SENIOR ADVISORS OF BENEFIT-REALISE PROGRAMME HELD EXPERIENCE SHARING VISIT TO RWANDA
On December 21, 2019, BENEFIT-REALISE Woldia University (WDU) Cluster held a multi-stakeholder consultative workshop on mung bean value chain to review the success of the programme in mung bean technology demonstration, discuss its relevance in the region, share experiences in the innovation platform and establish a mung bean platform to address challenges in the mung bean value chain. The workshop was relevant to bring key stakeholders together to better understand the current status of mung bean production and management in the country and decide on steps to establish a mung bean platform where challenges find solutions towards creating a mung bean revolution in the Amhara region.
The morning sessions and presentations were on the current status of mung bean production in the country, the major challenges in relation to mung bean production and management in the value chain and understanding quality parameters for the international market. The discussion that followed covered issues related to exploiting the nutritional value of mung bean by designing food preparation training; the role of extension in addressing issues related to agronomic practices and the need to work with cooperatives and unions to address seed and market issues.
In the afternoon, the presentations and discussions were more forward-looking into the value of setting up a mung bean platform and agree on members, their roles and responsibilities, and actions to follow. One of the presentations focused on learning from BENEFIT-ENTAG's experiences on setting objectives, approaches and key performance indicators the programme uses to evaluate its success. The opportunity to link the platform with the recently established Pulse Council to maximize its value was discussed.
The afternoon sessions also included reviewing BENEFIT-REALISE mung bean technology demonstration, scaling up and seed production plan for 2020.
1. An overview of BENEFIT-REALISE 2019 activities and accomplishments by Dr. Baye Berihun, BENEFIT-REALISE WED Cluster Manager
3. ''Status of mung bean production and management'' by Dr. Birhanu Amsalu Fenta, National Lowland Pulse Research Program Coordinator from Melkasa Research Center
4. ECX national and global quality parameters for mung beans international market by Guesh G/Meskel from Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), Kombolcha Branch
4. Experiences and challenges of the multi-stakeholder platform in North Eastern Amhara, by Tamirat Tesfaye, BENEFIT-REALISE WDU cluster Agronomist
5. ''Sector Platform Establishment and Facilitation'' by Helen Getaw, BENEFIT-ENTAG Deputy Manager
The workshop was attended by over 50 participants including Deputy Head of Regional Bureau of Agriculture Dr. Solomon Assefa, Woldia University President Dr. Abebe Girma, National lowland Pulse Research Program Coordinator Dr. Birhanu Amsalu Fanta, and representatives from Sirinka Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), extension experts, Development Agents (DAs), BENEFIT management, Dr. Tewodros Tefera (REALISE) and Helen Getaw (ENTAG) and other relevant staff members.