Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems to improve food security and farm income diversification in the Ethiopian highlands

Project Design Workshop

30 January - 2 February 2012, Addis Ababa Ethiopia


AGENDA



This workshop provides an opportunity for a broad group of important stakeholders to both learn about the project plans and to share their views on expectations from and opportunities for synergies with the project (days 1 and 2) and for the core project team to finalize the project details (days 3 and 4).



Timing
Session

Day 1 - Monday 30 January
08.30
Registration
09.00
Workshop introduction, process and objectives
09.15
Welcome
09.45
Ice-breaker for participants' introduction
10.15
Break
10.45
Research on sustainable intensification in the CGIAR research programs Presentation by Iain Wright
11.15
Presentation of the concept note Presentation by Shirley Tarawali
11.45
Impact assessment and monitoring & evaluation in the program Presentation by Stan Wood
12.15
Buzz group and plenary feedback discussion
12.45
Lunch
14.00
Alignment tactics
USAID Feed the Future Initiative research strategy Presentation by Rob Bertram
USAID Ethiopia - Objectives and projects in the country Presentation by Cullen Hughes
Aligning with CAADP
15.00
Break
15.30
Alignment with key development (and research) initiatives with synergies within the new project - inputs from ALL participants
17.00
Close
17.30
Cocktail reception

Day 2 - Tuesday 31 January
08.30
Recap and setting the scene for the day's work / Questions & Answers
08.45
Brief reminder: the hypotheses and assumptions behind this program
09.00
Validating and improving the project hypotheses, objectives, outputs and outcomes (group work)
Comments on questions posed in the blog
10.30
Break
11.00
Peer-feedback
11.30
Group work (continued)
(In parallel) Donors' discussion: what seems interesting about this programme and what would make it more attractive to support or connect with?
12.45
Lunch
14.00
Feedback from working groups on hypotheses
15.00
Break
15.30
Synthesis and implications for the program: What needs to be improved, integrated, changed in the proposal?
16.30
17:00
Reflections on the two days: accomplishments, next steps
Close

Day 3 - Wednesday 1 February - tentative programme (pending on first two days)
08.30
Recap of lessons from first two days' discussions
Reminder about the Ghana lessons and the road to Dar-es-Salaam / how to ensure some degree of consistency across the programme and alignment with CAADP and the Dublin agenda.

Lessons from the past

Site selection
10.00
Break
10.30
Groups:
Site selection criteria (continued)
early wins across the project [diego]
integrating farming system components in a Hi-HI site [alastair]
integrating farming system components in a Lo-Lo site [alan]
12.30
Lunch
14.30
Group feedback (see results in the group sessions above)
16.00
Break
16.30
Group work:

  • Intensification index and gradient
17.00
Close

Day 4 - Thursday 2 February - tentative programme (pending on first two days)
08.30
Designing project activities, roles, timelines, milestones (logframe etc.)
10.00
Break
11.00
World cafe on gaps:
12.00
Group work:
12.45
Lunch
13.30
Feedback on the 4 working groups (See above)
14.30
Early win investment opportunities for 2012
15.45
Break
16.15
Next steps / time frame
17.00
Closing


























































Agenda for the organisers - D-e-S workshop Feb 2012



0830
Registration
Tiruwork Melaku, Wubalem Dejene



0900
Workshop introduction, process and objectives
Peter Ballantyne/Ewen Le Borgne. Objectives of the two “parts” of the workshop, how its organized for maximum interaction etc.



0915
Welcome
? [I1](State Minister for Agriculture) and /or Solomon Assefa (Director EIAR)?
Shirley Tarawali, ILRI
Hezron Mogaka, ASARECA? [I2]
Julie Howard, USAID



0930
USAID Feed the Future Initiative research strategy
Rob Bertram, USAID



1000
Break




1030
The Dublin Process: International research efforts and the CAADP agenda
Tom Arnold, CGIAR Consortium Board; Jeff Hill, USAID, Dublin Process Steering Committee. Need to confirm



1100
Research on sustainable intensification in the CGIAR Research Programs
Iain Wright, ILRI. [I3]. This would include CRPs (1.1, 1.2 and 5… maybe others… 3.x and 3.7…?) ??? LIVES, SLP work…. Not sure…..



1130
Group discussions:
Suggest a format that allows short “buzz groups” on what has been presented. Or maybe a session with those “spectra” of everyone lining up and saying why they are where…..



1200
Feedback/plenary discussion
Depending how the previous slot is organized….



1230
Lunch




1330
Presentation of the concept note
A panel discussion or some other interesting format to get across the key elements of what is proposed…



1445
Break




1500
Key development (and research?) initiatives with synergies with the new project


Here we need to be imaginative… we have representatives of a diversity of initiatives and need to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about these, especially in relation to the potential synergies with the project we are discussing…. Maybe the bees and flowers (or whatever it was?)… Need to decide rather quickly because we need to give instructions. My count of who could be “presenting” here, which I’ve tried to cluster….:

National/regional research:
EIAR? Maybe not as they are in the core group
ASARECA?

[I4]:
ATA
AGP
SLM
HABP

Development donors:
USAID mission
DFID
World Bank
SIDA
CIDA
IFAD
Netherlands
BMGF

NGOs:
SAA, CRS, ACDI VOCA, Oxfam,

CRSPs:
SANREM
Insormil
Livestock CC





1645
Close




Tuesday 31st January



0830
Recap and setting the scene for the day’s work; Q and A…
Feedback from blog? Highlights from yesterday’s work…….. organization of groups around key issues to discuss expectations from this project. This could include WHAT – research outputs that will be important in relation to these various other initiatives and well as HOW – what are the key opportunities and processes to ensure dialogue continues and outputs are usable, accessible etc… We might want to pre-organise the group leaders and composition? Probably good to have a copy (or summary) of the CN for each group, appropriate resource persons etc….



0930
Working group discussions
(Break available 1000-1030hrs)




1230
Lunch




1400
Feedback from working groups




1500
Break




1530
Core group – highlights of what needs to be integrated into the proposal
Some way to capture the key messages from the past two days that will need to be incorporated into the proposal.



1630
Close




Wednesday 1st February



0830
Recap of lessons from first two days discussions
[I5]



0900
Key elements of proposal - discussion and agreement on these
Probably something like refining the hypotheses, objectives and outputs?



1000
Break




1030
Key drivers of site selection
Based on the hypotheses agree on key drivers of intensification that will allow us to set up a gradient and test these…



1100
“live GIS” for site selection
An, Dave and Stan have data layers….



1230
Lunch




1400
Key research outputs in sites
Once we have the combination of outputs and sites it should be possible to be more precise for each site on what the outputs look like – for example, in a maize-dairy area, the combinations of technologies to be tested need to relate to these priority enterprises….



1500
Break




1530
Summary, conclusions, preparation for Thursday
Keep everyone on board… where have we got to and what we need to do….



1700
Closing




Thursday 2nd February



0830
Designing project activities, roles, timelines, milestones…. (“logframe”) (Break available 1000-1030hrs)
Based on the agreed outputs, and sites, what are the activities (in 2012 I guess) that will be implemented on the ground, etc… who takes responsibility for these…. Need to make sure we keep an “integrated” approach….not having each centre/partner having their own set up in each location etc
1230
Lunch




1400
Principles for budget development
Budgeting in this group is not possible, but we need to agree on principles, based on what will have been discussed earlier in the day etc, and a time frame by when budget drafts will be sent for collation, a process for revision etc (because its bound to be too much initially!)



1500
Break




1530
Monitoring and evaluation plans
Stan Wood, IFPRI



1630
Next steps, time frame




1700
Closing