Regional Program Summary

To obtain a full picture of ACIAR engagement in continental Africa, this section should be read in conjunction with the Regional Program Summary on the Middle East and North Africa and the Australian International Food Security Research Centre’s (AIFSRC) activities. The strategies and activities described in each chapter are complementary. This chapter focuses on the projects and program supported from ACIAR appropriation other than AIFSRC.

Australia’s strategic approach to aid in Eastern and Southern Africa is to help selected African countries progress towards the MDGs. The focus is on areas where Australia has particular strengths, where progress towards the MDGs is seriously off track and where strong frameworks exist for achieving effective results. One core strategy to tackle poverty and food insecurity is to increase agricultural productivity through farming systems intensification, diversification and improved market access.

The Eastern and Southern Africa research program is concentrated on themes that have emerged from consultations with national and regional partners, including CAADP and FARA, and building on Australia’s expertise in dryland farming systems management. In southern Africa the research focus lies on livestock and cropping systems for disadvantaged farmers in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe; maize–legume intensification in Malawi and Mozambique; and water security in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. In Eastern Africa the research emphasis is on intensification and increased resilience in maize–legume–livestock-based mixed farming systems, to achieve improved dietary energy and nutritional quality, and increase household income. Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda and other countries are benefiting from this research through organised spillovers of the results of sustainable intensification research.

View the individual country pages for more details.

More information is available in the latest ACIAR Annual Operational Plan

The AIFSRC initiative concluded in June 2015.

All current projects delivered under AIFSRC will continue and the management processes will remain unchanged.
Future project will be delivered by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

The Australian International Food Security Research Centre also works in this region