Collaborative partnership for better technology selection and intervention planning

Leveraging partnerships for effective development planning, BENEFIT-REALISE, held a two-day workshop to align available technologies from research institutions (Ethiopian Institute for Agriculture Research (EIAR) & Regional Agriculture Research Institutes), BENEFIT-CASCAPE, BENEFIT-ISSD and NGOs and strengthen partnership to foster better collaboration. Over fifty participants representing federal and regional research institutes, Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), NGOs (SNV) and BENEFIT programmes staff attended the workshop.

Following the welcoming remark and introduction, the PRA process and the findings from 120 representative kebeles (full PRA, using ten tools in 24 and light PRA using two tools in 96 Kebeles) was presented.

The PRA looked at the farming systems and agro ecology; constraints in the farming systems; coping strategies; problems identified by women, youth, low asset farmers; capacities, opportunities, development partners present and existing resources.

The majority of the sessions were devoted to sharing experiences of BENEFIT programmes and research institutes to identify technology options, practices and key success factors BENEFIT-REALISE should consider in its intervention planning process. Lessons from the following were discussed in depth.

BENEFIT programmes

  1. CASCAPE best fit practices that match with REALISE woredas
  2. BENEFIT- ISSD – Strategies for addressing seed availability problems in BENEFIT-REALISE woredas

Presentations from federal and regional research institutes: crop and forage production and seed availability technology options for BENEFIT-REALISE to consider

  1. Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
  2. Tigray Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) r
  3. Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI)
  4. Oromia Agriculture Research Institute (OARI)
  5. Southern Agriculture Research Institute (SARI)

During one of the sessions, the participants reviewed major components of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MoALR, EIAR and ATA. The MOU was prepared at national level to clearly set roles and responsibilities of the three participating parties in joint validation of appropriate technologies, identification of appropriate fertilizer recommendation regimes and scaling strategies for successful technology promotion. The clusters will have their own MoU signed at regional level. To facilitate the discussion for partnership and collaboration an Institutional Advisory Structure was established at national level. The progamme also have seconded staff from RARI or EIAR depending on proximity to share lessons and experiences, to co-implement the programme and strengthen collaboration. Duration of the MoU is end of 2020.

 

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