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Proposals for Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Research Component 3 - Markets, value chains and stakeholder platforms

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Presented by Eliud Birachi (CIAT) at the Africa RISING Ethiopia Project Implementation Meeting, Addis Ababa, 13-14 February 2013

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Proposals for Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Research Component 3 - Markets, value chains and stakeholder platforms

  1. 1. Proposals for Africa RISING Ethiopian Highlands Research Component 3 – Markets, value chains and stakeholder platforms Eliud Birachi (CIAT)Africa RISING Ethiopia project implementation meeting, Addis Ababa, 13-14 February 2013
  2. 2. Objective Promote innovative approaches for identifying market opportunities and increasing the participation of farmers in more efficient markets while promoting the participation of the private sector Contribute to building multi-stakeholder partnerships and platforms to implement innovations in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia
  3. 3. 1- Participatory market chain analysisTo identify bottlenecks and actors involved in the supply chain, anddevelop plans and strategies to overcome them  Collecting and analyzing data from primary and secondary sources.  Compiling value chain maps to organize the data, analyzing data to reveal opportunities and constraints within the chains  Compiling catalogues of best bet components to resolve the constraints  Determining interventions and points of leverage for targeting research investments to have large-scale impact and designing strategies for sustaining the interventions  Mobilizing and vetting strategies with stakeholders, communication and knowledge sharing systems
  4. 4. 2- Characterization of value chain actorsand linkages Identify and characterize current and potential actors at each stage of the value chain including their functions Identify and evaluate what services are available and required to support the value chain actors Identify and evaluate the nature of linkages between actors in the market chains and strengthen them
  5. 5. 3- Functioning multi-stakeholder platformsThe purpose is to validate and promote the potential of multi-stakeholderplatforms as a more coordinated and cohesive approach to improve deliveryand impact of agricultural research.  A rapid stakeholder analysis of the key partners and mapping stakeholder actions and interactions  Facilitate establishment of a stakeholder platform steering group to prepare and guide the preparation of the multi stakeholder platform(s)  Capacity building of identified value chain actors on how to operationalize platforms  Design participatory based monitoring and evaluation tools for platform management and implementation activities
  6. 6. Creating systematic impact through functionalplatforms Supported by: Credit providers Scale of platform operation is flexible Researchers National Platform Markets/Traders (linked to Policy (national and each zone below) regional) Market information Impact Zone 1 Impact Zone 2 Impact Zone 3 Impact Zone 4 providers Physical infrastructure Farmers in selected regions (through farmer organizations/coops) services- warehousing 6
  7. 7. Illustrative case: A potato IP in Rwanda Identified and prioritized issues in the Irish potato value chain: the market–technology– policy interface of low prices, poor yields and post-harvest handling. Interventions: access to planting material of market preferred variety, rapid seed multiplication, dehaulming before harvest, Value addition (potato washing, sorting, grading, and packaging); linking to credit and niche markets; and exploiting the favorable policy environment. Facilitation by one of the stakeholders (a private female trader) to buy Irish potatoes from IP members and with input from research, farmers role: adopted the use of clean seeds, inputs and crop management practices to provide good quality potatoes for the Kigali market. Results:  Delivered tonnage to selected markets increased by over 10 times within 2 years  Created 15 jobs in the small production area,  Credit access to traders and farmers (to allow them to dehaulm and wait for the potatoes to cure and hence increase shelf life).  Prices: Farmers immediately received a price increase of 30% above the usual levels. Summary: key outcomes include improved potato quality, increased yields, improved shelf life and increased prices and incomes.
  8. 8. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net

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