LIVES planning Workshop July 11- 12, 2012

Questions to regional partners

1. How does the LIVES project aligns to the problems in your regions

Amhara- we believe the objectives of LIVES is in line with the federal and regional development as a whole. Especially when we look at the five pillars. The value chain developmen pillar is very important. For the last several years we planned a lot about value chain development but never materialized. the regional agricultural development plan is also in line with the LIVES objectives as we plan to go to market oriened agriculture

Tigray- Alignement of the project in our region is visible.
  • we particiapated towards the planning of the project and thus all commodities and activities are aligned. Eg. there is tremendous effort from research on Apicutlure, this project is also going to put its effort on this. So there will be a kind of partnership to boost the prdocutivity through filling in the gaps by the project.
  • Gaps include knowledge and capacit and bringing more products to market. So it is aligned. Poultry is another example. we have planned in our structure development last year to work in central zone; then in LIVES poultry is also a commodity in the same zone.

Oromia- If LIVES start working we will stand by the side of the project.
  • We'll organize familiarization workshops to aware all experts at all levels. We'll also participate in conducting trainings; we'll be on the side of the project to translate documentations into local languages. These will help the sucess of the projects.
  • We'll also help in supply of veterinary drugs and vaccination as the oromia regional livestock agency have allocated huge amount of money for the input supply and service delivery. Therefore, we will provide all these services at the project interventions. Veterinarians in the region will also provide the necessary technical services.
  • The role of LIVES here will be to facilitate the activities done at different levels and with different partners. All staff will work as if LIVES activities is part of their day to day activities/ internalized.
  • Oromia region will also scale up experinces taken from project areas to non-project areas.
  • we'll assign focal persons who will work with lives at all levels ( regional, zonal and district)
  • The objectives of the project are in line with the oromia agricultural research as well. Oromia government has huge plan to develop capacity and other activiteis, so this project objectives are in line with the oromia gov'ts development objective

  • As far as commercialization of agriculture is concerned, the existence of LIVES is very very important.
  • This project is born from IPMS project, which was operating in SNNP and it has become famous at the last years due to its mass insemination activities. IPMS has also created very positive image in the region.
  • The value chain approach is a famous topic and its very important and we are ready to work with LIVES

2. What would work best in your region from the implementation activities discussed earlier?

Amhara- all implemenation activities with very little correction will work okay

Tigray- I wish to see more techcnical staff and less advisory committee

Oromia- we have to focus on activities; if commitees are large it will be difficult to manage these. So less committees and have it at zonal and regional level alone.
- it is better to stick to the beneficiaries. Sometimes the farmers don't get the required advantage

SNNP- Less democratic and Fast

Questions to National partners

1. what do you see this project bringing at the national level to ethiopia/ what is the added value of LIVES?

ILRI- IPMS started with the value chain concept, now you see a lot of value chain projects. As it was demonstrated by IPMS, I believe LIVES will lead us on the value chain. IPMS also worked with number of partners and had many lessons. so this project will add value on these two aspects

SNNP- LIVES will add value on knowledge of value chain. Value addition is very importnt to rural women and thus they can use this project and improve their livlihood
Federal WoA- this project is gender sensitive. At the end we hope that we'll have 50% of women participation. I hope this project will bring more involvement of women in the value chain development. I also accept more women will be capacitiated at all levels ( research , bureaus, rural women)

CIDA- Addis: Etenesh speaks for Stefan as well(?) - Harmonization of activities at various levels, CIDA is commited on Gender, Capacity building, environment and results based monitoring and evaluation; which is all adressed in LIVES and we are happy to see this

MoA- Dejene- Whatever we talk in this workshop should have meaningful intervention at the grass root level. We know about the mass insemination, that was meaningful. We have a number of problems, there are lots of gaps everywhere, it should be the mandate of LIVES to bring the best practices, technologies and interventions. LIVES should link the interventions with existing programs like AGP to bring an added value and to create synergy instead of repettition. More importantly, Grass root level intervention should be the main focus.

2. Has this workshop has given you some new insights/ suggestions for LIVES?

ILRI- CGIAR is now working on development of functional and sustainable value chain.ILRI will be focusing on small ruminant value chains in Ethiopia. We also have other ILRI staff that work on other value chains . Fortunately, LIVES will start a bit earlier than ILRI's so again, we will be learning a lot from LIVES implemenation process. We have big projects in pipeline; project to control tryps and tse tse. We have benefited from IPMS project implementation. Therefore we need to synergize, to work together, to learn how to work with partners. CGIAR is open to work with LIVES and we hope LIVE will do the same.

CIDA- I have witnessed the commitment from regional partners and their commitment for having an open communication. CIDA will be working closesly with you and follow up on all activities

Federal MoA- The workshop was very participatory; that was a good lesson. We start together, that is good. We should also work together to implement this workshop. We hope to make a deference, please lets discuss and include women at all levels

SNNP- I have learned the importance of experience sharing. I have learned a lot!!! Women friendly technologies should also be produced

Overall Fish bowl

1. What did you like, learn about/from this workshop

1. What i have learned is that people are so open and so technical; they were giving us good feedbacks of our work
2. The importance of time management
3. I liked is that the group discussions we had were very good. Because we had chance to investigate . What i did not like is there are many plastic materials thrown away and i would like to demonstrate so animals do not eat them.
4. What i liked most is the participation and the dedication by our partners from all regions;
5. what i liked starts from the name of the project, the discussion, the facilitation. I would like to acknowledge ILRI, CIDA and all
6. i liked the focus group discussion and leaned a lot. The participants had lots of expeince. I hope the project makes enough investigation on livestock disease
7. the experinces of this workshop was facinitating. partners were articulating all the project content
8. I liked the name- LIVES- because it en compasese basic things. Livestock and Irrigation. I liked the degree of participation of all groups
9. Three things to note; regional government representatives are eager to see LIVES starting; the participation of all participants; small ppt much more dicussion on issues; the facilitation was wonderful
10. selected commodities; the workshop facilitation
11. i liked the trans-disciplinary approach of the workshop. What i didn't like is the logo of LIVES, i would like to see more of blue coming into this.
12. The ILRI campus is environment friendly, time management was appreciable; commitment of the participants of the workshop; LIVES objectives is in line with my institution (universities)
13. I liked workshop organization and the outputs we got. It is a successful workshop. Timing, facilitation, commitment of participants, issues raised and outputs produced are a sucess
14. LIVES project is different than others. the diversity of participants is a plus.
15. Excellent facilitation, the renewed commitment to work togeteher for another three four years
16. excellent facilitaiton, plan to build on IPMS experinces; more of private sector participation is important
17. i liked the way the commodities and zones were selected; it was participatory and strong debates were entertained in the process; i did not like the fact that there are only 2 zones in south
18. i liked the simplified presentation of the project; people are aware of what is expected from them;
19. i like the fish bowl itself- the responsibilities; I like the challenge of the research and development linkage
20. Observations i have (Azage)- compared to implementation time of IPMS, i have witnessed significant change. In IPMS we had difficulty in explain the project objectives. Today, what i have noticed that the impact that this project has brought to you a change in attitude and commitment. I have also noticed ownership. You seem to be hungry for it you seem to be dying to get the LIVES going. The third is the level of maturity. the type of input you have produced have matured in all the value chains. We all need to appreciate the leadership of Dirk on this. Dirk will still continue to contribute to LIVES project until its completion date irrespective of geography. You should also congragulate yourself for your great capacity to contribute to this. We should also thank Peter and his team in KMIS for being a pilot on this workshop.