BENEFIT RALISE Programme Annual Planning Introduction for Different Concerned Stakeholders and a tripartite MoU Signing Conducted at North Wollo Zone, Lalibella!

BENEFIT REALISE Program Bahir Dar University cluster has announced/introduced its 2019 annual plan in the presence of different concerned stakeholders on 08 February, 2019 at North Wollo zone, Lalibella. The annual plan workshop announcement was conducted in the presence of stakeholders from National BENEFIT-REALISE programme unit, representatives from Wageningen University, Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute, Amhara Region Bureau of Agriculture, Amhara Region Disaster Prevention and Food Security Coordination office, BENEFIT-REALISE program Bahir Dar University staffs, CASCAPE and in the presence of other stakeholders to shape and critically review the proposed activities of the plan.

BENEFIT-REALISE National Programme Manager, Dr. Tewodros Tefera has made an opening remark and presented an introduction of the BENEFIT-REALISE programme.  Following his presentation, the Social Inclusion and Capacity Building Senior Expert at National Level, Mrs. Addisalem Ambaye has introduced to the participants what has been done by the programme in the last few months since its inception. BENEFIT-REALISE Deputy National Programme Manager, Dr. Mulugeta Diro, has also introduced the working methodologies of the programme.

Dr. Almaz Gizew, BENEFIT REALISE Bahir Dar University cluster manager, presented about the bottom up planning process in which Participatory Rural Appraisal have undertaken in all the ten targeted districts/woredas at kebele level with the participation of 690 male and 709 female farmers. A baseline data from 300 sample households also collected in three targeted districts/woredas with 30% share of female headed households. A stakeholder analysis and seed demand and supply study also done to identify the major intervention areas of the programme. Following this, Dr. Almaz Giziew, the cluster manager introduced the 2019 annual plan to the participants and after introduction of the annual plan, the participants forwarded their comments on the plan and critically reviewed it to be the final workable plan of the programme.

For the effective implementation of the program activities, a tripartite MoU was signed between Amhara Region Bureau of Agriculture, Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute and the cluster simultaneously with the presence of heads of the institutions.