InnovAfrica project partners met virtually for their sixth consortium meeting on 17th and 18th November 2020, to review the project’s progress, discuss the second mid-term project review report and prepare the activity plan for 2021.
This meeting was initially planned to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. However, due to COVID-19 this virtual meeting was held on the zoom platform. The program started with welcome remarks from Cathrine Ziyomo, InnovAfrica project’s co-coordinator and the BecA-ILRI Hub program lead. This was followed by a presentation by Sita Ghimire on the European Union (EU)’s feedback on the second mid-term project review report, project progress and the deliverables that are due in the next six months. He reiterated the positive feedback from the European Union and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the project’s deliverables and a proposed way forward.
Two Advisory Board members, Agnes Mwang’ombe and Yemi Akinbamijo attended the meeting. They congratulated the InnovAfrica team for their hard work and excellent feedback from the EU on the second mid-term project review report. They also alerted the project team to ensure that the information garnered and technologies generated in the course of the InnovAfrica project continue to impact the livelihoods of people in the case countries and beyond even after the completion of InnovAfrica in May 2021.
Cathrine Ziyomo concluded the meeting highlighting the great progress made by InnovAfrica and its impacts on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the six case countries. She commended the work package leaders, task leaders and all the partners on their adjustment to the COVID19 pandemic and optimism on the next steps.
InnovAfrica is a consortium of 16 institutions from Africa and Europe. The project has reached to about 353,538 people from different categories including the scientific community, industry, civil society, general public and investors through the various dissemination and communication events.