Innovation Platforms in the Aquaculture Value
Chain in Egypt
Malcolm Dickson and Remco Mur

National Aquaculture Innovatio...
CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program

The program
• A collaboration between CGIAR centers (CIAT, ICARDA,
WorldFish, I...
CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program
Why Livestock and Fish?
• Animal-source foods provide critical inputs to the hea...
CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program

Expected outcomes
• Aquaculture: increase fish consumption by 20% in target val...
Sustainable Development Goals - Linkages
 01 End poverty
 02 Empower girls and women and achieve gender equity
03 Provid...
The IEIDEAS project
Improving Employment and Income
through Development of Egypt’s
Aquaculture Sector
The aquaculture value chain in Egypt
• Provides significant benefits for the Egyptian people;
• Economic activity ($ 1.5 b...
Aquaculture production and markets
Production
focused in
aqua zones

Markets widely
dispersed but
within Egypt
Characteristics of the aquaculture value chain in
Egypt
• Other stakeholders; feed mills, equipment suppliers,
hatcheries,...
Innovation Platforms
Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS)
• a network of organizations, enterprises, and individuals
• Focus on ‘innovation’ i...
Innovation Platforms (IP)
• A way to make AIS thinking more concrete and
actionable
• Groups of stakeholders who come toge...
Innovation platforms and value chains
This workshop
Innovation platforms in the
aquaculture value chain in Egypt
Objectives
To contribute to aquaculture value chain developme...
National Innovation Platform workshop
Objectives
• To develop clear ideas to stimulate growth of the
Egyptian aquaculture ...
National Innovation Platform workshop
Outputs

• key challenges and opportunities identified, prioritised
and explored
• d...
Workshop Programme – Wednesday 19 February
09:30

Opening and introduction of participants

10:00

Context of the workshop...
Workshop Programme – Thursday 20 February
08:30

Opening and recap of day 1

08:45

Stakeholder group work to identify wha...
Market place (30 min)
Issues defined at Governorate level
• Presenting the posters from the Governorate-level meetings
• A...
Prioritizing issues
Process:
• Each participant is provided with 2 stickers
• Stick your stickers on the two issues you fi...
World Café: Analysis of the issues
• From the list of prioritized issues the top 10 will be
addressed
• Two rounds will ea...
Stakeholder group work
• Participants are regrouped into stakeholder sub-groups
• Answer the following question:
What can ...
Establishing working groups

• Working groups are established to work on these
issues in the coming months / years
• Peopl...
Developing initial action plans
• according to identified working groups
• identify potential strategies to address the is...
Organising the process
• Formalising the IP (leadership)
• Facilitation of Working Groups
• Coordination
• Documentation
•...
Evaluation of the workshop
• Each participant takes two cards
• On one card write one thing you liked about the
workshop
•...
CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish
livestockfish.cgiar.org

CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizati...
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  • Poster session need to be set up beforehandWe need to make sure that table arrangements allow for group discussionsFor Poster Sessions and World Cafe, one big meeting room with sufficient space to move is preferred rather than smaller rooms for break out sessions.For other sessions (e.g. day 2, break out rooms are an option)In the coffee break after the market place, facilitators need to cluster the different cards and bring them together topic wise
  • Poster session need to be set up beforehandWe need to make sure that table arrangements allow for group discussionsFor Poster Sessions and World Cafe, one big meeting room with sufficient space to move is preferred rather than smaller rooms for break out sessions.For other sessions (e.g. day 2, break out rooms are an option)In the coffee break after the market place, facilitators need to cluster the different cards and bring them together topic wise
  • Do we need to prepare a format for reporting, e.g. put on each table a flipchart divided in 5 in which the reflections on each question can be documented? Or should there be a note taker?Revisit the question (during preparatory session in Cairo)
  • How?? Not much time available
  • Innovation platforms in the aquaculture value chain in Egypt

