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The project is operating on three different levels namely the National level, TFCAs level and the Farm level as illustrated in the graph below:

The national level is the steering committee of the project. The roles of this committee includes the definition of the global priorities, monitoring of the project, evaluation of the budget. It gathers representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation, Representatives of the Universities, farmers’ representatives, private sector representatives, NGO representatives. It interacts with a Scientific Advisory Committee (Scientific Committee of the RP-PCP) aiming at providing scientific advice to the steering committee. This level is also in charge of both evaluating the project results at regional level and identifying extrapolation processes to enlarge this experience to other TFCAs.  The Steering Committee represents the local farmers at the Scientific Advisory Committee, and will develop an effective coordination framework amongst all project partners and relevant stakeholders with a special attention to link with existing, on the ground projects, where small holder farmers are involved/benefiting from.

The TFCAs level this level was formulated in order to respond to complex situation faced by local communities in the TFCAs. Research is essential to produce scientific knowledge by interacting with relevant stakeholders. This knowledge shared by the local actors will be put in action changing the way people act and think and will generate technical, organizational or institutional innovations. This level includes all the local actors, and they are all linked through the ICP. The Innovation and communication platform (ICP) is the pillar of the project as it is a concept aiming at fostering the participation of different categories of actors in innovation processes. It includes all the local actors at TFCA level (research station representatives, national parks representatives, FOs, small-scale farmers, NGOs, private sector) and the key stakeholders groups are the small-scale farmers living in the TFCAs.


The Farm level allows close interactions between researchers and groups of farmers to share knowledge and experience, to test innovation and to get farmers’ feed-backs when implementing trials or when testing new organizational mechanisms. Farmers’ Field School is a good example of such a local platform. The links between the three levels are strengthened and carefully monitored to insure relation between all stakeholders from academic research to small-scale farmers.

The action of DREAM project will boost the existing structure when possible through the ICPs, will use the links and experience of all these old structures to bring back together all actors potentially interested in improving and intensify agriculture production and optimize NRM. The innovative approach of DREAM project is based on the development of 3 ICPs gathering actors of each TFCAs, linked to a national structure (Steering Committee) coordinating activities with the recommendations of a Scientific Advisory Committee of representative of all Academic research institutions. This organisation will allow a bottom-up process of selection of research projects: small scale farmers will be involved in the whole process that generate innovations that are supposed to meet their expectations.

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