Application for support to the development of a multi-stakeholder partnership that promotes demand-driven agricultural innovation




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ANNEX 1 – APPLICATION FORM


APPLICATION FOR SUPPORT TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIP THAT PROMOTES DEMAND-DRIVEN AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION

Second call for concept notes 31/05/2011









  1. Title of the proposed partnership:

Extensive Collection and Characterization of African Solanaceae Plants





Briefly describe the innovation challenge or opportunity that your partnership wants to address: Plants of the Solanaceae family form one of the largest groups of economically important crops in Africa and include crops such as potato, tomato and nightshades. African Solanaceous plants such as Solanum scabrum and Solanum aethiopicum are micronutrient-dense, have medicinal value and are potentially a rich source of novel genes for plant breeding and improvement of other cultivated species. More research and consumption of vegetables has been emphasized in the Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) agenda due their potential role in helping achieve Millenium Development Goals. However, there has been no consolidated effort towards their proper collection, characterization and conservation, risking the likely extinction of some of the valuable genetic resource. There is an urgent need to conserve and extensively characterize plants of the Solanaceae family found in Africa. Our partnership will create an international network that will bring together a multidisciplinary team of stakeholders from Africa and Europe to undertake an extensive collection and characterization of plants of the Solanaceae family native to the African continent. The resources developed and information obtained through the network will have real impact in tackling major African dietary issues concerning micronutrient deficiencies but will also assemble the germplasm resources required for future domestication and breeding work, which will improve production and marketing of these traditional crops and ensure their long term value and sustainability for horticultural production.




  1. Composition of the proposed partnership:

Partner 1 (Applicant)

Name of organisation: FarmGain African Limited

Country of registration: Uganda

Type of actor1: Private sector organization

Relevant expertise: Agricultural economist with over 13 years experience in agri-business innovation systems, agro-enterprise development and agricultural value chains

Experience in innovation partnerships2: Yes

Legal status3: Consultancy Firm

Role and responsibilities4: Leading the non-research components of the partnership including consumer demands, market trends and farmer participation

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Branding and Marketing of new products and cultivars

Expected input and complementarity5: Promoting adoption, marketing and utilization of developed products, increased profits, managing intellectual property components


Partner 2:

Dr. Michael Masanza



Name of organisation: Uganda Christian University

Country of registration: Uganda

Type of actor: University

Relevant expertise: Molecular breeding, participatory plant breeding, entomology, tissue culture, social research skills and teaching

Experience in innovation partnerships: Collaborative research with National Research Organizations, other universities e.g. University of California, Davis, farmers in the great lakes region of East Africa (Rwanda & DRC)

Legal status: Partnership leader: Has handled grants as follows: DFID funded project on indigenous technical knowledge ($50,000) (Oct 2006-Dec 2007); USAID funded project on increasing capacity of small-holder farmers to market indigenous vegetables in Uganda, Rwanda & DRC ($200,000) – on-going

Role and responsibilities: Overseeing both research and coordination components of the partnership

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Capacity building, research & gender equity

Expected input and complementarity: Laboratories, field research sites, expertise, accountability


Partner 3: Dr. Rene Klein Lankhorst

Name of organisation: Wageningen University and Research Centre

Country of registration: The Netherlands

Type of actor: University

Relevant expertise: Solanaceae Genetics and Genomics

Experience in innovation partnerships: Currently heads the European Union funded EU-SOL project, Participated the EU-Balkan Solanaceae project, Was the head of the Dutch Tomato Sequencing project, and has headed similar global innovation projects while the Director Operations of BioSolar Cells at the Plant Research International

Legal status: Research Leader: Has handled several global grants in the past and currently in charge of EU-SOL and EU-Balkan Solanaceae grants

Role and responsibilities: Overseeing all research components of the partnership

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Access to more Solanaceae Genetic resources for the global Solanaceae Genomics Network

Expected input and complementarity: Provision of advanced tools and state-of-the art equipment, comparative genetics with the ongoing EU-SOL genomics projects, using experiences of the ongoing EU-SOL projects to make the current innovation process a reality


