Stakeholder platforms to guide N2Africa business clusters in Tanzania

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Poster prepared by Frederick P. Baijukya for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014

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Stakeholder platforms to guide N2Africa business clusters in Tanzania

  1. 1. Stakeholder platforms to guide N2Africa business clusters in Tanzania Frederick P. Baijukya, Country Coordinator, Tanzania Context and background N2Africa is putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa through expanding the area, improving productivity and profitability of grain legumes and their products. The entry point is enabling input and outputs market along the product value chain. Available opportunities - There exist several stakeholders working to improve production and productivity of grain legumes. - Existence of interest groups on specific legumes (e.g. soybean growers association, bean growers association, etc). - formalized business clusters for different types of grain legumes (soybean, groundnut). - Existence of stakeholders with new many innovations. Some envisaged challenges: - Vast geographical coverage making it difficult and costly to bring key stakeholders together. - Element of competition between partners. - Poor established input output markets for grain legumes. Pictures Conclusions N2Africa in Tanzania is in process to establish stakeholder platforms to facilitate and coordinate dissemination of legume technology. The country team is looking for skills and advice on: - How to constitute and facilitate platforms. - How to keep interests of members of platforms. - tools and approaches for M&E of platforms Current and future activities N2Africa phase II (2014-2018) focuses on: . Institutionalization: forging partnerships for research in legume agronomy and rhizobiology. . Sustainability: forging partnership for development to: - Validate promising technologies. - Understand variability. - Enhance development partners to out-scale best technologies. - Conduct M& E with development partners Frederick P. Baijukya f.baijukya@cgiar.org ● Tanzania. Prepared for a capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April – 2 May 2014 http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/ This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial- Share Alike 3.0 Unported License April 2014 April- May 2014 N2Africa action areas and priority crops Past activities N2Africa phase I (2009-2013) focused on: • Proof of concept that yields and nitrogen fixed by legumes depend on the interaction between (GL x GR) x E x M, where: GL = legume genotype, GR = rhizobial strain, E = environment and M = management • Moving to scale 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 40000 2009 2010 2011 2012 Ghana Nigeria DRC Kenya Rwanda Malawi Mozambique Zimbabwe Numberoffarmersreached Total 0 17,055 80,301 208,925

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