EAAPP conference to review achievements and plan for the future
ASARECA is convening a regional conference for the Eastern Africa
Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP) to take stock of achievements, put into use lessons learnt and plan for continuity.
The conference, planned for August 17 to 25, 2015 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, will among other things, discuss achievements in the last five years of EAAPP implementation in the areas of genetic resource management, integrated pest and diseases management, soil and water management, dairy feeding, access and use of technologies and value addition.
The governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda in 2009 designed EAAPP as a regional a platform for joint actions to facilitate sharing of existing and new opportunities. Under this arrangement, each country has been providing leadership to the region as a centre of excellence for select commodities namely: cassava (Uganda); dairy (Kenya); rice (Tanzania); and wheat (Ethiopia).
ASARECA has been coordinating this regional collaboration by convening the member countries to plan, discuss and share research for development outcomes.
Significant strides were recorded in building the capacity of institutions and staff, generating and disseminating technologies to beneficiaries, strengthening regional collaboration and policy harmonization.
The first phase of the programme is coming to an end this year and stakeholders find it imperative to document and share the successes and lessons learned over the last five years. This will inform the design of the second phase of EAAPP or similar initiatives, share experiences from EAAPP, and strategize on technology out-scaling beyond EAAPP.
Article by Ben Moses Ilakut
Communications and Public Relations Unit, ASARECA