Banana and plantain in Africa: Harnessing international partnerships to increase research impact
19 partners/donors, 4 main ones360-400 attendees (non-scientific and high-profile)101 presentations, 40 exhibition boothsoutputs: - put IITA/banana on the map - proceedings - strategy
Publications: COMMUNICATIONSReport from Burgess Communication on Pan-African Banana Conference inMombasa, Kenya:“Promotion of the first ever Pan-African Banana Conference in Mombasa, Kenyaresulted in widespread coverage across Africa.”129 newspaper articles, magazines, radio, TVInc. BBC, VOA, RFI, New AfricanTotal print newspaper or magazine circulation 401,000Total broadcast audience 43,714,285Total impact 44,115,285Also: www.banana2008.com
Oversight of strategy development Banana and plantain in Africa: Harnessing international partnerships to increase research impact
How will we do it?Avoid business as usualCapture participants’ rich expertise and experienceActivist conference – focus on advocacyCollective wisdom on What needs to change?How, where and with whom this will be achieved?
Theme and topics – plenary plus breakout sessions and posters
How will we do it?Role of• presenters: succinct overview• chairs: time management clarification of implications• conveners: record key messages: presentations, discussions, posters & cards on boards 1 – 3 recommendations• facilitators: catalyse process – chair and convener meetings (10.30 & 8.00) – convener and theme coordinator meetings (18.30 & 13.30)
How will we do it?Strategy day Format (Thursday 9th)Morning plenary• Building strategies to mobilise the banana sector in Africa• Reporting back of What needs to change? by theme coordinators – Markets and trade – Production – Innovation systemsAfternoon participatory sessions: – East African Highland Banana – Dessert Banana – Plantain
How will we do it?Strategy day OutputTo build specific strategies to mobilise the banana sector in Africafor local, regional and international markets – East African Highland Banana – Dessert Banana – PlantainWhat needs to change?How can this be achieved?With whom?When and where?
What will we achieve?• A freely available publication in Scripta HorticulturaeBased on informed opinion of a range of specialist stakeholdersSpecifies strategies that harness international partnershipsAuthoritative guidelines to chart the way forwardA tool for decision makers, donors, institutions to prioritise investments toincrease the impact of researchTo contribute to the transformation of banana into an economic driver forthe well being of people in Africa, increased food security andsustainable development
Why are we here?Bananas adopted with enthusiasm in AfricaBackbone to many farming systemsDessert / cooking / juicing / plantainPrevent erosion, survive floods, drought and civil conflictStarchy staple, weaning food, snack, export
Why are we here?Key technologies?Knowledge transfer?Market information?Business skills?Input supplies?Policy and regulation systems?• What needs to change?• How can this be achieved?
How will we do it?PostersAvailable throughout conference for all participantsAuthors available:Monday – Markets and Trade (11) Production: Post Harvest (33) Seed Systems (10)Tuesday – Production: Plant Health (76) Genetic Improvement (25)Wednesday – Innovation Systems (7) Production: Agronomy (64)Conveners for each breakout session to designate team to record keymessages and to selects outstanding posters