Flagship 1 focuses on assembling and making accessible data, information and knowledge for better prioritizing and targeting of dryland cereal technologies to address the most important needs of smallholder farmers.
The flagship addresses baseline-data management, foresight planning and priority setting to enable demand-driven R4D focus and impact assessment, and contributes towards productivity, nutrition and income. Gender is a cross-cutting activity in this flagship and is integrated into all of its planned outputs.
The collection and analyses of baseline data for the target crops as relevant to the target regions has been an ongoing activity during the first phase of the program through one important bilateral project. Assembly of the available data and synthesis of results, together with identification and rectification of existing gaps in baseline information is a top priority for Dryland Cereals during the extension phase.
Foresight planning and priority setting efforts will use the assembled baseline data to identify critical areas of focus for research investments, partnerships and interventions in Flagships 2, 3 and 4. The integrated modeling framework developed under Policies, Institutes and Markets (PIM) will be used to analyze various plausible future scenarios to identify those dryland cereals technologies and management systems that will contribute most to the achievement of the IDOs.
Adoption surveys and impact assessment will be conducted to monitor the level and pathways of adoption, and to measure the changes in selected outcome and impact indicators. The feedback generated from these surveys will facilitate better targeting of crop-improvement and crop-management interventions.
Value chain analysis will provide knowledge of specific, high-potential dryland cereals value chains that will give our development partners the evidence required to design interventions and advocate changes in policy. We will identify ‘best-bet’ dryland cereals value chains that have high growth potential and the potential to raise incomes for poorer smallholders. Value chains with high growth potential will stimulate regional trade and regional specialization in the production of dryland cereals. Studies will be undertaken on regional trade in dryland cereals that will focus on (1) quantifying regional trade flows; (2) identifying and measuring comparative advantage between countries; (3) identifying barriers to trade; and (4) modeling impact of changes in trade policies.