InnovAfrica field activities are implemented in the Kombolcha and Meta woredas (districts) of the Oromia region. A multi-actor platform (MAP) meeting was organised by Haramaya University (HU) on June 11-13 to collect feedback from the farmers during the planned field visits and receive team updates on ongoing activities.
The meeting was attended by MAP members from East Hararghe Zone Office of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Oromia Agricultural Research Institute, Afran Qalo Cooperative Union and Oromia Agricultural Output Market Enterprises; farmers from Kombolcha and Meta woredas; a member of Integrated Seed Sector Development Project; the HU InnovAfrica team; and the InnovAfrica partners NIBIO, BecA-ILRI Hub and Altera.
InnovAfrica’s major activities on the ground are validation and/or up-scaling of maize-legume and Brachiaria grass technologies and an Integrated Farm Plan (PIP) approach.
The participants spent time observing ongoing farmer field activities and held discussions with farmers on the benefits of the introduced technologies and associated challenges for scaling.
The farmers spoke on their experiences with the benefits of the technologies introduced by the InnovAfrica project. They highlighted a lack of agricultural inputs (e.g. seeds and fertilizers), limited access to market and small farm size as major constrains for sustainable adoption and upscaling of InnovAfrica technologies.
The HU team gave updates on their InnovAfrica project activities in Ethiopia along with major achievements and the activity plan for the next six months.
A rigorous discussion was held on national agricultural policies and initiatives that aids up-scaling InnovAfrica technologies within and beyond project the woredas and the possible roles different stakeholders can play to facilitate access to agricultural inputs and markets.