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Judge 1: Good proposal using traditional food crop
Judge 2: Interesting idea, but not convinced that proposers considered all the effects on social and ecological carry-overs.
Judge 3: Disappointed that the authors didn't answer any of our points. What is the climate signal that cassava is most sensitive to? Can you consider other tubers? Would have been happier if proponent had tackled the comments.
Judge 4: Now, overall, if it's done properly, it could work. There is now information in the proposal about land tenure issues. How do the poor women benefit? Bonded labor? That's what happens in most parts of Africa.
Congratulations! Your proposal, Ecco Cassava, in the Adaptation contest, has been selected to advance as a Semi-Finalist. Thank you for your work on this very important issue. We're proud of your proposal, and we hope that you are too. Again, congratulations!
Please see below the following comments to enhance your proposal:
A solid proposal. Cassava is well known in sub-saharan africa. The author may wish to look into yellow vs white yams and other tubers as well. In Kenya the white yams are very popular for cultural reasons, but the yellow have better vitamin content. Addressing female farmers in Sierra Leone as a pilot is probably a good one theoretically - at least in terms of scale. The author may wish to make more clear what climate changes cassava is robust to, ie building resilience for, as compared to other crops such as Maize, Sorghum or even other tubers (Yams). Very nice proposal, though it could use some improvement before attempting implementation.
Furthermore, the idea is viable but more titled towards women livelihoods than climate change project which calls for explicitly linking it with climate risks and projections vis-à-vis cassava (currently no references). The budget and description of roles do not seem feasible. Why would the stated stakeholders start working together; except perhaps women…? Restoration of degraded land is a good idea but as soon as land becomes productive, issues of ownership arise and create conflicts. What are the land tenure issues in the target areas (and that too in Sierra Leone in its current situation)? One cannot simply start working on land one does not have a legal right; what are the customary or statutory laws for land use.
All the best,
2016 Climate CoLab Judges
Jul 7, 2016
I thank you so much for selecting Eco-Cassava as a finalist in the Adaptation Contest.
The contest has helped me consider legal, land tenure, social and ecological issues that may be connected with the project. Thanks so much for helping me build up Eco-Cassava.
Hope to have the opportunity to present at the conference.