MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PLATFORMS STRENGTHENING SELECTION AND USE OF FODDER TECHNOLOGIES IN ETHIOPIA : SOME LESSONS<br />Ergano,...
Outline<br />Context<br />Hypothesis<br />Approaches <br />Outcomes<br />Lessons<br />Conclusion<br />
Context<br />Low productivity and subsistence-oriented livestock production are common features in Ethiopia <br />Feed sca...
Premises of Fodder Adoption Project – Need for Business Unusual<br />Recognize innovation evolves through continuous inter...
Approaches<br />Technical fodder interventions were used as an entry point<br />Actors associated with livestock value cha...
Focus group discussions<br />
Training and arranging supply of appropriate inputs e.g. seed or planting material<br />
Planted forages in farmers’ fields<br />
Field learning with multiple stakeholders at Mieso, October 2009<br />
Innovation processes in Ada’a Ethiopia<br />Technical intervention<br />Institutional innovation<br />Land o Lakes<br />La...
Emerging outcomes<br />Farmers’ awareness about planted forages improving<br />Innovation platform dealing with constraint...
Lessons/Observations<br />Participatory selection of priority farmers’ priority problems <br />Stakeholder platforms shoul...
Lessons/Observations …<br />Strong convening agency with skilled personnel<br />Pragmatism to adapt to changing circumstan...
Concluding remarks<br />Stakeholder platforms can foster innovation where market access is good and the range of actors is...
Acknowledgement<br />
Thanks!!!<br />
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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 Development in Agriculture and Food, Montpellier, 28 June-3 July, 2010.

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

  1. 1. MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PLATFORMS STRENGTHENING SELECTION AND USE OF FODDER TECHNOLOGIES IN ETHIOPIA : SOME LESSONS<br />Ergano, K., A. Duncan, A. Adie, A. Tedla, G. Woldewahid, <br />Z. Ayele, G. Berhanu and N. Alemayehu<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Context<br />Hypothesis<br />Approaches <br />Outcomes<br />Lessons<br />Conclusion<br />
  3. 3. Context<br />Low productivity and subsistence-oriented livestock production are common features in Ethiopia <br />Feed scarcity is primary constraint to livestock production<br />Years of unsuccessful efforts to promote uptake of fodder technologies<br />
  4. 4.
  5. 5. Premises of Fodder Adoption Project – Need for Business Unusual<br />Recognize innovation evolves through continuous interaction among stakeholders<br />Hypothesis: Fodder scarcity is not just about technologies but also about the collective capacity of a network of individuals and organizations <br />Use innovation system framework for engagement of multiple actors<br />Focus: generating innovation rather than mere research products or technologies<br />
  6. 6. Approaches<br />Technical fodder interventions were used as an entry point<br />Actors associated with livestock value chain were included in the platform through:<br />Formal and informal invitations<br />Personal contacts and<br />Self interest over the course of the project implementation <br />A range of value chain issues were addressed by stakeholders as they emerge<br />
  7. 7. Focus group discussions<br />
  8. 8. Training and arranging supply of appropriate inputs e.g. seed or planting material<br />
  9. 9. Planted forages in farmers’ fields<br />
  10. 10. Field learning with multiple stakeholders at Mieso, October 2009<br />
  11. 11. Innovation processes in Ada’a Ethiopia<br />Technical intervention<br />Institutional innovation<br />Land o Lakes<br />Land o Lakes<br />Eden Field<br />Eden Field<br />Seeds<br />Seeds<br />Crop Grow<br />Crop Grow<br />plc<br />plc<br />FAP<br />Farmers<br />NARS<br />NARS<br />FAP<br />FAP<br />NARS<br />NARS<br />Land o Lakes<br />Land o Lakes<br />Eden Field<br />Eden Field<br />Seeds<br />Seeds<br />Ethiopian <br />Ethiopian <br />Meat & Dairy <br />Meat & Dairy <br />Tech Inst.<br />Tech Inst.<br />Ministry <br />Ministry <br />Farmers<br />FAP<br />NARS<br />NARS<br />IPMS<br />IPMS<br />Ethiopian <br />(extension)<br />(extension)<br />Meat & Dairy <br />Ministry <br />Ministry <br />IPMS<br />IPMS<br />Tech Inst.<br />(extension)<br />(extension)<br />FAP<br />Ministry <br />Ministry <br />IPMS<br />IPMS<br />(extension)<br />(extension)<br />Godino<br />Dairy<br />Godino<br />Dairy<br />Ada<br />’<br />a<br />Dairy <br />Ada<br />’<br />a<br />Dairy <br />Co<br />-<br />op<br />Co<br />-<br />op<br />Co<br />-<br />op<br />Co<br />-<br />op<br />May 2008<br />Seed<br />sourced<br />44 farmers <br />plant on <br />own fields<br />X-bred cows <br />sourced<br />Farmers <br />purchase<br /> seed<br />60 farmers <br />plant on <br />own fields<br />Milk transport<br /> issues voiced<br />Dec 2009<br />11<br />Fodder <br />options <br />identified<br />Dairy co-op <br />formed<br />FAP<br />Farmers<br />Milk transport <br />negotiations<br /> ongoing<br />
  12. 12. Emerging outcomes<br />Farmers’ awareness about planted forages improving<br />Innovation platform dealing with constraints along dairy value chain<br />A young dairy cooperative supplying milk to market regularly<br />Local partners taking over the role of stakeholder platform facilitation<br />Out-growers scheme for forage seeds emerging<br />Commercial fodder production becoming a competitive business enterprise<br />
  13. 13. Lessons/Observations<br />Participatory selection of priority farmers’ priority problems <br />Stakeholder platforms should not be simply a ‘talk shop’<br />Embedding fodder innovation in livestock value chain issues is critical for successful adoption of forage technologies <br />Functioning inputs and output markets and basic development infrastructure are key to innovation<br />
  14. 14. Lessons/Observations …<br />Strong convening agency with skilled personnel<br />Pragmatism to adapt to changing circumstances and uncertainty<br />Trust, mutual respect and patience, especially in the face of frustration and slow progress<br />Innovation processes takes longer than regular tech transfer<br />Monitoring and self evaluation of the process: meeting logs<br />
  15. 15. Concluding remarks<br />Stakeholder platforms can foster innovation where market access is good and the range of actors is reasonably broad <br />Forage development is largely driven by urbanization and markets – platforms can accelerate the process<br />Need for enhancing learning throughout the broad innovation system at all levels of organization (individual, organization and system wide)<br />Concrete evidences is needed to showcase and bring large-scale institutional and policy change<br />
  16. 16. Acknowledgement<br />
  17. 17. Thanks!!!<br />

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