Fifty-three agricultural innovation stakeholders from the Ethiopian government ministries, education, extension, and research institutions; development organisations, farmers cooperatives, private sector organisations; and from the regional and international research institutes like the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and ZEF; Agricultural Growth and Development Policy Modelling Consortium (AGRODEP/IFPRI); gathered together in Capital Hotel and SPA (Addis Ababa), to ground-truth PARI study results, and prepare the political ground necessary for scaling agricultural innovations, job creation and food security in Ethiopia on 12th and 13th October, 2017.
The policy dialogue meeting consisted mainly of presentations of PARI study results by researchers from Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Centre for Development Research (ZEF, of University of Bonn), AGRODEP/IFPRI; and group and panel discussions.
One of the presenters, Mr. Gueruit QUALITZ from the GIZ spoke on the Green Innovation Centre (GIC) experiences, achievements, and perspectives in Ethiopia. The study results presented related mainly to the overview of PARI research and outputs in Ethiopia; the role of agricultural information in adoption of technologies and crop productivity in Ethiopia; production constraints, efficiency, productivity and innovation in the wheat and Fava bean value chains; study Ethiopian eAtlas as a tool for prioritization and typology development; model on potential for crop technology innovation in Ethiopia; economic modelling of technology options in Ethiopia; and farmers innovations with potential for scaling in Ethiopia.
Discussions suggested that the ways to bring data generators to generate reliable data should be explored; studies and models should use most reliable data sources and address significant targets and scales such as to ease buy-in by policy makers; policy and other decision makers should be taken along agricultural research and innovation processes also to secure buy-in.
Participants proposed that further PARI research activities be addressed in an inter/trans-disciplinary way such as oil crops; food security; sustainable scaling of agricultural innovations (with attention to small and medium scale industrialisation and market linkage); validation of farmers’ innovations for scale dissemination; risk assessment and management; experimental validation of crop, technology and economic models generated by PARI studies; and enabling environment or incentive mechanisms necessary for bringing key stakeholders (policy-makers included) together for agricultural innovations and growth.
This policy dialogue relates to the policy makers engagement component of the Programme of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI). PARI is a programme within the “One World No Hunger (SEWOH)” initiative funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development from Germany (BMZ). It is coordinated by ZEF at the international level, and FARA at African level. The implementation of country level policy dialogues started since July 2017 in Ghana, and is planned to take place in all PARI countries.
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