    1. 1. Innovation Platforms in the Aquaculture Value Chain in Egypt Malcolm Dickson and Remco Mur National Aquaculture Innovation Platform Workshop, Cairo, 19-20 February 2014
    2. 2. CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program The program • A collaboration between CGIAR centers (CIAT, ICARDA, WorldFish, ILRI), • Within selected value chains across Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America • To foster the growth and inclusivity of livestock value chains around the world and to achieve, at scale, more meat, milk and fish, by and for the poor. See: http://livestockfish.cgiar.org/ and see http://www.ilri.org/home
    3. 3. CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program Why Livestock and Fish? • Animal-source foods provide critical inputs to the health of women and children • Nearly 1 billion (70%) of the world’s 1.4 billion extremely poor people depend on livestock; • two-thirds of the world’s livestock keepers are rural women • 400 million people in Africa and South Asia depend on fish for most of their animal protein • 156 million landless people keep livestock
    4. 4. CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program Expected outcomes • Aquaculture: increase fish consumption by 20% in target value chains • Goats and sheep: increase productivity to double incomes in target value chains • Dairy and pigs: double productivity and incomes in target value chains
    5. 5. Sustainable Development Goals - Linkages  01 End poverty  02 Empower girls and women and achieve gender equity 03 Provide quality education and lifelong learning 04 Ensure healthy lives  05 Ensure food security and good nutrition 06 Achieve universal access to water and sanitation 07 Secure sustainable energy  08 Create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth  09 Manage natural resource assets sustainably 10 Ensure good governance and effective institutions 11 Ensure stable and peaceful societies COLLABORATE a global enabling environment & catalyze long term finance 12 Create
    6. 6. The IEIDEAS project Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector
    7. 7. The aquaculture value chain in Egypt • Provides significant benefits for the Egyptian people; • Economic activity ($ 1.5 billion) • Employment (100,000+ FTE) • Food security (one fish per person per week) • Relatively simple value chain Producers Transporters & wholesalers Retailers ~ 6,000 fish farms ~ 800 wholesalers ~ 5,000 female retailers, ?? male Medium scale businesses Medium scale businesses Small-scale businesses High feed costs, declining profits Low margins but high volumes Low margins, high risk
    8. 8. Aquaculture production and markets Production focused in aqua zones Markets widely dispersed but within Egypt
    9. 9. Characteristics of the aquaculture value chain in Egypt • Other stakeholders; feed mills, equipment suppliers, hatcheries, ice suppliers, restaurants, fish fry shops • Hardly any processing or exports of farmed fish • Continued expansion possible if profitability maintained • Opportunities for sustainable and equitable growth, including for women • Sector has developed despite poor support and negative policies • Environmental issues need to be considered
    10. 10. Innovation Platforms
    11. 11. Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) • a network of organizations, enterprises, and individuals • Focus on ‘innovation’ in a sector rather than on “production” • Innovation is a combination of ‘hardware’, ‘software’ and ‘orgware’ • Actor oriented • Breaks with the idea that research is the major source of knowledge • Knowledge is generated (from different sources) and learning takes place through stakeholder interaction • Complementing roles of multiple actors and the importance of linkages among them • The demand side must be included in the innovation process • Policies are important to innovation
    12. 12. Innovation Platforms (IP) • A way to make AIS thinking more concrete and actionable • Groups of stakeholders who come together to discuss and address challenges and opportunities • Members represent organizations or groups that have different but often complementary objectives and interests • Working with different stakeholders may lead to new fields of enquiry
    13. 13. Innovation platforms and value chains
    14. 14. This workshop
    15. 15. Innovation platforms in the aquaculture value chain in Egypt Objectives To contribute to aquaculture value chain development by: • Facilitating a process of engagement to develop clear ideas to stimulate growth of the Egyptian aquaculture sector • Identifying challenges in the national and local institutional policy environment pertaining the aquaculture value chain and a way forward • Provide input to an agenda for the development of the aquaculture sector
    16. 16. National Innovation Platform workshop Objectives • To develop clear ideas to stimulate growth of the Egyptian aquaculture sector by identifying, exploring and addressing value chain challenges • Start up working groups working on specific prioritised issues related to the Aquaculture Value Chain • Identifying capacity needs related to innovation platforms’ performance
