for enhanced livelihoods in the region. Adoption of new crop varieties and commodity production practices from the research has contributed to improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers. RUFORUM estimates that the assortment of technologies generated have reached over one million beneficiaries through extension, seed systems and supportive policies. Adoption of new crop varieties and commodity production practices from the research has contributed to improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers and solving real community problems. This document aims at sharing knowledge and innovations to solve cross-cutting problems in agriculture in the African Continent and globally and contribute to productivity and growth of the agricultural and related sectors.

Definition of terms

Technology: Refers to outputs of a research process beneficial to the target clientele, can be commercialized and can be patented under intellectual property rights arrangements.

Innovation: Is a modification of an existing technology for an entirely different use from the original intended use.

Management practice: Refers to recommendations/practices that are considered necessary for a technology to achieve its optimum output. This includes different agronomic and practices, protection methods, for crops; and feed rations, management systems, disease control methods, etc. for livestock. This information accompanies the parent technology before it is finally released to users and the technology would be incomplete without this information

The technologies, innovations and management practices have been summarized according to the major thematic areas including; crop improvement; livestock management; agribusiness/marketing; climate change & environment; extension and rural innovations; soil health & fertility; ICTS in agriculture; agroforestry & crop protection; and, gender in agriculture.
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