Chickpea Scaling Project Launch Apr2015

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AGRA-SSTP, ILRI-N2Africa and MBI Scaling Chickpea Technologies Project Launch and Planning Workshop 15 April, 2015 'ILRI Campus, 'Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Introduction to the Workshop

The USAID’s and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’s (AGRA) Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership (SSTP) in Africa intended to accelerate smallholder farmers’ access to transformative agricultural technologies. It is working in six African countries including Ethiopia that have joined the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to strengthen the seed sectors and promote the commercialization, distribution and adoption of quality seeds of superior varieties and complementary technologies including blended fertilizers and rhizobium inoculation.

ILRI’s N2Africa project, which is a large scale, science-based “research-in-development” project is focused on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa, with a vision of success of building sustainable, long-term partnerships with public, private and other legume value chain projects. One such partnership is with Menagesha Biotech Industry Plc. (MBI) for producing and supplying bio-fertilizers, Balegreen and Tsehay Union for multiplication and supply of improved chickpea seeds and the public research and extensions organizations for the implementation of an AGRA-SSTP supported “Scaling Chickpea Technologies for Increased Production and Productivity of Smallholder Farmers in Major Chickpea Producing Areas of Ethiopia” project.

Objectives of the Workshop

  • Introduce the project with key emphasis on to the objectives, deliverables and the implementing partners.
  • Gain insight into challenges in inoculant and chickpea seed production, distribution and marketing
  • Share roles and responsibilities
  • Discuss the data tools and partner reporting template

Expected Outputs

  • Better understanding of the project, and thus partners will strive towards the success of the project.
  • Implementation approach discussed and agreed up on
  • Partners agreed on their roles and responsibilities.
  • Project activities for 2015 will be planned, taking into consideration key deliverables


Arrival date of participants: Tuesday 14 April 2015 at Solote Hotel
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Time Programme Presenter/Facilitator Rapporteur
08:30 Arrival and Registration ILRI-N2Africa/MBI staffs
09:00 Welcome Endalkachew Birhan
09:00-09:05 Opening Speech Federal MoA, representing the “Advisory and Training Services Directorate Director” ^
09:05-09:40 Program & participants introductions, Overview of ILRI-N2Africa Project ( Presentation) Endalkachew ^
09:40-10:20 Scaling Chickpea Technologies Project: Overview of Project Objectives, Deliverables and Partners ( Presentation) Tamiru ^
10:20-10:50 Coffee and Group Photo
10:50 -11:05 MBI- Inoculant Production, Distribution and Marketing Challenges ( Presentation) Dejene/Asfaw Tamiru
11:05-11:20 Balegreen/Tsehay Union-Chickpea Seed Production, Distribution and Marketing Challenges ( Presentation) Million/Endalkachew Abie ^
11:25-12:30 Discussion on the project components and the input supply challenges Endalkachew/Dejene ^
12:30-01:30 Lunch
01:30-01:50 Outlines of Project Activity Planning/Data tools: Discussions on Implementation approaches ( Presentation 1) ( Presentation 2) Endalkachew/Birhan Asnake
01:50-02:50 Participants Team into 3 Groups: Each group composed of NARS, BoA, NGOs, & Unions Group chaired by group leader & rapporteur ^
02:50-03:35 Group presentations Group leaders ^
03:45-04:00 Coffee ^
04:00-04:10 Technical and financial reporting Mignot ^
04:10-04:30 General Discussion (Minutes) Endalkachew/ Dejene/ Asfaw/Tamiru ^
04:30-04:35 Closing and End of Workshop

Workshop Materials

Workshop Pictures

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ACDI-AMDe Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA-SSTP) Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute (ARARI) Balegreen Spice & Grain Development Plc Bureau of Agricultures (Ada’a, Gimbichu, Becho, Dembia, Enemay, Gonder-Zuria, Ginir, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) Farmers’ Cooperative Unions (Becho-Weliso, Erer, Ghion) Hawassa University (HWU) ILRI Menagesha Biotechnology Industry Plc.(MBI) Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) National Soil Testing Center (NSTC) Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (OARI) SNV-C4C