ILRI-N2Africa Public-Private Partnership Meetings
14-17 September 2015
Beshale Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary

ILRI-N2Africa organized and facilitated a multi-stakeholder “Public-Private Partnership Meeting” at Beshale Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The partnerships are clustered based on the priority legume crops and geographical areas with the objectives of ensuring long-term sustainability of knowledge transfer, legume technology dissemination, efficient input supply chains and access to markets. On the event, lead partners made an overview presentations of their cluster partnership and member partners highlighted their specific roles, contributions and way forward. Project National staff (Dr. Endalkachew Woldemeskel, Birhan Abdulkadir, and Tamiru Amanu) along with the Project Coordinator (Fred Kanampiu), Project Senior Business Officer (Edward Baars) and Project M&E Specialist (Theresa Ampadu-Boakye) were facilitating the process to understand the level of collaboration between partners, potential synergy, challenges faced and design future directions for increased performance and sustainability of impacts. More than 65 participants from 21 institutions and positions were attended the meetings.
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Meeting with Central, Pawe & Jimma Cluster Partners, 16 Sep 2015 (Photo credit: ILRI/Apolo Habtamu)

Introduction

N2Africa is a large scale, science-based “research-in-development” project focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa. Its vision of success is to build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies (including improved seeds, inoculants and fertilizers), efficient input supply chains and market linkage.

As a mode of implementation, N2Africa has designed and developed partnerships with different public, private and development legume value chain actors to ensure long-term sustainability of knowledge transfer, legume technology dissemination, efficient input supply chains and access to markets.

These partnerships are composed of multi-stakeholders and are clustered based on the priority legume crops and geographical areas. It is usually expected that there will be potential conflict of interest among the partners and performances are not uniform across the partnerships. It is, therefore, important to engage with the partners from the very beginning to understand the level of collaboration in implementation of activities, potential synergy and any supports needed to better coin future directions for increased performance and sustainability of impacts.

Objectives of the meetings

  • To have a better understanding of the different partnerships in terms of collaborations, synergies, performances, processes of monitoring and evaluation and identify potential challenges and any sort of support needed for future directions.

Expected Outputs

  • The performance (collaborations, positive synergy) of each partnership will be identified.
  • Potential partnership challenges and opportunities will be identified.
  • Clear future directions will be set and partnerships will be further comprehended and strengthened.
  • Agreed processes to monitor and evaluate specific partnerships’ activities and results.

Process to meet expected outputs

Presentations, focused meetings and discussions with each partnership cluster. Partners will come with their key notes and concerns to stipulate discussions (Progresses with implementation of activities, synergies with stakeholders- initiatives/plans to pull together efforts; undertakings with legume value chain activities, challenges and suggested solutions, future directions).

Meetings in Cluster

Day 1: Meeting with Southern Cluster Partnership

  • Brief Overview of Southern Cluster Partnership (Presentation)
Key Partners of Southern Cluster Partners
Key roles
Hawassa University & EIAR- MARC
Technical support, evidence and dissemination
CRS-F2F
Capacity development, and agribusiness support
ECC-SCS
Dissemination
MBI
Inoculant supply
ACOS
Grain buyer
Sidama Elto Union
Input distribution channel, grain bulking
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Day 2: Meeting with South Eastern and Chewaka Cluster Partners

  • Brief Overview of South Eastern Cluster Partnership (Presentation)
  • Brief Overview of Chewaka Cluster Partnership (Presentation)
Key South Eastern & Chewaka Cluster Partners
Key roles
OARI (SARC & BARC)
Technical support, evidence and dissemination
Balegreen
Seed, dissemination and grain market
MfM
Dissemination
IFDC-2SCALE
Business support, dissemination
Guts Agro
Grain buyer-lead firm
MBI
Inoculant supply
ACOS
Grain buyer
Hunde Chewaka Union
Input distribution, grain bulking and marketing
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Day 3: Meeting with Central, Pawe and Jimma Cluster Partners

Key Central, Pawe & Jimma Cluster Partners
Key roles
EIAR (PARC, JARC & DZARC)
Technical support, evidence and dissemination
SNV-C4C
Business support, dissemination
FC
Dissemination, nutrition, gender
AKF
Grain buyer
MBI
Inoculant supply
ACOS
Grain buyer
Becho Woliso Union
Input distribution, grain bulking and marketing
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Day 4: Meeting with North Cluster Partners and N2Africa MSc & PhD Fellows

Key North Cluster Partners
Key roles
ARARI (GARC & ADARC)
Technical support, evidence and dissemination
SNV-C4C
Business support, dissemination
MBI
Inoculant supply
Tsehay Union
Seed, input distribution, grain bulking and marketing
  • N2Africa M.Sc and PhD Fellows
M.Sc Fellow-Adoption studies
Dagmawit Tesfaye
Haramaya University (HU)
M.Sc Fellow-Adoption studies
Yitbarek Tegegne
Haramaya University (HU)
M.Sc Fellows Supervisor
Dr. Workneh Kassa
Haramaya University (HU)
PhD Fellow-Rhizobiology
Ashenafi Hailu
Wageningen University (WUR)
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Meeting Materials


Participants

  • List of participants
  • Participant Institutions
    • ACOS [Agricultural Commodity Supplies]
    • ARARI [Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute]
    • Balegreen
    • Becho Woliso Farmers Cooperatives Union
    • CAFS [Centre for African Family Studies]
    • CRS-F2F [Catholic Relief Service-Farmer to Farmer]
    • EIAR [Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research]
    • FCE [Facilitator for Change]
    • HU [Haramaya University]
    • HWU [Hawassa University]
    • IFDC-2SCALE
    • IITA [International Institute of Tropical Agriculture]
    • ILRI [International Livestock Research Institute]
    • MBI [Menagesha Biotech Industry]
    • MfM [Menschen fur Menschen]
    • OARI [Oromia Agricultural Research Institute]
    • SCS [Sodo Chatolic Secretariate]
    • Sidama Elto Farmers Cooperatives Union
    • SNV-C4C
    • Tsehay Farmers Cooperatives Union
    • WUR [Wageningen University]