Technology Transfer and Commercialization Research Directorate (TTC) Annual Research Review

The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Research Directorate (TTC) of Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) held its annual research review from 22nd to 23rd March 2017 at Hiruy hall, EIAR headquarters. The review meeting was aimed at evaluating the progress of research activities of the Directorate and assessing new research activities proposed to be implementing in the coming years. 

During preliminary session, Ato Deresse Teshome, Director for TTC of EIAR, said that the directorate is responsible to demonstrate, promote and popularize agricultural technologies and information developed and generated by the Institute through various means of technology transfer.  He indicated that recently a cluster based technology promotion approach is encouragingly adopted by the research system particularly on major crops of the country. This will help to respond the growing need of agricultural raw materials for newly developed Integrated Agro-industrial Parks by producing quality agricultural products. Addressing urban and pre-urban producers’, women, youth and people in remote areas are also the areas of attention in our technology promotion and transfer, He added. 

In his part, Dr. Adugna Wakijira, Deputy Director General of EIAR, noticed that technology demonstration and promotion is one of the Institute’s mandates through which the Institute address the technology demand of farmers, pastorals, agro-pastorals, private investors and other technology users. The review is hence, should focus to align each of the research activities to meet the targets of technology users stated in Growth and Transformation Plan II and identify important issues in the areas to be consider for our next actions, He noted.

In the review, a total of 122 research activities were presented, of which 31, 89, and 33 were completed, ongoing and new research activities, respectively. Moreover, challenges encountered during implementation periods, solution used and the way forward to standardize the demonstration sites, capacity building and other issues were also thoroughly discussed. During the review program, researchers and other concerned bodies were participated.