BENEFIT- REALIZE program institutionalization workshop

BENEFIT- REALIZE program holds regional best technology transfer/institutionalization workshop

BENEFIT- REALIZE program, funded bythe Government of theNetherlands, worksto ensuresustainability ofagriculture based livelihood in Ethiopia held a regional best technology transfer/institutionalization workshop in Gondar town. In the workshop, Bahir Dar and Woldia Universities BENEFIT- REALIZE program three years’work activitiesand the possibility of continuation of the program andissues of regional best technology transfer/institutionalization and have been discussed.

In the workshop, the past three years best practices and success stories of, Bahir Dar University BENEFIT- REALIZE programinconjunction with development safety net program,on seed, capacity building and systemdevelopment which was able to transform the lives of farmers in ten woredas that haven’t guaranteed their food security nationwide have been reported.

Opening the workshop, Dr Tewedros Tefera, Country Manager of BENEFIT- REALIZE program, pointed out that in the past three years, the program has been successful in developing, adapting and verifying best experiences to parts of the society who haven’t secured their food security. He added as a result of the hard work done by the program, it was possible to seea number of people who werein safety net programs to be self reliant and be models to other farmers. He stressed the need to build the capacity of partner institutions in the field be able to sustain the development activities in a sustainable manner as the BENEFIT- REALIZE program is coming to an end.

Bahir Dar University BENEFIT- REALIZE program manager, DrAlmaz Gizew, on her part presented the two yearsperformances of the program. She stated that the program has been working on ten selected woredas in West Amhara Region who have been identified to have food security issue. She said expansion works have been done on Marado Papaya Production, food barley production, bread wheat, teff, home gardening, one timad package, supply of selected potato seed, preparation and advantages of vermicompost in the selected woredas. In her presentation, Dr Almaz has focused on the major activities and achievements, the enabling situations, the experiences gained and the challenges faced in the due course of the program.

In the event, model farmers who have benefited from the BENEFIT- REALIZE program and have ensured their food security witnessed about their experience to participants of the workshop.

Finally, the participants who came from Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar and Woldia Universities BENEFIT- REALIZE program, bureau of Agriculture in the region, Agricultural Research Institute and Agricultural Research Centers, Regional Disaster Prevention and Food Security Commission and partner projects discussed about the role of partner institutions to continue with the different development activities which have so far achieved by the program as the BENEFIT- REALIZE program is coming to an end.