Partner 4

Dr. Damaris Achieng Odeny



Name of organisation: Agricultural Research Council

Country of registration: South Africa

Type of actor: Research Organization

Relevant expertise: Has initiated and currently coordinates Afri-SOL, a network of scientists working on Solanaceae plants based in Africa, and currently manages a National Research Foundation grant

Experience in innovation partnerships: Has 3 years experience in an EU funded BIOEXPLOIT project, and 2 years experience in EU funded INCO-DC project and has worked in Africa, Europe and Asia

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Overseeing all coordination components of the partnership: Recruitment of relevant partners, reporting and communication, legal affairs and coordination of trainings and workshops

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Access for post-graduate students and other researchers from my organization to genetic resources, up-to-date information, advanced genomic tools and skills within Africa and globally, increased visibility continentally and globally

Expected input and complementarity: Provision of high throughput genomic sequencing facility currently available at the Agricultural Research Council’s Biotechnology Platform, for molecular characterization


Partner 5:

Dr. Felistus Patience Chipungu



Name of organisation: Department Of Agricultural Research Services (DARS)

Country of registration: MALAWI

Type of actor: Government organisation

Relevant expertise: Variety, agronomic and post-harvest technology development

Experience in innovation partnerships: Scientist- farmer participatory variety development, conducting on-farm demos and field days, development and dissemination of technology messages to farmers and other stakeholders, organising farmers and linking to markets, training of farmers

Legal status: Non-research partner; Linking farmers to markets

Role and responsibilities: Linking of partners during the innovation products value chain

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Generation of new knowledge and its transfer to stakeholders

Expected input and complementarity: Human and infrastructural support


Partner 6:

Dr. Chris Ojiewo



Name of organisation: World Vegetable Centre, Arusha, Tanzania

Country of registration: Tanzania

Type of actor: Non-governmental, not-for profit international agricultural research organization

Relevant expertise: Breeding and cultivar development of indigenous African vegetables, linking International research with national research institutes, Germplasm collection and maintenance of African indigenous plants

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Provision of genetic resources maintained in vivo and in vitro

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Access to more genetic resource and new knowledge for enhanced improvement of world vegetables

Expected input and complementarity: Contribute to gene bank development that enhances the functionality of the current gene bank maintained at the World Vegetable Centre


Partner 7: Dr. Martin Agyei Yeboah

Name of organisation: West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement

Country of registration: Ghana

Type of actor: University/Academic

Relevant expertise: Breeding of African indigenous crops

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Identification of traits importance from collected germplasm, initiating key breeding areas

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Exposure of staff and students to more genetic resources and state-of-the-art crop improvement technologies

Expected input and complementarity: Leading the West African component of the partnership


Partner 8: Dr. Wale Adeniji

Name of organisation: Adamawa State University

Country of registration: Nigeria

Type of actor: University

Relevant expertise: Characterisation of African indigenous vegetables

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Characterization of Solanaceae plants of interest for agronomic traits

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Exposure of staff and students to more genetic resources and state-of-the-art crop improvement technologies

Expected input and complementarity: Laboratories, field research sites, expertise


Partner 9:

Prof. Mary Abukutsa Onyango



Name of organisation: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Country of registration: Kenya

Type of actor: University

Relevant expertise: Tremendous expertise in indigenous knowledge

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Determination of nutritional and bioactive components of African Solanaceae plants

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: More contribution towards the elimination of micronutrient deficiency in Africa and improving food security, more information for building curriculum for teaching indigenous knowledge at the University

Expected input and complementarity: Expertise, field research sites


Partner 10: Benjamin Rakotoarisoa

Name of organisation: World Vegetable Centre

Country of registration: Madagascar

Type of actor: Non-governmental, not-for profit international agricultural research organization

Relevant expertise: Liason, logistics

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Non-Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Provision and facilitating access to genetic resources in Madagascar

