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The Country Level Soil Health Consortia Moving Forward

  • Posted on:  Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:29

The Country Soil Health Consortia held a planning and training workshop at the Oak Place Conference and Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from the 10th to the 13th November 2015 that attracted a total of 23 participants from the 8 country consortia, IPNI and AGRA. The workshop sought to create a good understanding of the quantity, quality and level of data organization; the type, quantity and impact of communication products; website management; consortia partnerships with policy, research, extension and private sector and; consortia sustainability through development of resource mobilization plans. Being the third and final year of the first phase of the consortia project, emphasis was put on project sustainability building on the success stories from the country consortia. Speaking at the workshop, the Director for the Soil Health Program at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr. Bashir Jama was enthusiastic about the project as it focuses on bringing together research information in a way that can create an impact to the smallholder farmer. He highlighted the major challenges facing crop production in sub Saharan Africa currently emphasizing on the need for site specific recommendations and creating partnerships between major stakeholders in the agricultural industry and exposing them to the consortia repository. Dr. Shamie Zingore, Director for the IPNI sub Sahara Division program echoed his sentiments by emphasizing on the use of the current information and knowledge that has been collected to make a difference among the different actors in the agricultural sector by influencing their decision making. The coordinators showcased their various achievements in the first phase of the project which included development of communication products such as policy briefs and education manuals, dissemination of knowledge and information through media and also developed concept ideas on the way forward for the project in their respective countries. They were also trained on how to manage their respective websites through posting of articles, documents, pictures and videos. In his closing remarks, Dr. James Mutegi of IPNI emphasized on the need to ensure sustainability of the project through identifying gaps and building on the work that has already been done.

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