McKnight Foundation CCRP (Collaborative Crop Research Programme) Call for Concept Notes






The McKnight Foundation CCRP ( Collaborative Crop Research Programme) has issued two calls for concept notes within the West Africa and East and Horn of Africa specifically East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia) and the other West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger). Potential themes per region are :

East Africa Themes:

  1. Increasing cropping system sustainability and resilience, with a focus on regional crops, targeting endemic stresses, and an emphasis on water management in drier areas and agroecological pest management.
  2. Enhancing nutrition by improving the production, processing and consumption of vitamin- and micronutrient- rich crops. Proposals could focus on development household- or community-level utilization of indigenous or under-researched crops.
  3. Strengthening genetic approaches to improving the productivity and decreasing the vulnerability of locally-important crops that have received limited research attention and are important in overcoming nutrient deficiencies in existing diets beyond just the lack of food.
  4. Linking social, institutional and technical innovation by strengthening farmer organizations and small enterprises and enhancing their access to knowledge, technology and markets to promote livelihoods and reduce vulnerability.

West Africa Themes:

  1. Increasing cropping system sustainability and adaptation to abiotic stress, with a focus on regional crops and targeting such endemic stresses as low soil fertility, drought, heat, and salinity.
  2. Enhancing nutrition. Focus on innovations to improve production, marketing, processing and consumption of vitamin- and micronutrient- rich crops. Proposals could focus on development of methods for household- or community-level utilization of indigenous or under-researched crops.
  3. Linking farmers to markets. This may include rural entrepreneurship and commercialization, access to input and product markets, or value chain development, especially for regional crops. This goal is especially relevant for Burkina Faso.
  4. Developing productive safety nets to support investments by small-scale farmers in productivity-enhancing agricultural technology, such as improved seed. This research area includes but is not restricted to micro-insurance programs.

Two of the themes are the same for each region (cropping system sustainability and adaptation to abiotic stress and enhancing nutrition).

Deadline for submission is very close  (April 10 2009)

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