Water productivity improvement of cereals and foods legumes in the Atbara Basin of Eritrea
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Grando, S., Ghebretatios, I., Amlesom, S., Ceccarelli, S., Maatougui, M.H. el, Niane, A.A., Mustafa, Y., Sarker, A., Abdalla, O., Berhane, T., Abraha, N., Tsegay, S., Isaac, T., Tesfamichael, E., Hailemichael, S., Semere, M., Tafere, T., Araia, W., Haile, A., Mesfin, S. and Ghebresselassie, T. 2010. Water productivity improvement of cereals and foods legumes in the Atbara Basin of Eritrea. Colombo, Sri Lanka: CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food.
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The project ‘Water Productivity Improvement of Cereals and Food Legumes in the Atbara Basin of Eritrea’ is an example of organization and implementation of farmers’ participatory research, conducted utilizing the available indigenous knowledge while empowering farming communities. Farmers have been partners in technology development with extension and research, with full decision-making power in planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The project produced, in partnership with farmers, new varieties of cereals and food legumes which have proven farmer acceptability; established seed systems which supply farmers with quality seed in a sustainable manner; enhanced farmers’ skills in participatory research and in community based seed production; strengthened the capacity of National Institutions to carry out participatory research and technology transfer, and strengthened linkages between research, seed, and extension departments by working together in cooperation with farmers and farmers’ communities. Working conditions, during the course of the project were not always easy and became challenging towards the end of the project, but to work with farmers and learn from them has been an extremely rewarding experience.