The Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA-CP)
The Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA-CP), is a programme which is intended to extend to 2014. It promotes the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach, drawing upon innovation and uses a systems perspective as its organising principle. The SSA-CP focuses on:
(i) delivering international public goods concerned with best practices in relation to multi-stakeholder engagement in the generation and wide-scale adoption of agricultural innovations, and
(ii) evaluating whether IAR4D works and is more cost/benefit effective relative to conventional approaches. The Programme is being implemented at three Pilot Learning Sites (PLS) covering 8 countries in the ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD and CCARDESA sub-regions.
The continental perspective of the programme means that cross-SRO evaluations can be conducted, data can be pooled across the continent and so derive lessons and identify best practices and share this knowledge among the SROs. In this way the SSA CP contributes knowledge of best practices relating to multi-stakeholder agricultural ARD approaches. After satisfactorily answering the above research issues, the SSA CP will metamorphose into a clearing house for promoting the adoption of IAR4D. This will be achieved through the creation of a platform that will share information and knowledge concerning agricultural innovation and multi-stakeholder (partnership) engagement in agricultural R&D.