EAAPP countries urge the World Bank to roll out EAAPP Phase 11
The Policy makers, leading agricultural researchers, socio-economists and farmers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have urged the World Bank to roll out EAAPP Phase 11 as initially planned.
Speaking in turns during the just concluded Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP) end of Phase 1 Conference, the leaders noted that since the first Phase had stimulated the desired impetus to transform agriculture in the sub-region, the second phase was critical in taking EAAPP objectives to a logical conclusion.
Addressing participants at the week-long conference on September 14, 2015 in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya’s Principle Secretary, State Department of Livestock, Prof. Fred Segor, said: “We expect that innovations produced in Phase 1 are further shared among member countries and disseminated in Phase 11 to farmers to attain nutrition and food security, and income.”
“I wish therefore to formally urge the World Bank to use the joint communiqué by the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Agriculture in the EAAPP countries to endorse Phase 11. We are looking forward to a seamless transition from Phase 1 to Phase 11 so that achievements realized in Phase 1 are not lost, but outscaled,” Segor said.
ASARECA Interim Executive Secretary, Prof. Francis Wachira said ASARECA considers EAAPP as a flagship programme, which should be allowed to achieve its full potential. “The full benefits from innovations generated in Phase 1 can only be realized if EAAPP is given a chance to transition to an outscaling stage, which Phase 11 is all about,” Wachira noted.
The Director General, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), who is also ASARECA BOD Chairman, Dr. Ambrose Angona, said EAAPP Phase 1 had demonstrated that regionally coordinated research works in delivering both national and regional research and economic objectives. He urged the World Bank to hasten arrangements towards the second phase.
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, Director General, Dr. Eliud Kireger, in a speech read by Dr. Foustine Wandera, said through EAAPP, Kenya established infrastructure such as a 200-seater resource center, three liquid nitrogen plants for decentralising artificial insemination and a state of the art laboratory among others. “When EAAPP Phase 11 is approved, it will use this infrastructure to scale out achievements made so far,” he said.
Mr Nicolas Mbinjiwe, a dairy farmer from Kenya said: “EAAPP has set us moving in the right direction. The journey has just started. On behalf of my fellow farmers in Eastern and Central Africa, I would like to urge the World Bank to support EAAPP Phase 11.”
EAAPP Regional Coordinator, Vincent Akulumuka, added his voice to the lot, pointing out that EAAPP was designed as a two-phase programme and should be implemented as per design. “For us to realize EAAPP’s full potential, sticking to it’s to its design would be ideal,” he remarked.
The National Project Coordinator for EAAPP Kenya, Jane Muriuki, said, “We need Phase 11 to disseminate technologies, innovations and management practices generated in Phase 1.”
The governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda in collaboration with The World Bank and ASARECA, in 2009 designed EAAPP as a regional a platform for joint actions to facilitate sharing of existing and new opportunities. Under this arrangement, each country has been providing leadership to the region as a centre of excellence for select commodities namely: cassava (Uganda); dairy (Kenya); rice (Tanzania); and wheat (Ethiopia).
ASARECA has been coordinating this regional collaboration by convening the member countries to plan, discuss and share research for development outcomes.
Significant strides were recorded in building the capacity of institutions and staff, generating and disseminating technologies to beneficiaries strengthening regional collaboration and policy harmonization. The first phase of the programme is coming to an end in December 2015. The World Bank management is yet to decide whether resources will be committed to the Second Phase.
Written by Ben Moses Ilakut
Communications, Public Relations Unit and Knowledge Hub-ASARECA