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Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons
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Multi-stakeholder platforms strengthening selection and use of fodder technologies in Ethiopia: some lessons

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A presentation prepared by Ergano, K.; Duncan, A.; Adie, A.; Tedla, A.; Woldewahid, G.; Ayele, Z.; Berhanu, G. and Alemayehu, N. for the International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable …

A presentation prepared by Ergano, K.; Duncan, A.; Adie, A.; Tedla, A.; Woldewahid, G.; Ayele, Z.; Berhanu, G. and Alemayehu, N. for the International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food, Montpellier, 28 June-3 July, 2010.

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  • 1. MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PLATFORMS STRENGTHENING SELECTION AND USE OF FODDER TECHNOLOGIES IN ETHIOPIA : SOME LESSONS
    Ergano, K., A. Duncan, A. Adie, A. Tedla, G. Woldewahid,
    Z. Ayele, G. Berhanu and N. Alemayehu
  • 2. Outline
    Context
    Hypothesis
    Approaches
    Outcomes
    Lessons
    Conclusion
  • 3. Context
    Low productivity and subsistence-oriented livestock production are common features in Ethiopia
    Feed scarcity is primary constraint to livestock production
    Years of unsuccessful efforts to promote uptake of fodder technologies
  • 4.
  • 5. Premises of Fodder Adoption Project – Need for Business Unusual
    Recognize innovation evolves through continuous interaction among stakeholders
    Hypothesis: Fodder scarcity is not just about technologies but also about the collective capacity of a network of individuals and organizations
    Use innovation system framework for engagement of multiple actors
    Focus: generating innovation rather than mere research products or technologies
  • 6. Approaches
    Technical fodder interventions were used as an entry point
    Actors associated with livestock value chain were included in the platform through:
    Formal and informal invitations
    Personal contacts and
    Self interest over the course of the project implementation
    A range of value chain issues were addressed by stakeholders as they emerge
  • 7. Focus group discussions
  • 8. Training and arranging supply of appropriate inputs e.g. seed or planting material
  • 9. Planted forages in farmers’ fields
  • 10. Field learning with multiple stakeholders at Mieso, October 2009
  • 11. Innovation processes in Ada’a Ethiopia
    Technical intervention
    Institutional innovation
    Land o Lakes
    Land o Lakes
    Eden Field
    Eden Field
    Seeds
    Seeds
    Crop Grow
    Crop Grow
    plc
    plc
    FAP
    Farmers
    NARS
    NARS
    FAP
    FAP
    NARS
    NARS
    Land o Lakes
    Land o Lakes
    Eden Field
    Eden Field
    Seeds
    Seeds
    Ethiopian
    Ethiopian
    Meat & Dairy
    Meat & Dairy
    Tech Inst.
    Tech Inst.
    Ministry
    Ministry
    Farmers
    FAP
    NARS
    NARS
    IPMS
    IPMS
    Ethiopian
    (extension)
    (extension)
    Meat & Dairy
    Ministry
    Ministry
    IPMS
    IPMS
    Tech Inst.
    (extension)
    (extension)
    FAP
    Ministry
    Ministry
    IPMS
    IPMS
    (extension)
    (extension)
    Godino
    Dairy
    Godino
    Dairy
    Ada

    a
    Dairy
    Ada

    a
    Dairy
    Co
    -
    op
    Co
    -
    op
    Co
    -
    op
    Co
    -
    op
    May 2008
    Seed
    sourced
    44 farmers
    plant on
    own fields
    X-bred cows
    sourced
    Farmers
    purchase
    seed
    60 farmers
    plant on
    own fields
    Milk transport
    issues voiced
    Dec 2009
    11
    Fodder
    options
    identified
    Dairy co-op
    formed
    FAP
    Farmers
    Milk transport
    negotiations
    ongoing
  • 12. Emerging outcomes
    Farmers’ awareness about planted forages improving
    Innovation platform dealing with constraints along dairy value chain
    A young dairy cooperative supplying milk to market regularly
    Local partners taking over the role of stakeholder platform facilitation
    Out-growers scheme for forage seeds emerging
    Commercial fodder production becoming a competitive business enterprise
  • 13. Lessons/Observations
    Participatory selection of priority farmers’ priority problems
    Stakeholder platforms should not be simply a ‘talk shop’
    Embedding fodder innovation in livestock value chain issues is critical for successful adoption of forage technologies
    Functioning inputs and output markets and basic development infrastructure are key to innovation
  • 14. Lessons/Observations …
    Strong convening agency with skilled personnel
    Pragmatism to adapt to changing circumstances and uncertainty
    Trust, mutual respect and patience, especially in the face of frustration and slow progress
    Innovation processes takes longer than regular tech transfer
    Monitoring and self evaluation of the process: meeting logs
  • 15. Concluding remarks
    Stakeholder platforms can foster innovation where market access is good and the range of actors is reasonably broad
    Forage development is largely driven by urbanization and markets – platforms can accelerate the process
    Need for enhancing learning throughout the broad innovation system at all levels of organization (individual, organization and system wide)
    Concrete evidences is needed to showcase and bring large-scale institutional and policy change
  • 16. Acknowledgement
  • 17. Thanks!!!

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