ILRI-N2Africa Rhizobiology Planning Meeting
11 April 2017
Jegol Hall, ILRI Campus

Introduction to the meeting:

N2Africa, a large scale R4D project, aims to bring benefits for smallholder farmers in Africa through application of effective grain legumes production technologies. In this process, rhizobial inoculants play a pivotal role to enhance grain yield and close yield gaps. Thus, rhizobiology research constitute an essential element for the project.
Strain improvement over existing strains is a process of screening and improvement continuum so any significantly strain of superior performance, and stable under laboratory and field conditions can be moved along the development pipeline towards production. Previous research efforts have been sporadic, and coordinated rigorous screening of large numbers of isolates and widespread field trials is therefore necessary. A regular annual rhizobiology team meeting and planning is vital for increased performances and sustainability of impacts.

Objectives of the meeting:

  • To highlight rhizobiology activities in institutions collaborating with the project on this specific subject and to develop annual work plan. Also, issues on quality control, location specific non-responsiveness to inoculants and challenges will be discussed.

Expected outputs:

  • Rhizobiology activities in partner institutions highlighted, and achievements during 2016 reviewed
  • Annual rhizobiology work plan will be developed and agreed among the rhizobiology team
  • Experiences with location specific results/problems will be discussed
  • Concerns on QC (quality control) issues at different levels in the supply chains will be discussed

Process to meet expected outputs:

  • Presentations and discussions. Groups will come up with their respective brief joint PowerPoint presentations – (collections/bioprospecting - elite strains symbiotic effectiveness test - specific researches), QC issues and issues to stipulate discussions)

Program

Time
Activity
Presenter
Facilitator
Rapporteur
8:30 - 9:00
Arrival and Registration

Simret

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome & Introduction to the workshop
Endalkachew


Rhizobiology activities- highlights by collaborating institutions & PhD fellow.
9:10 – 9:30
Overview of rhizobiology activity in N2Africa: Progresses, opportunities and challenges
Mahamadi Dianda
Endalkachew
Birhan
9:30 – 9:40
HwU
Tulu
9:40 – 9:50
EIAR-HARC
Abere
9:50 – 10:00
EIAR-DZARC
Sofia
10:00 – 10:10
MBI
Asnake
10:10 – 10:20
PhD Fellow
Ashenafi
10:20 – 10:30
Discussions

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee/Tea Break & Group Photo
Organizers


11:00 – 11:15
Outline and preparations for 2017 planning
Endalkachew/ Birhan


11:15 – 12:30
Group work



12: 30 – 13:30
Lunch Break
Organizers


13:30 – 15:00
Group work continue



15:00 – 15:15
Coffee/Tea Break
Organizers


15:15 – 15:45
General discussions

Endalkachew
Birhan
15:45
Wrap up/closing
Endalkachew/ Mahamadi


Meeting Materials


Meeting Pictures




Participants

  • List of participants
  • Participant Institutions
    • EIAR [Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research]
    • HWU [Hawassa University]
    • Guts Agro Industry
    • IITA [International Institute of Tropical Agriculture]
    • ILRI [International Livestock Research Institute]
    • MBI [Menagesha Biotech Industry]
    • WUR [Wageningen University]