Tel: +254 (0)20 2271000/ 20

Email: ashc@cabi.org

Technical briefs

This section of the tool kit contains the technical briefs – it has a series of versions and the column on the right-hand side seeks to explain why the changes were made or share feedback from prototype or piloting of materials that require changes to be made to the technical brief.

Common bean technical brief 
Date  Version  Location covered by brief Significant changes since last version/comments 
October 2016 Common bean v2  Tanzania Changes that have happened to the brief:

  • There was farmer resistance to the spacing – 1 seed per hole every 10 cm and 2 seed per hole every 20cm was consider to be more appropriate for farmers
Details of campaigns on common bean production in Tanzania: Campaigns developed as part of SILT and UPTAKE. The SILT campaign will include a combination of media (radio, point of sale materials, extension materials including farmer leaflets) and interpersonal approaches (radio listening groups, on-farm trials, demonstration plots and field training days). The UPTAKE campaign is primarily radio and mobile telephony, with some print to support local aligned extension activity.
 Soybean technical brief
Date  Version Location covered by brief Significant changes since last version/comments 
March 2017 Northern Ghana technical brief V1 Northern Ghana

First edition

October 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanzania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes from v2 to v3: The technical brief has to work across the whole partnership, so the inclusion of a new partner the Catholic Relief Service has resulted in some adjustments to the technical brief. The following changes are being reviewed:

  • Overview: Why grow beans? 
  • Emphasised the need to process beans before eating
  • Changed market demand from good to substantial
  • Consolidated information on soil benefits into one section
  • Section 1: Land preparation
  • Narrowed the pH range for bean growing
  • Section 2.1 Inoculation
  • Added teaspoons as an additional farmer-friendly measure
  • Section 2.3 Fertilizer application
  • TSP and DAP recommendation increased
  • Section 3.1 Weeding
  • The timing of weeding and clarified the need to avoid weeding at flowering
  • Section 3.2.1
  • Pest recommendations amended to show link to viral diseases
  • Section 4 Harvesting
  • Amended the point 6 on use of chemicals in storage
  • Section 5 Post-harvest
  • The cooking time for soybean were increased
Soybean v2
Details of campaigns on soybean production in Tanzania: This is a SILT campaign it will include a combination of media (radio, point of sale materials, extension materials including farmer leaflets) and interpersonal approaches (radio listening groups, on-farm trials, demonstration plots and field training days)
Cassava technology brief
Date  Version Locations covered by brief Significant changes since last version /comments 
April 2016 Cassava technology brief v1 Northern Tanzania  Version one based on the ISFM Cassava Cropping Guide (2015)
September 2017 Cassava technology brief -Kiswahili v2 Tanzania – Lake Zone, Eastern, Central and Southern Zone Version revised and customized to the Tanzanian context
Details of campaigns on cassava production in Tanzania: This campaign is part of UPTAKE, therefore the media mix will be primarily be radio and mobile telephony, with some print to support local aligned extension activity.
Technical brief: Maize 
Date  Version  Significant changes since last version/ comments 
Maize v1 available soon
Details of campaigns on maize production in Tanzania: This campaign is part of UPTAKE, therefore the media mix will primarily radio and mobile telephony, with some print to support local aligned extension activity.
 Sorghum technology brief
Date  Version  Significant changes since last version/ comments 
Sorghum anticipated in 2017 Anticipated in 2017
Details of campaigns on sorghum production in Tanzania: This campaign is part of UPTAKE, therefore the media mix will primarily be radio and mobile telephony, with some print to support local aligned extension activity.
Potato technology brief
Date Version  Significant changes since last version/ comments 
 July 2017 Potato technology brief v1
Details of campaigns on potato production in Tanzania: This campaign is part of UPTAKE, therefore the media mix will primarily be radio and mobile telephony, with some print to support local aligned extension activity.

IMG_0161

Producing a technical brief for common bean in Northern Tanzania.