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Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear

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Participants enjoined by ASARECA BOD Chairman, Dr. Ambrose Agona in Entebbe, Uganda

ASARECA convened a regional consultative workshop to discuss and identify modalities for consortium engagement and value addition to the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation (ECAATP) from January 15-16, 2018, in Entebbe Uganda.

The workshop brought together consortium representatives and national coordinators from the participating countries to harmonize partnership arrangements; catalogue technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPs) that consortium members are offering ECAATP;  clarify the  roles and responsibilities of each consortium member; and tease out funding modalities.

The consortium members who attended included; The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),  The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), The African Agricultural Technology Fund (AATF), Heifer International, HarvestPlus, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Kilimo Trust, CABI, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), East African Farmers Federation (EAFF), East African Grain Council (EAGC), and the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF).

Addressing participants at the opening ceremony, ASARECA Board of Directors chairman, who is also the Director General National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Dr. Ambrose Agona, thanked the National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) in Eastern and Central Africa for putting trust in ASARECA to coordinate ECAATP.

Dr. Agona noted that the visibility generated by EAAPP had attracted tremendous attention to ECAATP, with a wide spectrum of partners including new member countries, the consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other AR4D service providers seeking to participate in delivering the ECAATP transformation Agenda.  

ASARECA Interim Executive Director, Dr. Cyprian Ebong, noted that the workshop was critical to the attainment of ECAAT Project Development Objective (PDO) because it was a major platform for laying on the table TIMPS generated by consortium members to ECAATP member countries. Dr. Ebong said the workshop also offered an opportunity for consortium partners to leverage resources already invested in generating existing TIMPS to attract additional funding from various sources to disseminate the TIMPS in the course of ECAATP.

The Eastern and Central Africa Agricultural Transformation Programme (ECAATP) is the 2nd Phase of the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (EAAPP), which was implemented from 2009 to 2015 in four Eastern African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Under ECAATP, the participating countries include: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Republic of Congo (ROC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. ECAATP covers a wider scope than EAAPP and seeks to go beyond interventions that enhance agricultural productivity to encompass agricultural transformation.

Attentive representatives of CGIAR at the workshop

ECAATP focuses on transformation of agriculture in the region to improve the effectiveness of the sector in raising incomes, reducing poverty, improving nutrition outcomes, addressing the challenges of changing climate, fostering regional integration of markets for food commodities and products and providing better jobs.

ECAATP is guided by elements of agricultural transformation such as:

(i) Enhancing technology of production along the entire commodity value chains.

(ii) Building resilience in primary agriculture to changing climate and promoting nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food safety.

(iii) Developing critical skills to meet the needs of current and future food systems, including skills required by private and public sectors.

(iv) Forming partnerships and alliances that connect farmers with markets and enabling farmers to understand market needs and produce for the market.

(v) Enhancing regional integration of markets for technology of production, food commodities and food products.

(vi) facilitating policy and regulatory environments that actively enable regional collaboration in developing solutions across the value chain and which encourages private-sector participation in technology development and commercialization.

During the workshop consortium members presented a number of TIMPS, goods and services that they plan to bring on board to add value to activities planned by the Regional Centres of Leadership (RCoS) and National Centres of Specialisation (NCOs). The offers were subjected to plenary scrutiny by the teams from Kenya, Burundi and the DRCongo.

 

Date Published: 
Tuesday, 30 January 2018