The 2019 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security goes to… ... a pioneering mapping approach that is re-imagining subsistence farming.
“The one thing I have learned is with the right variety, right agronomic practice, and support from the right expert we can produce much more.” Alifya Abasharaf, farmer Chelekleka Donga Kebele, Ethiopia
Research teams from Ethiopia and The Netherlands awarded US$75,000 to help solve food security
Innovation Mapping for Food Security (IM4FS) is being developed by a team co-led by Dr Tomaso Ceccarelli of Wageningen Environmental Research, The Netherlands, and Dr Eyasu Elias Fantahun of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. It gives smallholder farmers a ‘best fit for what to grow, where and how, potentially transforming food productivity in insecure areas and countries. The Prize will help fund the roll-out of in-situ data collection by extension workers and other local staff, and develop the mapping tool to include a ‘scenario planning’ function. The maps can then be used by government institutions, planners and others to simulate which agricultural interventions and investments should be undertaken to improve food productivity and livelihoods at greater scale.
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