Improved yields noticed already in some project areas practicing diverse maize-legume and Brachiaria fodder grasses.

InnovAfrica’s project partners met in Lilongwe on 11-15th February to review the project’s progress during the second mid-term. The workshop was held to share the main results and outcomes achieved during the second mid-term period .

The meeting was jointly hosted by the University of Malawi and SFHC, Malawi, NIBIO, the main project coordinator and BecA-ILRI Hub, the Co-coordinator of the project. 40 + participants representing several organizations from Africa and Europe made the trip to Lilongwe.

A field visit was organized on the 13th to the project villages in Dedza.

At Lobi EPA, consortium attendees got a demonstration on the various seed varieties in the region

Presenting an overview of the project progress so far, the Project Coordinator, Dr. Udaya Sekhar Nagothu emphasized on the importance of looking at the ecological, economic and social impacts that the project technological and extension innovations have generated so far in the six case countries.

Scientific progress

In the course of the second mid-term (December 2018– February 2020), the project focused on farmer-led demonstrations of maize-legume/millet-legume and Brachiaria-livestock forage grass systems, engaging more farmers to take up the diverse cropping systems and also to improve the value chains of these systems.

Actively engaging key players through the innovative Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) continued in all 6 case countries during the second phase of the project. The project followed up on the IIA (seed delivery system), and dissemination of the good results to a larger number of farmers through the three-selected Extension and Advisory Services (EASs) such as Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs), Integrated Farm Plan (PIP) and Farmer to Farmer (F2FE) knowledge exchange systems.

The field day fell on a rainy day, attendees helped push the bus out of a sticky, muddy situation

The project has reached almost 60,000 farmers in the six case countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa).

Three project Stakeholder Board members, Mr. Yemi Akinbamijo, FARA, Ghana, Mr. Denis Kyetere, AATF, Kenya and Mrs. Agnes Mwang’ombe, University of Nairobi, Kenya participated in the meeting.  

Farmer Yeremiya talked about his orange maize farming experience and demonstrated the difference between the local breed and the local variety

The members appreciated the good work done so far in the project.  They appreciated the follow up of the suggestions made from the last meeting and the overall progress.