The InnovAfrica project has successfully completed three years with very positive second mid-term evaluation and feedback from the European Union external review committee in September 2020. The review committee stated, ‘the project has fully achieved its objectives and milestones for the reporting period, and that the project has delivered exceptional results with significant immediate or potential impact’.
The committee further added, ‘After the first 36 months of the project period, significant and useful results are being generated. Through considerable effort to disseminate these results, the project is beginning to achieve the impact as planned. Outputs target a broad range of stakeholders including farmers, advisory service workers, the scientific community and policy makers using a range of communication channels and dissemination tools including conferences and workshops, a website, social media and scientific publications‘.
According to the Project Coordinator Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, the support from the BecA-ILRI Hub team, who are the project’s co-coordinator, the project’s scientific multidisciplinary team and their experiences in the climate change and sustainable food systems, and cooperation of the field staff in all the six case countries, the support of the multi-actor/stakeholder platforms and the guidance of members of the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) and the Scientific Expert Advisory Board (SEAB) played an important role in achieving the project results as planned.
The project has benefitted over 20,000 farmers in the three-year period, and their awareness in climate change and adaptation of sustainable agricultural technologies has been improved. The project aims to put more effort towards reaching out to more smallholder farmers, the target beneficiaries of InnovAfrica.
The project work contributes to European and African policies on Food and Nutrition Security, and multiple Sustainable Development Goals including SDG 1, SDG2 and SDG 5 that focuses on gender equality and empowerment.