In the Biovision-funded ABCD in Regreening project, the asset-based community-driven development (ABCD) team conducts a theory-based contribution analysis to show that process matters and, specifically, how the participatory ABCD approach contributes to the outcomes targeted by the project. These objectives include strategic collaboration with the Regreening Africa project, and the adoption of promoted land restoration practices, alongside a more widely framed efficient, sustainable and circular resource use at individual and communal levels based on the ‘start where you are, use what you have’ principles.
Following ICRAF’s ABCD training manual, the project uses a five-step ABCD approach to foster a sense of agency that contributes to sustainable behaviour change. The project works with 30 community groups in Homa Bay County to co-develop asset- and strength-based individual and community action plans. Regular participatory monitoring and evaluation sessions (indirectly) support implementation.
A complex research design, combining qualitative and quantitative methods, was developed to guide the planned comparison. Biovision’s farm-level agroecology tool (FACT) is used to understand the degree of agroecological integration at farm level, and behaviour change towards holistic agroecological transition.
Project timeframe: January 2021 – December 2023
Countries: Homa Bay County, Kenya