The research theme for Phase IV (October 2009 – September 2014) is increasing smallholder food security and adaptation to climate change through introduction of conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS). CAPS knowledge and technological innovations generated from sustainable rainfed crop and livestock systems will address economic and social (including gender) viability, soil quality, water productivity, and other ecosystem services issues.
Feed the Future SANREM Innovation Lab Phase IV received 15 proposals for Long-term Research Award activities (LTRAs). The LTRA applications were reviewed by a panel of SA and NRM professionals from institutions across the United States. The proposals underwent a two-stage review process and were rated on the basis of scientific merit, research impact, capacity building, participatory partnerships, and inclusion of gender and minority issues. Seven LTRA activities will be funded through 2014 for research in conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS):
LTRA-6: A CAPS program for the Central Plateau of Haiti
Lead Principal Investigator (PI): Steven Hodges, Virginia Tech
LTRA-7: Pathways to CAPS in the Andes
Lead PI: Jeffrey Alwang, Virginia Tech.
LTRA-8: Improving soil quality and crop productivity through CAPS in West Africa
Lead PI: P.V. Vara Prasad, Kansas State University
LTRA-9: Developing sustainable CAPS for smallholder farmers in Southern Africa
Lead PI: Neal Eash, University of Tennessee
LTRA-10: CAPS for smallholder farms in eastern Uganda and western Kenya
Lead PI: Jay Norton, University of Wyoming.
LTRA-11: CAPS among tribal societies in India and Nepal
Lead PI Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
LTRA-12: Conservation agriculture for food security in Cambodia and the Philippines
Lead PI: Manuel R. Reyes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Five cross-cutting research activities were initiated in 2008 to assess research finding across projects:
CCRA-6: Economic and impact analysis
Lead PIs: Michael Bertelsen/George Norton, OIRED/Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
CCRA-7: Gendered perspectives
Lead PI: Maria Elisa Christie, OIRED/Geography, Virginia Tech
CCRA-8: Technology networks
Lead PI: Keith M. Moore, OIRED/Sociology, Virginia Tech
CCRA-9: Soil quality and carbon sequestration
Lead PI: Michael Mulvaney, OIRED/Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
The SANREM Leader-With-Associates (LWA) cooperative agreement is designed to allow maximum flexibility to USAID Missions and Regional Bureaus to quickly initiate, design, and manage country and region-specific activities without lengthy competitive awards processes. Visit this page to see summaries of SANREM CRSP Associate Awards for Phase IV.
For archival purposes only, you will find some information that pertains to the process that our partners and applicants went through to have a project with Phase III of the SANREM CRSP on our Phase IV Application Information page.