Through leveraging our wide network, facilitating conversation across Africa and years of experience, ECI-Africa has been able to foster the development of various partnerships.
Examples Partnerships include:
The African Chicken Genetic Gains Project (ACGG)
The project seeks to transform smallholder poultry productivity in Sub- Saharan Africa through a platform for developing and testing improved tropically –adapted poultry lines in Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA).This will be done through inter-and intra-country collaboration envisaged to be facilitated through a network of poultry genetic improvement platforms for developing poultry germ plasm in Eastern and West Africa involving the 3 target countries, ILRI and private sector partners. PICO-EA is a sub-grant recipient from ILRI.
PICO-EA’s role in the project is to facilitate partnership and institutional engagements for effective delivery to smallholders of tropically –adapted chicken lines for productivity growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).Transforming smallholder poultry productivity will be done through collaborative action, shared learning and adaptive implementation which are critical features the project needs to achieve the transformation that it is designed to deliver. This will be done at three levels in which strong partnership and committed institutional engagement will be critical: 1) Project Management Team engagements; 2) National Partnership platform meetings; and 3) Local Partnership platform meetings at community levels.
Partners: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and national teams in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria, PICO-EA
Aim: Formation and mentoring of national innovation platforms on poultry to transform smallholder poultry in sub-Saharan Africa
Target: Chicken value chain actors (farmer representatives, relevant public and private sector institutions, and the civil society organizations)
Building Research Leadership and Management Capacity of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) Communities of Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen leadership and management capacity for agricultural research and development (R&D) in Eastern Africa (EAf) and Southern Africa (SAf) Communities of Practice (CoPs) through a facilitated mentoring and coaching process targeting early career professionals.
By building the leadership capacity of early career professionals, the project seeks to fill the current and future leadership gap that is eminent due to the lack of systematic skills-enhancement process to replace the drying pipeline of leaders in ARD in Africa.
The project is being implemented in two cohorts; each lasting a 2-year cycle. Each cohort brings together a total of 24 competitively selected early career professionals from the national agricultural research systems (NARs) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania as mentees and a similar number of mentors – experienced individuals with proven impressive leadership track record, ability and willingness to nurture the early career professionals.
The leadership mentoring support is being offered through a combination of approaches: learning workshops, coaching and mentoring field practice, peer to peer learning groups and learning networks. PICO-EA’s role is to design and execute a series of leadership training workshop and to support and facilitate the mentoring and coaching process.
Partners: Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) of the McKnight Foundation
Aim: Strengthen leadership and management of agricultural R&D in East and Horn of Africa, and Southern Africa Communities of Practice (CoPs)
Technical Networks to support the implementation of the Malabo Declaration
The main objective of the assignment was to facilitate the development of up to seven (7) TNs as deemed important and reasonable to manage. These are PICO-EA is facilitating the establishment of Technical Networks to support implementation of CAADP Malabo Declaration. These are Networks of technical agencies and organisations that will provide technical support and capacity development to Africa Union Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other CAADP implementers. The networks will develop tools, training and technical advice to national and regional agriculture sector governance entities on policies, programs and practices that can accelerate achievement of national, regional and continental agricultural production, productivity and food security goals related to Malabo and CAADP. TNs are demand-driven; they respond to gaps identified by countries, determine the appropriate capacity-enhancing response and facilitate optimal execution of the selected response(s).
Partners: Africa Lead, NEPAD, African Union
Aim: To develop Technical networks that will provide capacity development support to African countries as they implement the Malabo Declaration
Network for Enhanced Market Access by Smallholders (NEMAS) in East and Southern Africa Regional Learning Network
Partners : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Aim: NEMAS was designed to enable smallholders to benefit from higher market prices and a greater choice of markets, scale up good practice in their programmes through effective cross learning and sharing, and improve the social and economic returns on their investments.
Target: Public donors and private social investors in market access development, smallholders and others in the value chain, and market access development practitioners
Aim: The project aimed at building dairy stakeholders´ capacity to organize themselves to address their common problems, leading to homegrown, transformative change in the industry by inspiring local farmers to drive their own agenda.
Target: Farmers, extension, local private sector, government, researchers, and educators
Dairy Genetics East Africa (DGEA) Project (Phase 1)
Partners : ILRI and University of New England
Aim: To determine the appropriate genotypes for delivery to small-holder dairy farmers, develop partnerships and business model to establish and deliver appropriate germplasm to small-holders, and assess the institutional/business capacity for research and development of genetic improvement in sub-Saharan Africa