Overview of N2Africa-Ethiopia Project:
Achievements and Future Plans
Dr. Endalkachew Welde-Meskel (ILRI), Mr. Tamiru Amanu...
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Overview of N2Africa-Ethiopia project: Achievements and future plans


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Poster prepared by Endalkachew Welde-Meskel and Tamiru Amanu for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014

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Overview of N2Africa-Ethiopia project: Achievements and future plans

  1. 1. Overview of N2Africa-Ethiopia Project: Achievements and Future Plans Dr. Endalkachew Welde-Meskel (ILRI), Mr. Tamiru Amanu (ILRI) Project background  N2Africa is a science-based “research-in- development” project funded by BMGF  The main objective of the project:  Increase biological nitrogen fixation and productivity of grain legumes,  Contribute to enhanced soil fertility,  Improve household nutrition and increased cash income.  The project covers four regional national states in Ethiopia also with due emphasis on:  Value chain development and gender and nutrition Major partners : Federal and regional agricultural research institutes, Universities (Hawassa and Bahir Dar)  Federal, regional zonal and district MoA, ILRI Private input companies (Menagesha Plc.) and farmers. Focus legume crops:  Common bean, faba bean, chickpea and soybean. Annual planning workshop  15-16 April 2014 to:  Explain the activity clusters within the agronomy master plan and interfaces with other project master plans  Provide a planning forum and share responsibilities  Ensure timely delivery of outputs  Partners from public and private sectors  Presentations on:  Agronomy master plan:  Some findings of rhizobiology  Typical legume crops value chain synthesis results  Feed value of legume crops residues  Gender and nutrition  Detailed planning for 2014 on: Agronomy activity clusters with due consideration of Value chain development , gender and nutrition and animal feed value of legume residues Pictures Ways forward • Follow up and supervision of planned activities • Inventory of potential value chain actors for the priority legume crops and establish market linkages • Strengthen engagement of private sector involvement • Establishment of public-private partnerships • Capacity building (inoculant technology, gender mainstreaming, business development skills) • Facilitate community based seed systems development Phase II launch  Workshop 27-28 February 2014.  Project management, invited professionals from sister N2Africa project and various stakeholders attended  Project strategic documents presented and common understanding created  Results from the bridging phase shared  Further consolidation of project strategic directions and project implementation with stakeholders EndalkachewWelde-Meskel and Tamiru Amanu E.Woldemeskel@cgiar.org, T.Amanu@cgiar.org ● ILRI, Ethiopia. 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 Achievements  The May-December 2013 bridging period provided a launch-pad for phase II.  Partnerships established with key partners.  Capacity building on inoculant technology (training of researchers, technicians and DAs)  Assembly of appropriate inputs  Actual implementation of N2Africa activities  Baby and mother trails established across the regions (150 baby trials and 20 mother plots)  Farmers (both males and females) were trained on input applications and field management  Field days organized and feedback collected  Results from some regions indicated positive responses for inputs (fertilizers and inoculants)  Furthermore, baseline survey was undertaken to better understand the biophysical and socio-economics situations ዩኒቨርሰቲ የም ርም ርና ልማት ዳይሬክቶሬት ከN 2 Africa ፕሮጀክት ጋር በመተባበር ያ ዘጋጀ የአርሶ አደሮች የመስክ በዓል 23 ጥቅምት 2006 ዓ.ም. HAWASSA UNIVERSITY – RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE in collaboration with N2 Africa project Farmers’ field day Boricha፣ yirba 02 November, 2013 April- May 2014