The third Dialogue on Ethiopian Agriculture with the theme “Agricultural Research for National Development in the Face of Climate Change and Food Security” will take place on March 9 and 10, 2013 at Haramaya University.
The Dialogue aims to provide a platform to deliberate on policy issues and strategies pertaining to agricultural education, research, technology generation and dissemination. The first Dialogue was held in Addis Ababa on 12 November 2009. The second Dialogue was held at Haramaya University on July 8, 2011.
The prime purpose of this particular Dialogue is to provide a platform to all stakeholders to get together, deliberate on the role of agricultural research in national development in the face of climate change and food security, suggested scientific, systematic and practical recommendations to make agricultural research more meaningful to farmers and those who wish to go farming and help policy makers device and develop policies and strategies to further promote and uphold the Ethiopian agriculture thereby to enable the land and the people of Ethiopia to become food self-sufficient and cope with and/or adapt systematically to climate change.
Furthermore, the planned gathering at Haramaya University, shall examine the present state of agricultural research in the nation, assess the progress made, identify problems and deficiencies, share experiences, learn lessons from success stories, and deliberate on improvements required of us to promote and uphold productivity of Ethiopian agriculture.
To achieve the above stated purpose, a number of panel discussions and presentations are planned covering research endeavors at universities, federal and regional research institutes, perspectives of the users of technologies and products generated by NARS, farmers and private investors in agriculture, linkage between international research centers and NARS for greater impact and their experience in Ethiopia, success stories from emerging economies (Brazil, China, India and South Africa), reflections by former directors of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR, EARO, and EIAR) covering the evolution of agricultural research, problems, constraints, pitfalls, missed opportunities, achievements made, lessons learned, the way forward, and a key note address dealing with the current state and vision for the future of agricultural research in Ethiopia in the face of climate change and food security shall be presented.
The outcome of the dialogue shall be:
- The Dialogue will bring all concerned ministries, organizations, institutions and the private sector to sieve and sift the status of the Ethiopian agricultural research in light of the climate change and food security;
- The Dialogue will bring out all problems, constraints, pitfalls, missed opportunities, achievements made, lessons learned in the areas of agricultural research and share the experiences of senior agricultural researchers and former heads of research institutes in the nation;
- Lessons will be learnt from individuals invited from China, Brazil, India, and South Africa concerning efforts they made and development achieved in agriculture and food security.
- Forward recommendations and suggestions to policy makers;
- Learn from ministers achievements made in agricultural development in the country and their expectations from universities and regional and federal research institutes;
- The dialogue will create a permanent forum for all universities where research projects will be reviewed, culture of joint research developed, redundancies can be avoided and national problems can be dealt with jointly;
- The next dialogue theme will be decided upon; and
- Publish proceedings of the Dialogue containing issues raised, ideas floated, recommendations made, and expectation of all.
Dr. Abebe Fanta
Department of Agricultural Engineering
Institute of Technology