The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) leads the implementation of N2Africa project to “put nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Africa”.
While promoting adoption of legume technologies and addressing important constraints in legume value chains, the project also links crop legume production to livestock production, in terms of increasing the availability of nutritious livestock feeds.
To ensure successful implementation and effective partnerships, ILRI has signed strategic partnership agreements with several public and private institutions and NGOs.
The most recent was with Hawassa University which will implement N2Africa project activities in target Woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). The university has outstanding research experiences and a wealth of knowledge in rhizobiology to share to N2Africa. Within the project, the university will also source effective strains for inoculant production and quality control. The project support will help to build the capacity of the rhizobiology laboratory.