Overview of N2Africa research for
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Overview of N2Africa research for development platforms in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana

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Poster prepared by Edward Baars 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 research for development platforms in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana

  1. 1. Overview of N2Africa research for development platforms in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana Edward Baars Context and platform background Activities will focus on cowpea, groundnut and soybean in Ghana and Nigeria, on common bean, cowpea, groundnut and soybean in Tanzania and Uganda, and on common bean, soybean, chickpea and faba bean in Ethiopia. Opportunities and constraints Opportunities: Bring various levels of expertise and interdependent areas of interest together to improve on key aspects of a particular Industry (crop) as well as cross cutting issues between Industries. Constraints: Prior consent from key decision makers is needed Issues that can obstruct the functioning of the platform are lack of focus, preparatory work, people pursuing (only) own agendas Constraints can be addressed to follow up on personal levels and meet when the time is ripe to share relevant information – findings that can benefit the members. Structural issues that may need to be addressed to ensure platform sustainability is trust and compatibility of members. Pictures Conclusions and ways forward Overall platform performance will be enhanced if meetings are short, sweet, well prepared for the right target audience with prior basic consent of key decision makers that see the clear benefit to collaborate, improve on focused issues. The support needed to sustain or enhance the effectiveness of the platform is a task force designated to a platform that keeps itself well informed at all levels and cross Industries, countries and themes, and meets participants individually. Platform progress Platform initiation for N2Africa Phase-II expected in May 2014, so far project launch workshops brought potential members together for the 5 countries, no Phase-II meetings so far as the project was launched from Feb-March 2014. Platform facilitation and learning Key bottlenecks in terms of facilitating the platform is bringing the right blend of decision makers together and to ensure follow-up on action points and next meetings Documentation is via minutes, sharing of presentations and progress before a next meeting The platform is able to steer research/ development/ policy agendas when sufficient prior consultation on individual - informal level is taken, no surprises Edward Baars e.baars@cgiar.org ● IITA, Nigeria. 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 Platform characteristics Research for development, Technology Adaptation & Adoption, Dissemination and Public Private Partnership platform. Farmers, Traders, Processors, Agro-Input Dealers - Manufacturers, Seed Companies Service Providers (ICT), Research, Government Institutions , NGOs, Interest Groups and other Development Partners The platforms are operating at national, regional and provincial levels, led by Industry specific Interest groups and facilitated by N2Africa or NGOs, co-funded by the interest groups (Associations)

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