N2Africa rhizobiology planning Mar.2016

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ILRI-N2Africa Rhizobiology Team Annual Planning Meeting 25 March 2016 Sofomer Hall, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa

Introduction to the Meeting

N2Africa, a large scale R4D project, aims to bring benefits for smallholder farmers in Africa through application of effective grain legumes production technologies. In this process, rhizobial inoculants play a pivotal role to enhance grain yield and close yield gaps. Thus, rhizobiology research constitute an essential element for the project.

Strain improvement above existing strains is a process of screening and incremental improvement so any significantly better strain that is robust and stable under laboratory and field conditions can be moved along the development pipeline towards production. Previous research efforts have been sporadic, and coordinated rigorous screening of large numbers of isolates and widespread field trials is therefore necessary. A regular annual rhizobiology team meeting and planning is vital for increased performances and sustainability of impacts.

Objectives of the Meeting

  • To highlight rhizobiology activities in institutions collaborating with the project on this specific subject
  • To develop rhizobiology annual work plan
  • To discuss on quality control issues, location specific non-responsiveness to inoculants and challenges To ensure common approaches to compile Annual Report;

Expected outputs

  • Rhizobiology undertakings in partner institutions will be highlighted
  • Annual rhizobiology work plan will be developed and agreed among the rhizobiology team
  • Experiences with location specific results/problems will be discussed
  • Concerns on QC (quality control) issues at different levels in the supply chains will be discussed

Process to meet expected outputs

  • Presentations, plenary and group discussions. Groups will come up with their respective brief joint PowerPoint presentations – (collections/bioprospecting - elite strains symbiotic effectiveness test - specific researches), QC issues and issues to stipulate discussions)


Participants arrive at their respective Hotels by 24th January 2016.
Date: Friday, 25th January 2016
Time Activity Presenter Facilitator Rapporteur
8:00 - 8:30 Arrival and Registration - Simret
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome & Introduction to the workshop Endalkachew Tamiru
Rhizobiology activities- highlights by collaborating institutions
9:10 – 9:20 HwU Tulu Endalkachew Birhan/Tamiru
9:20 – 9:30 HARC Abere ^ ^
9:30 – 9:40 DZARC Sofia ^ ^
9:40 – 9:50 MBI Asnake ^ ^
9:50 – 10: 15 General Discussions ^ ^
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee/Tea Break & Group Photo Organizers
10:45 – 11:00 Outline and preparations for planning, partners break into groups (HwU, HARC and MBI) Endalkachew Endalkachew Birhan/Tamiru
11:00 – 12:30 Group work (group assign chairperson and Rapporteur)
12: 30 – 13:30 Lunch Break Organizers
13:30 – 15 30 Group work continue
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/Tea Break Organizers
15:45 – 16:30 Group presentation Group Endalkachew Birhan/Tamiru
16:30 – 17:00 General discussions ^ ^
17:15 Closing TBA

Meeting Materials

ILRI-N2Africa Rhizobiology Overview HWU Highlights EIAR-HARC Highlights EIAR-DZARC Highlights MBI /span Highlights




EIAR [Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research] HWU [Hawassa University] MBI [Menagesha Biotech Industry]