Research Component of AGP-II Validates the Results of Participatory Production System Analysis

The research component of Agricultural Growth Program (AGP-II) validated the results of participatory agricultural production system analysis studies of crop production practices, livestock production practices, natural resources management practices, and socio-economic characteristics of AGP II districts on 11th December 2017 at EIAR Hiruy Meeting hall.

Opening at the validation workshop, Dr. Driba Geleti, Deputy Director General of EIAR, said AGP II research component is a project to support the adaptation and generation of proven agricultural technologies, and engages identification of prioritized technologies to agricultural extension system with fast track approach executed during the life span of the project with a broad aim to bring about impact in the districts. As part of these efforts, this validation workshop to identify and prioritize production practices along with its associated constraints and opportunities is become very helpful in designing new research activities to release and transfer demand drive agricultural technologies to our end users, he added.

Dr. Sofiya, the coordinator of the project, presented the progresses and oversees of AGP II research component to the participants and noted the importance of utilizing the amount of budget dispersed to the research centers as per the schedule stated ahead in the plan. Mr. Agajie Tesfaye, the Team Leader of the survey, also explained how the assessment has been undertaken including the steps followed, approaches and methods were used and the appraisal tools techniques were employed. He told the participants that the teams of multi disciplinary researchers were selected based on the criteria suiting the objective the project and the team held a brainstorm session so as to create equal understanding among the team members. The team with preselected tools and techniques has conducted participatory rural appraisal intended to generate information on the status of farming systems and constraints in the districts by taking in to account crop, livestock, natural resources management and socio-economics characteristics sub-sectors of the study in the districts.

After having through discussion based on the results and inferences of the assessment, possible areas of the implication to design new research activities with the support of the project were shared and commented. The team then took the inputs to improve the document for final approval and its application for new activity design. Research process directors, center directors, program leaders, researchers, AGP II concerned experts were attended the meeting.