ILRI-N2Africa Partners’ Mid-annual and Monitoring & Evaluation Review Meeting
12-13 October 2016, InfoCenter, ILRI Campus
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Introduction to the Meeting

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded project entitled “Putting nitrogen fixation to work for Smallholder farmers in Africa (N2Africa) aims to build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable African smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies including inoculants and fertilizers. National level capabilities will be developed to sustain the pipeline and delivery of continuous improvement in legume production technologies tailored to local settings. The project will reach more than 550,000 farmers with a return on investment of US$3.5 for each US$ invested.
The project is implemented by a diversity of public and private sector partners using various methods and approaches. An assessment of status of implementation is required semi-annually to enable the identification of lessons learnt, challenges and rectify such challenges. In this regard a four day workshop is planned from 12-13 October 2016. An internal N2Africa Ethiopia team section will take place on Monday with a field visit on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday the project partners will also participate to discuss the implementation status of the project and review the partnerships on delivering the joint milestones and objectives.

Objectives of the Meeting

The overall objective of the workshop is to have a review of the implementation process and develop strategies for improvement. Specific objectives will include:
  • To establish the country and partner level progress in project implementation along approach, activities, their effect, sustainability, learning and relevance;
  • Share lessons learnt and challenges from implementation of project activities by the various partners;
  • To interact and discuss with the respective partners, issues / challenges in implementation;
  • To incorporate lessons learnt in the country project implementation strategies.

Expected outputs

  • Interim evaluation of the project established;
  • Lessons learnt from implementation shared amongst the project partners;
  • Partner specific challenges discussed and solutions sought;
  • Lessons learnt incorporated into the country strategy to improve implementation of activities.

Process to meet expected outputs

Overall country target areas and related milestones for 2016 presented and individual partners’ present results of their progress based on their result areas. Levels of achievement and the underlying factors discussed in plenary. Partner specific challenges will be discussed with the coordination team. General plenary discussion will generate consensus for improvements to be made on the overall country implementation strategy.

Program

Day One, Wednesday 13th October 2016 – Lead Facilitators: Theresa Ampadu-Boakye / Edward Baars
Start
End
Activity
Presenter/facilitator
Rapporteur
8.00
8.30
Registration of participants
All

8.30
8.45
Welcome remarks, programme
Endalkachew/Fred

8.45
9.15
Country progress & targets for 2016
Endalkachew

9.15
10.15
SOUTH CLUSTER:
a) HwU, MARC and SCS
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
b) Sidama Elto Union
Experiences on seed production and supply, inoculants supply and grain marketing
Tulu D., Amare F. and Takele P.

Sisay Y.

10.15
10.35
Discussions
All/Tamiru

10.35
10.50
Coffee Break


10.50
12.50
SOUTH EAST CLUSTER:
a) SARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
b) Balegreen
-Seed production and supply, and experiences of out-growers model towards grain production and marketing
Kisi W.


Million B.

12.50
01.50
Lunch Break


01.50
02.10
Discussions
All/Tamiru

02.10
03.10
CHEWAKA CLUSTER:
a) BARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
b) Anno Agro Industry
-Experiences on seeds production and supply, challenges and way forward
Zerihun A. / Kifle D.


Benti T.

03.10
03.30
Discussions
All/Tamiru

03.30
03.45
Coffee Break


03.45
04:45
JIMMA CLUSTER:
JARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
b) FC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
Gebresilassie H. /Beza E.

Getachew K./Egata S.

04:45
05.05
Discussions
All/Tamiru

05.05

End of day one


Day Two, Thursday 14th October 2016 – Lead Facilitators: Theresa Ampadu-Boakye/Edward Baars
Start
End
Activity
Presenter/facilitator
Rapporteur
8.30
09.30
CENTRAL CLUSTER:
DZARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
b) Becho Woliso/Erer Union
-Experiences on seed production and supply, inoculants supply and grain marketing
Sofia K. /Abera G.

Dejene H./Mekonnen H.

09.30
09.50
Discussion
All

09.50
10.50
PAWE CLUSTER:
a) PARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
Getachew Y./Desalegn T.

10.50
11.05
Coffee Break


11.05
11.25
Discussion
All

11.25
12.25
NORTH CLUSTER
a) GARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
b) Tsehay Union
-Experiences on seed production and supply, inoculants supply and grain marketing
c) ADARC
-Implementation progresses, achievements (planned), challenges, lessons and way forward
Yonas W. /Baye A.


Endalkachew A.


Yazie C.

12.25
12.45
Discussion
All

12.45
1.45
Lunch Break


1.45
2.15
Presentation Matrix on Partnerships key Milestones findings – updated
Edward

2.15
3.00
Capitalization and progressive insight based strategy adjustments in activities – approaches
  • Input supply;
  • Output markets;
  • Dissemination.
Theresa/Edward

3.00
4.00
General discussions and conclusions (roll-out coffee)


4.00
4.15
Closing
Fred/Endalkachew


Meeting Materials



Participants

  • List of participants
  • Participant Institutions
    • ARARI [Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute]
      • ADARC (Adet Agricultural Research Center)
      • GARC (Gondar Agricultural Research Center)
    • Balegreen [Balegreen Spice and Grain Development Plc]
    • EIAR [Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research]
      • DZARC (Debrezeit Agricultural Research Center)
      • HARC (Holeta Agricultural Research Center)
      • MARC (Melkassa Agricultural Research Center)
      • PARC (Pawe Agricultural Research Center)
    • FC [Facilitator for Change]
    • HWU [Hawassa University]
    • IITA [International Institute of Tropical Agriculture]
    • ILRI [International Livestock Research Institute]
    • Mama Farmers Cooperatives Union
    • OARI [Oromia Agricultural Research Institute]
      • BARC (Bako Agricultural Research Center)
    • SCS [Sodo Chatolic Secretariate]
    • Sidama Elto Farmers Cooperatives Union
    • Tsehay Farmers Cooperatives Union
    • Wageningen University [WUR]

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Logos of Participant Institutions.