The Overall Program

For the most complete overview of the program, read the Africa RISING Program Framework and read about it here.


About Africa RISING


The Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) program comprises three research-for-development projects supported by the United States Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. Through action research and development partnerships, Africa RISING will create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base.

The three regional projects are led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (in West Africa and East and Southern Africa) and the International Livestock Research Institute (in the Ethiopian Highlands). The International Food Policy Research Institute leads the program’s monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.
The overall aim is to transform agricultural systems through sustainable intensification projects in three regions of Africa:
  • Sustainable Intensification of Cereal-based Farming Systems in the Guinea-Savannah Zone of West Africa – led by IITA
  • Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems to improve food security and farm income diversification in the Ethiopian highlands – led by ILRI
  • Sustainable intensification of maize-legume-livestock integrated farming systems in Eastern and Southern Africa – led by IITA

These regions were chosen based on analysis of cropping systems, poverty, population, country development priorities, and the potential for successfully improving agricultural productivity. These projects will also contribute to the CGIAR’s integrated ‘systems’ research programs on drylands and on the humid tropics.

Important pointers for the program

Except for the program framework which was finalised in 2013, the other links mentioned below relate to older conversations. They may not be all up-to-date. The best entry point to the program is the program framework.


Important components of the program



Background information (the history of the program)

Key elements emerging/decided from the three inception workshops

1. We call this the AFRICA RISING 'Program' [Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation]
2. The Program has three constituent 'Projects' [in West Africa, Ethiopia Highlands, East and Southern Africa]
3. The Program has its own Impact Targets, Purpose, Objectives and Outcomes that are addressed through the Projects
4. The Program is developing a common 'research design approach' or framework that generally specifies the assumptions and hypotheses being tested, sets out a conceptual framework - as well as target scale, scope and boundaries of the projects. This to ensure maximum spillover.
5. Each Project has its own Activities and Outputs, including planned 'early wins' for 2012.
6. The Program has a light 'Program Coordination Team' (PCT) and a linked M&E Project (led by IFPRI)
7. Each Project has its own coordination and management mechanisms, typically a steering committee, and is working on revised concept notes and detailed workplans for 2012 and beyond.

Early win projects

In the first nine months of the program (January-October 2012), each of the three Projects conducted 'Early win' projects (see related 'Early win' call for proposals) to test out some hypotheses, firm up research questions and prepare the ground for later program research. These early win projects are documented in the aforementioned link and on the Africa RISING website.

Additional information about the program design and the Africa RISING program