Case Country inception meetings for the the Innovations in Technology, Institutional and Extension Approaches towards Sustainable Agriculture and Enhanced Food and Nutritional Security in Africa (InnovAfrica) are set to take off in August 2017.

The meetings will take place in each of the six project countries ā€“ Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa. During these meetings, the project partners will meet with members of the Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) to formally orient them on the project’s objectives, outputs and expected impacts and discuss the members’ roles and expectations.

Additionally, the project partners together with MAP members will develop detailed project work plans and the annual dissemination plan. The forum will be an opportunity for the select specific project sites for validation of technologies; identify lead farmers and relevant value chain actors in each case country; and plan for interaction.

The farmer led field validations are the basis for developing scaleable technology models in the InnovAfrica project and the six Case Country meetings are critical to planning, initiating fieldwork and early engagement with farmers.

Ruth and Ndambuki
Ruth Haug from Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Brachiaria grass farmer David Ndambuki from Kangundo in Machakos county, eastern Kenya during InnovAfrica kick-off meeting field trip 7 June 2017 (photo: BecA-ILRI Hub/Ethel Makila)