Almanac characterization tool at work: impacts in Africa, Asia and Latin America

The “ACT at Work” document is a compilation of user case studies illustrating just some of the varied applications of the Almanac Characterization Tool in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The majority of the studies presented are from sub-Saharan Africa, which is not surprising given the longer histo...

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Main Authors: Hodson, D.P., Corbett, J.D.
Format: Book biblioteca
Language:English
Published: USAID [2001?]
Subjects:AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, AGROCLIMATIC ZONES, AGROFORESTRY, FAMERS, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, TECHNOLOGY,
Online Access:http://hdl.handle.net/10883/3829
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Summary:The “ACT at Work” document is a compilation of user case studies illustrating just some of the varied applications of the Almanac Characterization Tool in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The majority of the studies presented are from sub-Saharan Africa, which is not surprising given the longer history of the ACT in that region. In terms of user profiles, it is very encouraging to see that all CG International Agricultural Research Centers active in Southern and Eastern Africa (CIMMYT, ICRAF, ICRISAT, and ILRI) are applying the ACT in their work. Private seed companies, such as Seed Co Ltd and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in Zimbabwe, are also finding the ACT extremely useful. A very recent and welcome development is that the ACT is now being adopted by the non-agricultural NGO sector, as illustrated by the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian example from Malawi. The scope of the studies presented is wide ranging. There is a strong central theme of targeting and characterization of environments (matching the original vision behind the ACT project), which is being applied to both germplasm and technologies. In addition, training, data dissemination and integration are all key concepts that are being addressed through use of the ACT. The impacts that the ACT is having on planning and decisionmaking are numerous. It’s use is leading to better focussed research, more cost effective and representative site selection, improved targeting of materials and technologies, and easier access to information.