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Access to more genetic resource and new knowledge for enhanced improvement of world vegetables

Expected input and complementarity: Contribute to gene bank development that enhances the functionality of the current gene bank maintained at the World Vegetable Centre


Partner 11:

Ms. Linda Appianimaa Abrokwa



Name of organisation: CSIR – Crops Research Institute

Country of registration: Ghana

Type of actor: Research Organization

Relevant expertise: Characterization of newly identified Solanaceae species

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Collection and characterization of genetic resources in Ghana

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Access to more diverse germplasm for crop improvement

Expected input and complementarity: Expertise, indigenous knowledge, field sites


Partner 12:

Jacqueline Oseko



Name of organisation: Horticultural Crops Development Authority

Country of registration: Kenya

Type of actor: Producer Organization

Relevant expertise: Development of new crops and linking horticultural products to markets

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Non-research partner

Role and responsibilities: Adding market value

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Increasing diversity of nutritious vegetable crops to the Kenyan market

Expected input and complementarity: Adding market value and promoting the development of products relevant to the markets


Partner 13:

Dr. Gideon N. Mwai



Name of organisation: Bondo University College

Country of registration: Kenya

Type of actor: University

Relevant expertise: Research on genetic variation of indigenous African Solanaceae germplasm

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Collection and characterization of genetic resources in Kenya

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: More information for research and for building curriculum for teaching indigenous knowledge at the University

Expected input and complementarity: Expertise, students and experimentation field sites


Partner 14:

Dr. Richard Mithen



Name of organisation: Institute of Food Products

Country of registration: The United Kingdom

Type of actor: Research Organization

Relevant expertise: Has experience in sub-Saharan Africa, and currently leads nutrition programmes that involve human interventions studies

Experience in innovation partnerships: Yes

Legal status: Research partner

Role and responsibilities: Determining the role of various bioactive compounds in promoting health and prevention of disease onset

Stake in the innovation challenge/opportunity: Widening research area, New African collaborators, access to novel sources of bioactive compounds

Expected input and complementarity: Expertise and tools for bioactive compound analysis for diseases


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  1. Where will the innovation process and the supporting research activities take place?6

  1. Identification and collection of germplasm: At each partner’s respective country of work, in the fields

  2. Morphological characterization: At each African partners’ respective country of work, in the fields, laboratories and herbarium/gene banks

  3. Molecular characterization: In laboratories of European partner and African partners having the relevant infrastructure

  4. Conservation: Both in vitro (in selected African countries) and in vivo (in all countries where African Solanaceous species are found to be native)

  5. Bioactive compounds and nutrient analysis: Laboratories in Wageningen University, Institute of Food Products, UK, and building capacity in selected African laboratories

  6. New cultivar and/product trials and release: Farmers’ fields, markets and cottage industries




  1. Briefly describe the role that beneficiaries and end-users have played in the definition of the joint challenge or opportunity that your partnership wants to address:

Farmers have formed groups and participated in priority formulation of enterprises




  1. Does the envisaged innovation process add value to existing initiatives of the partners or other actors? If yes, please explain:

Yes.

There are currently only two known major initiatives to conserve African Solanaceous plants, but both are based outside Africa. The known initiatives are in vitro conservation-based and have not included extensive morphological germplasm characterization. While the importance of in vitro germplasm maintenance is highly acknowledged, there is need to back such an effort with in vivo collections to overcome likely epigenetic changes that artificial storage conditions might cause on the conserved germplasm. There is also need to properly characterize and profile the conserved germplasm for traits of interest and possible novel ones. Our initiative will therefore provide much more resource to the existing initiatives and to other beneficiaries, as well as contribute to other Solanaceae conservation and characterization work going on globally. By including the European partners, our initiative will also ensure alignment and collaboration with existing initiatives in order to avoid duplication and to provide a more robust program. The project will show case the extremely important but neglected African Solanaceous plants and their contribution to improving health and alleviating micronutrient deficiency. A successful partnership will help inspire a more inclusive global Solanaceae network.






