ILRI-N2Africa Rhizobiology Team Annual Planning Meeting
25 March 2016
Sofomer Hall, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa


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 above existing strains is a process of screening and incremental improvement so any significantly better strain that is robust 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
  • To develop rhizobiology annual work plan
  • To discuss on quality control issues, location specific non-responsiveness to inoculants and challenges To ensure common approaches to compile Annual Report;

Expected outputs

  • Rhizobiology undertakings in partner institutions will be highlighted
  • 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, plenary and group 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

Participants arrive at their respective Hotels by 24th January 2016.
Date: Friday, 25th January 2016
Time
Activity
Presenter
Facilitator
Rapporteur
8:00 - 8:30
Arrival and Registration
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Simret

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

Rhizobiology activities- highlights by collaborating institutions
9:10 – 9:20
HwU
Tulu
Endalkachew
Birhan/Tamiru
9:20 – 9:30
HARC
Abere
9:30 – 9:40
DZARC
Sofia
9:40 – 9:50
MBI
Asnake
9:50 – 10: 15
General Discussions

10:15 – 10:45
Coffee/Tea Break & Group Photo
Organizers
10:45 – 11:00
Outline and preparations for planning, partners break into groups (HwU, HARC and MBI)
Endalkachew
Endalkachew
Birhan/Tamiru
11:00 – 12:30
Group work (group assign chairperson and Rapporteur)



12: 30 – 13:30
Lunch Break
Organizers
13:30 – 15 30
Group work continue



15:30 – 15:45
Coffee/Tea Break
Organizers
15:45 – 16:30
Group presentation
Group
Endalkachew
Birhan/Tamiru
16:30 – 17:00
General discussions

17:15
Closing
TBA



Meeting Materials


Pictures

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Partial views of the ILRI-N2Africa rhizobiology planning meeting participants_25 March 2016, ILRI-Campus, Addis Ababa



Participants

  • List of participants
  • Participant Institutions
    • EIAR [Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research]
    • HWU [Hawassa University]
    • MBI [Menagesha Biotech Industry]


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Logos of ILRI-N2Africa Rhizobiology Team Annual Planning Meeting_25 March 2016