Step 1: Getting the Right People on Board

Identifying the project area January 2015
Familiarization with local authorities; request for their support to mobilize community groups January-March 2015
General assessment of the project area: agro-ecological zones, main economic activities communities engage in, assessment of actors in main economic sectors January-March 2015
Recruitment of field staff March-April 2015
In-depth induction and training of field staff April-May2015
Project group selection exercises on the ground, initial data analysis and preselection of groups; ground truthing of group selection data with the groups; final selection; feedback sessions with groups and authorities; signing of collaboration agreements between ICRAF and project groups May-August 2015
Identification of ten training venues for various project trainings, in which 1-4 project groups are trained (close to their homes) August-September 2015