Project Cycle

AATF pursues its long term objectives following a phased approach as detailed below:

Phase Phase Name Step Step Description Expected output and paper trail
0 Intelligence Gathering 0 Agricultural Problem/Solution Intelligence Gathering Product Idea report
1 Business Plan Development







Product Concept Identification

Product Concept Note Development Scientific/Technical/Legal Review

Feasibility Assessment

Project Business Plan Development

Board Recommendation

Product Concept report
Product Concept Note
Reviewed Concept Note
Feasibility Report
Business Plan
BOT endorsed business plan
2 Product Development





Product Development

Risk Management Strategy Communication Strategy Development

Baseline Study for Impact Assessment

Product ready to deploy
Risk Mitigation Plan
Communication Plan
Baseline data
3 Product Deployment






Product Deployment in Pilot Locations

Impact Assessment

Planning for Cross-Border Expansion Wide Scale Product Deployment

Exit strategy

Product used in pilot locations

Measure of impact

Cross-Border Expansion Plan

Sustained product use

Monitoring reports


  • AATF continuously undertakes intelligence gathering on technological breakthroughs locally and internationally with a view to generating ideas that can be nurtured into projects for addressing constraints to crop productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (Phase 0).
  • Promising ideas are then discussed and screened for feasibility through consultations with stakeholders leading to the formulation of Project Business Plans (Phase 1).
  • For each project, the Business Plan serves as a key document for guiding project implementation and the interactive mechanisms for collaborating partners during research, testing and adaptation of products as well as technologies in target areas (Phase 2)
  • It also guides activities critical for product deployment to reach smallholder farmers and other end users (Phase 3).

This approach encompasses implementation of all planned activities, including triggers for project sign-off, also called ‘exit strategy’.

The process of identification, formulation and implementation of AATF projects does not rigidly follow a top-down, linear approach as outlined in the table but is intended to portray a flexible and iterative scheme involving periodic wide-ranging stakeholder consultations with built-in triggers for ‘go' or 'no-go’ decisions. These steps may even be overlapping for specific projects as in the figure below.

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