N2Africa LIVES AR workshop exhibition Dec.2016

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LIVES - N2Africa- Africa RISING Joint Workshop and Exhibition on “Promoting Productivity and Market Access Technologies and Approaches to Improve Farm Income and Livelihoods in Ethiopia: Lessons from Action Research Projects” 8-9 December 2016 ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Introduction to the Workshop and Exhibition

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has been implementing several action research projects in Ethiopia over the last few years. These action research projects have been implementing development interventions along commodity value chains and systems in various parts of the country. Research protocols were superimposed on development interventions to assess their feasibility, effectiveness and development outcomes.

ILRI organized this workshop and exhibition from the 8-9 December 2016 to share the experiences and lessons generated by these projects with the wider development and research community in Ethiopia. The workshop featured presentations from the three major action research projects that ILRI is managing in Ethiopia; namely, the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES), Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa), Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING). Representatives from Feed The Future (FtF) project in Mali and the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project from Kenya also participated.


The objectives of the workshop and exhibition are:

  • To create wider awareness and knowledge about the technologies and approaches that are tested and validated by LIVES, N2Africa, Africa RISING, FtF Mali and AVCD Kenya projects
  • To facilitate the uptake of successful experiences/innovations that combine productivity enhancement and market access
  • To facilitate dialogue on improving the linkage/partnership between research and development actors and facilitate cross learning

Expected Outputs:

The expected outcomes of the workshop and exhibition are:

  • Improved awareness about the technical, organizational and institutional interventions tested and validated by the projects
  • Enhanced probability of scaling out and up of the tested technologies and approaches to achieve sustainable and market oriented smallholder agricultural development
  • Improved understanding of the role and utility of action research approaches, opportunities and constraints


Thursday 8 December 2016
Time Activity Responsible Person Chair/Facilitator
8:30 -9:00 Registration Organizers
09:00- 09:05 Workshop objectives and expectations Siboniso M. Berhanu Gebremedhin
09:05-09:10 Welcome remark MoLF, H.E. Dr. Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes ^
09:10:09:20 Opening speech MoANR, H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abreha ^
09:20-10:00 Panel on LIVES, N2 Africa, Africa RISING, FtF Mali and AVCD Kenya action research approaches Peter T. , Azage T., Endalkachew W., Abdou F., and George W. ^
10:00-11:00 Presentations:'' Feed development
* LIVES feed value chain development interventions : approaches and scalable interventions
* Feed innovations for improved livestock productivity in the Ethiopian highlands: Africa RISING experiences
* Inoculation and P fertilizer improves seed and feed production in grain legumes in Ethiopian highlands: farmers' perceptions, and treatment effects on yield and nutritive quality of residue biomass
* Enhancing Productivity and market access: Initial lessons leant from Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program
Presenters –
- Africa RISING
- N2Africa
- FtF

Prof. Adugna Tolera
Peter Thorne
11:00- 11:15 Coffee break Participants
11:15-11:30 Discussion Organizers
11:30- 12:30 Presentations'' : Livestock value chain
* LIVES small ruminant value chain development interventions: Approaches and scalable interventions
* LIVES poultry value chain development interventions: Approaches and scalable interventions
* LIVES dairy value chain development interventions: Approaches and scalable interventions
* Animal health delivery for improved productivity: Experiences of AVCD, Kenya
Azage Tegegne
12:30-1:30 Lunch Organizers
1:30-3:00 Exhibition/poster and coffee break LIVES, N2 Africa and Africa RISING
3:00-4:00 Presentations'' : Crop value chain
* Crop varieties research and implications on closing yield gaps and diversifying incomes - Africa RISING experiences
* Evidence based assessment of scalability of agricultural technologies: The case of improved food legumes and small ruminant market sheds - Africa RISING experiences
* The PPP (Private-Public-Partnership)-an ILRI-N2Africa initiative for promoting legume technology dissemination and value chains to benefit smallholders
* Smallholder farmers’ legume technology adoption preferences and contributions to farmers’ performance: Evidences from N2 Africa project

- Africa RISING
- N2Africa

Dr. Endalkachew

Dr. Workneh
Kindu Mekonnen
4:00-4:30 Discussion Participants
4: 30-5:30 ‘Coffee shop’ presentations
* Mainstreaming and Promoting gender equity in market oriented agricultural development: The LIVES experiences
* Farmers based high value crops planting materials production and supply can enhance farm income ,create job and support adoption : examples from LIVES
* Capacity building approaches and innovations for market oriented agricultural development: Experiences of the LIVES Project
* Innovation platforms: Contributions in the sustainable intensification R4D processes- Africa RISING experiences
* Use of Grain Legumes Residues as Livestock Feed in the Smallholder Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems in Ethiopia: Opportunities to Improve Feed
* Scaling of improved forage varieties at selected ILRI-SIMLESA project locations in Ethiopia

- N2Africa
- Africa RISING

Sisay Belete

Aberra Adie
Dirk Hoekstra
6:00- 7:30 Reception Organizers

Friday 9 December 2016
Time Activity Responsible Person Chair /Facilitator
08:30 Recap of the previous day Facilitator
08:30-9:30 Presentations : Soil and water management
* Feeding a hungry and thirsty soils increases yield and protects the environment: Some results of WFD experiment in LIVES
* Solar pumps and service provision of irrigation water : New ways to step into affordable small scale irrigated agriculture : Africa RISING and LIVES experiences
- N2 Africa
Tilahun Amede
09:30- 10:30 Discussion Participants
10:30-11:00 Tea break Organizers
11:00-12:00 Presentations : Soil and water management continues
* Capacitating frontline water lifting technology maintenance service provider reduces risks of crop failure and increases farmers confidence in adopting irrigation: LIVES experiences
* Decision support tools for farm-level fertilizer recommendation in Ethiopia - Africa RISING experiences
* Landscape management: Africa RISING R4D experiences in the Ethiopian highlands
- Africa RISING
Endalkachew Woldemeskel
12:00-12:30 Discussion Participants
12:30-1:30 Lunch Organizers
1:30- 3:30 Coffee shop’presentations
* Knowledge management and promotion for market oriented agricultural development: Experiences of the LIVES Project
* Agribusiness approaches and methods to promote integration of farmers with markets: LIVES experiences
* Making the best out of Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation to support project management: LIVES experiences
* Innovation at LIVES has created job and improved input supply services to smallholder farmers: An example from hybrid tomato planting media development
Amare Haileselassie
3:30-4:00 Tea break
4:00- 4:30 Report back and discussion Azage Tegegne
4:30- 5:00 Policy/decision makers reflections/take away messages from our scalable approaches and technologies MoLF
5:00-5:30 Final remarks and closing ^

Workshop and Exhibition Materials

  • Program
  • Presentations
  • Project Brochures


  • Photo Report: Produced by Simret Yasabu (AfricaRISING) and Phot Credit- Apollo Habtamu (ILRI)


[[image:Picture1_Openings _LIVES-N2A-AR Workshop and Exhibition_8-9Dec 2016_ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa.jpg width="800" height="267" align="left" caption="[Left to right] Welcome remarks by Siboniso Moyo, ILRI Director General’s Representative in Ethiopia and H.E. Dr.Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, state minister if the Ethiopia Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MOLF); and Opening by H.E. Dr. Eyasu Abreha, Minster of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) (Picture credit: Apollo Habtamu/ILRI) "]]