National Policy Roundtable of PARI conducted 

National Policy Roundtable of the Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) was held on October 12 and 13, 2017 at the Capital Hotel and Spa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The roundtable was organized with the aim to: present preliminary research findings of relevance to key stakeholders engaged in national innovation processes; ground-truth the findings with local expertise and receive guidance on further research; and jointly identify policy implications of the research, especially scope for promising innovations that would serve agricultural development, jobs and food security.

The roundtable commenced with the welcome remarks of Dr. Tigabu Getahun representing Dr. Gebrehiwot  Ageba, Director of Programmes of Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI); Dr. Fatunbi Oluwole representing Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA); Dr. Oliver Kiptoo Kirui representing Prof. Joachim von Braun, Director of Centre for Development Research, University of Bon (ZEF); Dr. Getaw Tadesse representing Dr. Ousman Badiani, Director for Africa at  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and with the opening remark by Dr. Tadesse Kuma representing H.E. Mr. Mekonen Manyazewal, Executive Director, with the rank of Minster, of EDRI.

The roundtable involved five sessions where research reports have been presented and group and panel discussions held. The presentations in the first session focused on providing the participants with the overview of PARI and uncovering the role of agricultural information in the adoption of technologies and crop productivity in Ethiopia respectively by Dr. Oliver Kiptoo Kirui from ZEF and Mr. Getachew Ahmed from IFPRI. Presented in the second session were the topics ‘Production Constraint, Efficiency, Productivity and Innovation in the wheat and Fava bean value chains’ by Dr. Yalemzewd Molla from EDRI and ‘Presentation of the Green Innovation Centre’ by Mr. Gerrit Qualitz from GIZ. In the third session of the roundtable, the topics: ‘Technology Development Domains and Typology in Ethiopia’ by Eduardo Maruyama from IFPRI; ‘Ethiopia eAtlas: a Tool for Prioritization and Typology Development’ by Mohammed from IFPRI; ‘Potential for Crop Technology Innovation in Ethiopia’ by Ehsan Eyshi Rezaei from ZEF; ‘Economic Modeling of Technology Options in Ethiopia Fousseini Traore from IFPRI’; and ‘Identifying and Scaling Farmer Innovations’ by Dr. Tigabu Getahun from EDRI were covered.

The fourth session was meant for group discussion that aims at highlighting the policy implications of the presented research findings and outlining research priorities for the future. The roundtable was brought to closure with a panel discussion relating to reflections on Outcomes and Future PARI Agenda.

Highlighted as concluding thoughts were such points as: building capacity at different levels; strengthening public-private partnership, undertaking researches that are of transdisciplinary nature; conducting impact evaluations; and working towards scaling up agricultural innovations.

Organized by the consortium of EDRI, FARA, AGRODEP/ IFPRI and ZEF, this roundtable gathered more than 50 participants drawn from the Ethiopian government ministries, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, universities, private companies and other stakeholders.

Making a participatory discussion among the stakeholders on how to advance sustainable agricultural innovation and productivity featured as the outcome of the national policy roundtable of PARI.

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