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Session 1 2 acai_development partners presentation nigeria

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The presentations made by Rhoda Mahava and Samson Oguntoye focused on the summary of the activities they have done together with ACAI in 2018, positive experiences, key challenges, going forward in 2019, and expectations for the meeting.
The highlight of 2018 activities for development partners was the onset of the validation activities for the ACAI decision support tools. Development partner participated in the Training of Trainers and then facilitated the step down trainings at state level for project anchors in their respective states.
Following the trainings, partners established validation trials within their locales reaching a combined total of 741 new trials in 2018. In Nigeria the partners have collaborated with ACAI team on the evaluation of the different formats of the DSTs.
Partners across the two countries are set for the dissemination phase of the ACAI DSTs from 2019 by intensifying field activities and integrating learnings from ACAI into their work plan.

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Session 1 2 acai_development partners presentation nigeria

  1. 1. Development Partners’ feedback: Summary of Past Year’s Activities & Expectations for 2019 Samson Oguntoye
  2. 2. Summary Of Past Year’s Activities Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners • Val2 - Validation trials holding to verify whether the recommendations supplied by the tools outperform current practices or current blanket recommendations. • TOT sessions held for State Project Anchors of Dev. Partners: Notore & SG 2000 (Awka, March 2018), CAVA II (Abeokuta, April 2018), OYSCGA (Ibadan, April 2018) & Psaltery (Iseyin, April 2018). • Step-Down trainings for EAs from Notore, SG2000 and CAVA II to manage trial clusters were held from May - June, 2018. EAs were registered on the Step-down training day. They in turn identified and registered the HHs. • Trial establishment followed from May – July 2018 for all Use Cases across the project locations. A total of 741 trials were established by the EAs from the Development Partners.
  3. 3. Summary Of Past Year’s Activities Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners • Summary of trials established by Development Partners in 2018: Notore – 183. Psaltery – 90. OYSCGA – 60. CAVA II – 158. SG2000 - 250. • After upload of HH data on the ODK, site- specific fertilizer recommendation was proffered for each farm. • Fertilizer formulation was then sent to each SVP from IITA for the respective farms. There were different recommendations for different farms.
  4. 4. Summary Of Past Year’s Activities Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners • EA Baseline Capture was done from Aug – Sep, 2018 to capture present knowledge base of the EAs prior to the project. Total number of EAs captured was: 231 • DST Format Evaluation with Farmers and EAs was also carried out from Oct – Nov, 2018 to get the buy-in of End-Users on preferred formats. The evaluation was overlapped with Partner-specific activities as a cost saving measure. A total of 179 respondents (EAs-47; Farmers-132) were evaluated from the
  5. 5. Val2: Positive Experiences? www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Experiences with VAL2 – Development Partners • Farmers already seeing significant differences between plots (e.g. higher plant populations and lesser costs of land preparation) and are eager to see the outcome of the validation trials at harvest. • Majority of the EAs quickly adapted to use of the ODK & had little or no difficulty using the app. • All the Dev. Partners are preparing for the dissemination phase to reach out to more farmers and working towards mobilization of more EAs and Farmers for the next phase of activity. • Introduction of Extension payments based on deliverables. • Direct payment to the EAs has led to increased transparency and the Direct interface with IITA has also given them a greater sense of belonging and
  6. 6. Val2: Technical challenges www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners • Difficulties with download of new forms and uploading of data due to internet issues and complete absence of network coverage in some remote locations. • Absence of transportation/logistics cover for the movement of EAs greatly depletes their actual allowances. • Complaints from farmers on the timing and frequency of data capturing and monitoring. • EAs working with NAS not getting payments for this extra engagements with the NAS team, apart from those pre- negotiated with the Development Partners.
  7. 7. Going Forward in 2019? Notore: • Participate in the dissemination of the DST to end-users by integration of the DST into our planned farmer education activities for 2019 to reach 24,240 HH through 50 EAs • Engagement in the fertilizer blending/formulations aspect of the project to guide our cassava blends production plan. • Support current farmer outreach programs e.g. mega field days and radio sessions & training program for farmers on fertilizer application. www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners Psaltry • Be engaged in the dissemination of the DST to farmers in our field activities for 2019 to reach 1500 farmers. • Integrate learning from the project in the operation of the 3rd line of the plant planned for June 2019. • Support for the existing outreach programs e.g. radio sessions for mobilization of more farmers who could adopt DST formats • Generally, Dev.Ps expect a support framework for increased synergy between them e.g. Notore & Psaltery/ OYSCGA. Other Partner-Specific expectations are as follows;
  8. 8. Going Forward in 2019? SG2000 • Engage in the dissemination of the DST to farmers by integrating 71 EAs through group approach. • Engagement of the Management of SG2000 and State ADPs to map out program for the sustainability of the ideas of the ACAI project beyond the current spans of the SG2000 project. CAVA II • Engagement of the Management of CAVA II and State ADPs to map out program for the sustainability of the ideas of the ACAI project beyond the current spans of the CAVA II project. • Be involved in the dissemination of the DST to farmers through www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners OYSCGA • Be involved in the dissemination of the DST to farmers by integrating 55 EAs in additional 7 LGAs in the state. • Profiling of their existing farmers in the 11 LGAs where they currently have activities. • Support for planned model farm for the sustainability of the ideals of the ACA I project.
  9. 9. Key expectations from review and planning workshop 1. 120,000 targets of farmers to be reached for adoption of DST: - What is the target attributed to each partner? - How will partners be supported during dissemination phase to meet up and/or mobilize more? 2. Results from the field trials on all Use Cases: - What are the possible blends? - How will commercialization phase be attained? 3. How do we move forward with partners’ preferred DST formats? - What are the possible timelines for the dissemination? - How will project further support dissemination strategy of DevPs? www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Experiences with the VAL2 – Development Partners
  10. 10. www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

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