    17. 17. National Innovation Platform workshop Outputs • key challenges and opportunities identified, prioritised and explored • different working groups established • an initial assessment of the capacity needs related to innovation platforms
    18. 18. Workshop Programme – Wednesday 19 February 09:30 Opening and introduction of participants 10:00 Context of the workshop 10:15 Presentation on Innovation Platforms and how they work 10:30 Presentation of Governorate-level issues from the preparatory meetings 11:00 Coffee break 11:15 Categorizing issues and linking them to impact pathways 11:45 Prioritizing issues and deciding on working group process 12:15 Analysis of the issues, identify causes and effects and stakeholders who need to be part of the solution – Round 1 13:00 Lunch break 14:00 Round 1 cont’d 14:30 Analysis of the issues – Round 2 15:30 Coffee break 15:45 Round 2 cont’d 16:16 Reporting back from working groups 17:15 Closure 19:30 Dinner on the Nile
    19. 19. Workshop Programme – Thursday 20 February 08:30 Opening and recap of day 1 08:45 Stakeholder group work to identify what each can do to address the issues 10:00 Developing initial action plans 10:45 Coffee break 11:00 Action plans cont’d 11:30 Reporting back action plans 12:00 Establishing working groups for future work and organising the process 12:45 Evaluation of the workshop 13:00 Lunch break 14:00 Summary presentation of workshop to high-level stakeholders and discussion 15:00 Closing remarks 16:00 Closure
    20. 20. Market place (30 min) Issues defined at Governorate level • Presenting the posters from the Governorate-level meetings • At each poster: at least one representative from the respective Governorate • Other participants are asked to start at any poster (not their own) • Governorate representatives clarify issues on the posters • Participants circulate the room until they have viewed all posters
    21. 21. Prioritizing issues Process: • Each participant is provided with 2 stickers • Stick your stickers on the two issues you find most important (you can also stick both stickers on one issue) • The number of stickers (votes) will be counted for each issue Keep in mind the following criteria: • Relevant to more than one governorate • Urgent • Severe • Impacts the sector as a whole
    22. 22. World Café: Analysis of the issues • From the list of prioritized issues the top 10 will be addressed • Two rounds will each address 5 issues • Participants select an issue and table to attend • Exploring the issue:  Clarify the issue (opportunity / challenge)  What are the possible causes and effects?  How severe / urgent is it?  Who is/are affected?  Who has to be part of the solution? • Document answers on flipcharts / cards on the tables • First round: 30 minutes • After 30 minutes: opportunity to change groups • Following rounds are 15-20 minutes each
    23. 23. Stakeholder group work • Participants are regrouped into stakeholder sub-groups • Answer the following question: What can you do about the issue / how can you contribute to a solutions? How feasible are your suggestions (time-wise, budgetwise,…)? • Write your feasible “strategies” on cards and stick them to the issues • In what issue / working group do you need to be a represented? • Indicate where they need representation by sticking the name of the group at the poster
    24. 24. Establishing working groups • Working groups are established to work on these issues in the coming months / years • People are asked to create Working Groups by committing themselves to one (or more) of the themes by writing their names on the flipchart • Please only commit to a working group if you are able and willing to do the work • Stakeholder groups can discuss who should represent the stakeholder in what Working Group
    25. 25. Developing initial action plans • according to identified working groups • identify potential strategies to address the issue by answering the following questions: o What are effective strategies to address the issue? (based on the cards of the actor groups) o Who should be involved? o What is feasible? • After 45 minutes, participants are asked to develop an action plan based on a provided format
    26. 26. Organising the process • Formalising the IP (leadership) • Facilitation of Working Groups • Coordination • Documentation • Feedback • Reflection mechanisms for the working groups
    27. 27. Evaluation of the workshop • Each participant takes two cards • On one card write one thing you liked about the workshop • On the other card write something that did not go so well during the workshop
    28. 28. CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish livestockfish.cgiar.org CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems in sustainable ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable across the developing world.

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