Innovations, technologies and practices are tested in farmer conditions – including improved crop varieties, more efficient irrigation systems that guarantee ‘more crop per drop,’ and proven and more sustainable agronomic practices such as raised bed planting and conservation agriculture.
The technologies promoted comprise:
Conservation agriculture – the practice of not plowing farmlands and leaving crop residue in the field for improved soil fertility and water conservation. Conservation agriculture is a proven practice that balances yields, resource conservation, and increased efficiency for smallholder farmers.
Improved varieties – using advances in crop science to breed varieties that are more resistant to pressure from drought, extremes of cold and heat, unpredictable rainfall and new pests and disease.
More efficient seed systems – developing robust and flexible seed systems to ensure improved seed gets into the hands of farmers fast.
Raised-bed technology – a proven practice that makes furrows in fields and plants seed at the top of these furrows, offering the promise of water savings and increased yields.
Supplemental irrigation – an innovation that allows farmers to plant and manage crops at the optimal time, regardless of climate vagaries, to significantly increase water productivity and guarantee ‘more crop per drop.’