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, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 11–16 | Cite as

Systemwide Initiative on Malaria and Agriculture: AnInnovative Framework for Research and Capacity Building

  • Clifford M. MuteroEmail author
  • Felix Amerasinghe
  • Eline Boelee
  • Flemming Konradsen
  • Wim van der Hoek
  • Tendani Nevondo
  • Frank Rijsberman
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Abstract

The Systemwide Initiative on Malaria and Agriculture (SIMA) is an initiative of international agricultural research centers to promote research and capacity building on the links between malaria and agriculture and to validate innovative interventions that would strengthen and complement existing malaria-control strategies in clearly defined settings. Knowledge regarding the nature and dynamics of agroecosystems is particularly needed for the purpose of developing appropriate farmer-managed preventive measures against malaria. SIMA research aims to make use of new and existing information on biomedical and socioeconomic determinants of malaria risks in formulating and evaluating the feasibility of integrated strategies. The initiative is especially interested and proactive in promoting and facilitating transdisciplinary and participatory research in relation to malaria. The convening institute for SIMA is the International Water Management Institute at its Africa Regional Office in Pretoria, South Africa. This article outlines SIMA’s objectives and scope of activities and also highlights achievements, challenges, and opportunities for future collaboration.

Key words

malaria agriculture Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research systemwide initiative on malaria and agriculture ecosystem approach to human health 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank the many individuals and organizations who have participated in various activities that have led to SIMA’s achieving remarkable progress within 3 years of its launching. Some members of the Interim Steering Committee from 2001 to 2002 were from the following CGIAR centers: International Water Management Institute, International Livestock Research Institute, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, West Africa Rice Development Association, and International Plant Genetic Resources Institute. Other members were from the former International Service for National Agricultural Research; the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology; the University Lake Kariba Research Station, Zimbabwe; and the Danish Bilharziasis Laboratory. We are particularly grateful to the following partners for both financial and technical support: Canadian International Development Research Centre, African Development Bank, Netherlands Government, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, and Environmental Health Project. The International Water Management Institute Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Doug Merrey, has kindly provided wise counsel to SIMA since its inception.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford M. Mutero
    • 1
    Email author
  • Felix Amerasinghe
    • 2
  • Eline Boelee
    • 3
  • Flemming Konradsen
    • 2
    • 4
  • Wim van der Hoek
    • 2
  • Tendani Nevondo
    • 1
  • Frank Rijsberman
    • 2
  1. 1.International Water Management Institute (IWMI)PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.IWMIColomboSri Lanka
  3. 3.IWMIAddis Ababa
  4. 4.Department of International HealthInstitute of Public HealthCopenhagen NDenmark

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