N2Africa mid-annual ME review Nov.2017

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N2Africa-Ethiopia Partners’ and Progress Review Meeting 30 November - 1 December 2017 Lalibela Hall, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project Background

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded project entitled “Putting nitrogen fixation to work for Smallholder farmers in Africa (N2Africa) aims to build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable African smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies including inoculants and fertilizers. National level capabilities will be developed to sustain the pipeline and delivery of continuous improvement in legume production technologies tailored to local settings. The project will reach more than 550,000 farmers with a return on investment of US$3.5 for each US$ invested.

The N2Africa Phase II project is being implemented in Ethiopia by a diversity of public and private sector partners following distinct models and approaches. Assessment of progresses towards results, models used to achieve the results, sustainability of such models and early risks identified related to the sustainability of such models, and recommendations to ensure the sustainability is required to enable the smooth exit of the project. In this regard a two-day workshop is planned from 30 November-1 December 2017 in the presence of project coordination team and N2Africa-Ethiopia national partners.

Objectives of the workshop

The overall objective of the workshop is to have a review of the project progress results against targets, identify gaps and develop strategies to ensure sustainability post project period. Specific objectives will include:

  • Review project progress (outcome level indicators) against set targets both at project and partnership levels,
  • Assess the specific models and approaches used in attaining the project outcomes, and evaluate their sustainability,
  • Identify risks associated to the respective models and recommendations to sustain the approaches and
  • Review the project exit strategy document and contextualize in view of specific issues from the respective partners

Expected Outputs

  • Project progresses towards results developed, and performance achievements assessed
  • Early risks and possible remedies for sustaining models and approaches used in technology dissemination, legume input supply and output marketing identified,
  • Final project exit strategy document detailing sustainability gaps and strategic scenarios to sustain project initiatives developed and shared with partners;
  • Key areas of activity implementations for 2018 identified and consensus reached.


Overall country and partnership up-to-date project progress against cumulative targets at grant end presented following the result framework. Levels of achievement and the underlying factors discussed in plenary. Draft country exit strategy document presented and enriched. Partner specific capacity gaps to ensure sustainability post project period will be discussed, group works, and plenary discussions will generate consensus for improvements to be made on the overall country exit strategy.

Program (Tentative)

Time Activity Format Presenter Facilitator Rapporteur
Day One: 30 November 2017 Programs
8.30-9.00 Arrival and Registration - - Tiruwork M. -
9.00-9.30 Welcome remarks:
Introduction to the workshop, aims, process Participant introductions
- Endalkachew W./Fred K. Simret Y./Birhan A. CKM
Assessment of progress towards results (outcomes with contributions from outputs) and Implementation Models
9.30-10.00 Update on Project Results:
Progress Results Rating/Assessment
Presentation Endalkachew W./Theresa A. Simret Y./Birhan A. CKM
10.00-10.20 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
10.20-10.50 The Public-Private Partnership (PPPs) and the Models: underlying concepts, actors and issues of sustainability Talk show Edward B./Tamiru A. ^ ^
10.50-11.05 Coffee Break
Overview of PPP clusters’ performance against key milestones/indicators and implementation models/approaches used: performances, actors and relationships, models followed, sustainability of such linkages/models, gaps/challenges/risks identified, recommendations
11.05-11.30 South East PPP cluster Presentation Kisi W./Adamu Z. Simret Y./Birhan A. CKM
11.30-11.40 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
11.40-12.05 South PPP cluster Presentation Dr Tulu D./Amare F./Takele P. ^ ^
12.05-12.15 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
12.15-12.40 Central PPP cluster Presentation Dr Sofia K. ^ ^
12.40-12.50 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
12.50-13.50 Lunch Break Organizers
13.50-14.15 North PPP cluster Presentation Dr Tesfaye F. Simret Y./Theresa CKM
14.15-14.25 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
14.25-14.50 Pawe PPP cluster Presentation Fitsum M./Getachew Y. ^ ^
14.50-15.00 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
15.00-15.15 Coffee Break
15.15-15.40 Jimma PPP cluster Presentation Beza H/Gebresilassie H. Theresa A./
Simret Y.
15.40-15.50 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
15.50-16.15 Chewaka PPP cluster Presentation Kifle D./ Zerihun A. ^ ^
16.15-16.25 Plenary Discussion Discussion All ^ ^
16.25-16.45 General discussion and wrap up of the day Discussion All ^ ^
Day Two: 1 December 2017 Programs
Exit Strategy
9.00-9.20 Presentation of summary exit strategy Presentation Birhan A./Endalkachew W./Theresa A. Simret Y./Tamiru A. CKM
9.20- 9.35 Exit strategy-Data, learning and knowledge sharing Presentation Joost van H. ^ ^
9.35-9.55 Plenary discussion Discussion All ^ ^
9.55-10.05 Preparation for the group work Presentation Endalkachew W./Tamiru A. ^ ^
10.05-10.45 Confirmation of the exit strategy by the respective PPP clusters Group work Each PPP clusters ^ ^
10.45-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.10 Plenary presentation of the group work (10 minutes for each PPP clusters) Presentation Each PPP clusters Simret Y./Tamiru A. CKM
12.10-12.40 Plenary discussion Discussion All ^ ^
12.40-13.40 Lunch Break
13.40-14.00 Preparation for group work on follow up action plans Presentation Theresa A./Edward B. Simret Y./Tamiru A. CKM
14.00-14.40 Follow up action plan on exit strategy for each focus area by the respective PPP clusters Group work Each PPP clusters ^ ^
14.40-15.50 Plenary presentation of the group work on follow up action plans (10 minutes for each PPP clusters) Presentation Each PPP clusters/all ^ ^
15.50-16.05 Coffee Break
16.05-16.35 Plenary discussion on the PPP clusters action plans Discussion All Simret Y./Theresa A. CKM
16.35-17.00 Wrap up and closure - Endalkachew W./Fred K. ^ ^

Workshop Materials