  1. What results are expected from the innovation process? Who are the beneficiaries or end-users? How will they benefit from the results?

Results

Beneficiaries/end-users

Benefits / outcomes




1. Breeders

Access to well characterized sources of genetic variability for the improvement of Solanaceae crops

2. Farmers

Increased income and food security as a result of producing improved high yielding solanaceous crops with high micronutrient content and/or medicinal value

3. Consumers

Improved health and food security through improved access to diverse nutritious vegetables

4. Seed companies

Improved seed

5. Africa as a continent

Trained human resource, improved infrastructure

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  1. Please indicate briefly what the research activity is expected to contribute to the achievement of these results:

A successful germplasm collection and characterization will be of immediate use to breeders through the enhanced accessibility of well characterized breeding material, either within their own country, or through germplasm exchange among the network partners. Breeders will use such material to improve the quality, quantity and genetic diversity of Solanaceous crops of interest to the farmer, consumer and industry.





  1. When does your partnership expect to achieve these results?

Benefits to the breeder will be realized within 2 years of initiating the work. Benefits to the farmer and consumer will be realized within 4 years when new improved material will be ready for field trials. Benefits to the seed company will be realized within a minimum of 4 years when the new developed cultivars will have been accepted in the market




  1. What are main risks/threats to the sustainability of your partnership?

Lack of funding, trust, staff attrition or change in employment location, unpredictable weather/climate change, partner withdrawal, loss of genetic resources due to diseases or arson




  1. What funding opportunity is your partnership targeting for the research proposal that you expect to formulate?

Donor: The European Union

Title and identification number of the call or funding window: FP7-KBBE-6-2012 “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology

Web page of the funding window: http://www.euresearch.ch/index.php?id=760&L=2

Deadlines for application: January 2012






  1. Information on potential candidates that your partnership trusts as neutral innovation-facilitator7




Candidate 1

Candidate 2

Candidate 3

Name

Dr. Mel Oluoch

Beatrice Akello




Organisation

International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

National Agricultural Research Organization




Position

Product Delivery Manager

Extension/Farmer coordinator




Experience as innovation-facilitator

No

No




Acceptability to all partners

Yes

Yes




Availability

Yes

Yes







  1. Please indicate the support your partnership needs from PAEPARD in terms of facilitation of meetings and capacity strengthening:

Facilitation of meetings: USD 100, 000

Training of innovation facilitator: USD 20,000







  1. Contact details of the applicant

Name of contact person: John Jagwe (PhD)

Position in the organisation: Consultant

Telephone: +256-414280079

Email: j.jagwe@farmgainafrica.org

Website:


Please return your application form as a Word file attached to an email to the secretariat of the PAEPARD selection committee (jmugabe@fara-africa.org or fstepman@fara-africa.org), before 15th July 2011, mentioning “PAEPARD Partnership Application” in the subject line. The secretariat will acknowledge receipt immediately.




1 Indicate if the partner is e.g. a Producer organisation, Farmer federation, Private sector organisation, Non-governmental organisation, Research organisation, University, …

2 Register relevant experience of the partner. For the leader of the partnership and the research leader, also indicate experience in respectively leading innovation partnerships and leading research projects as part of an innovation process.

3 For the leader of the partnership and the research leader, also indicate if the partner has managed donor grants in the past.

4 Indicate if the partner will be e.g. the leader of the innovation partnership, leader of the envisaged research, play another role …

5 Indicate what the partner will contribute to the innovation process and how this complements inputs of other partners.

6 This could be at more than one location. E.g. for innovation in a value chain, activities could take place at the location of production, processing, shipping, retailing, etc. Related research activities could be partly in these same locations, partly in laboratories elsewhere in Africa or in Europe.

7 Please note that PAEPARD will only support the training and coaching of one innovation-facilitator per partnership, not their time and other costs of their services to your partnership. You may consider staff of one of the partner organisations in order to reduce costs and ensure availability. But you need to weigh this against neutrality and acceptability.





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