This report presents the findings of an impact evaluation carried out in December 2016 looking specifically at the impact of DCG Sudan's Ecofarm project and it's up-scaling phase.
The projects started with a pilot phase in 2007, carried out three years of on-farm and on-station research, and ended with an up-scaling phase in 2011 where results were shared with a wider range of stakeholders. As the report from the impact evaluation shows, the project has achieved some important results. Here are some highlights from the report:Crop"Significant improvements in crop yields, after farmer participation in the project, are consistently observed in all crops in the three villages. This indicates that the DCG's introduced techniques have increased crop yield considerably, consequently improving food and livelihood security for the participating households and the community at large in each area and its surroundings." (page 18)
"Women benefitted specifically from the increase in milk production. […] In group discussion in Faris, women testified that as a result of using mineral blocks as mineral source for animals, namely cattle and goats, their produced milk increased tremendously. As a result, income accruing from milk increased significantly as well." (page 27)
"Three technologies have been developed, submitted and successfully approved by national authorities and become part of the national extension program:
- Early maturing and drought tolerant varieties;
- Seed priming in sorghum, millet, sesame, groundnut, and cowpea; and
- Saltlick (mineral) blocks as source of mineral for lactating animals." (page 32)