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Nicaraguan youths tell us their story through participatory video

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Featured by the organization Insightshare, participatory video is a “Participatory Rural Appraisal research tool that bridges worlds, unlocks doors and involves the beneficiaries in each phase of the research project”. This project was supported by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics) and was conducted under the supervision of Shadi Azadegan and Manon Koningstein.

The title given to the final video was: "La Danta protecting nature". La Danta is the name of the community where these young people live. Located in the north of Nicaragua and 16km from the border with Honduras, this region was the site chosen to develop this activity. During the workshop fifteen participants (eight women and seven men) learned to use camcorders, interview techniques and how to structure a video. After this, they applied the techniques learnt in developing their own video, with the means to express and publicize their community and the importance of protecting the environment, nature and the ecosystem in their community.

They were able to show that the La Danta community is a region unlike the other ones as it has a more pleasant climate. Furthermore its inhabitants have been concerned to preserve the local fauna and flora, amongst others thanks to the new tools discussed during the successful Quesungual project in the area.

Despite this, the inhabitants of the La Danta community have been affected by the negative consequences of the global climate change and through this video they want to explain the world their conservation techniques. Furthermore they want to spread out the message given by their interviewees (teachers, community mothers, farmers and peasants of the area of Somotillo) to preserve the environment and plead to other communities to adopt the practices proposed in the video.

We leave you with a photographic summary of the workshop and the final video made by this group of enthusiastic young farmers.

See the movie 'La Danta Protecting Nature'. 

 

In a second video, CIAT's researchers explain the methodology used. 

 

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New position of Business Development Manager at Bio-Innovate

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The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, seeking to recruit a Business Development Manager as part of the Program Management Team. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Business Development Manager will provide business development support for technologies and products generated by Bio-Innovate supported projects and facilitate the commercialization processes.

The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), is a regional initiative established to support multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder biosciences and product-oriented innovation activities in the eastern Africa countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The purpose of the Program is to strengthen the link between research, bio-innovation and end users with the aim of initiating and commercializing/deploying innovations for sustainable utilization and integration of the region’s bio-resources for economic growth and development. Phase I of the Program that commenced in 2010 is projected to end in 2015.

Responsibilities:

  • Take lead in evaluating the technical and commercial potential as well as social and environmental impact of technologies and products generated by current and future projects.
  • Provide requisite guidance to enable deployment of generated technologies and products to the market place.
  • Support and monitor the pilot-testing, commercialization and scaling up activities.
  • Provide the Program management secretariat, projects teams and partners with intellectual property, business and other legal as well as regulatory requirement support.
  • Serve as the virtual bio-incubator leader to guide the innovation processes for the supported projects and ventures. 
  • Support resource and technology mobilization activities and ensure new or existing partners effectively interface to meet stated objectives.  
  • Identifying appropriate bio-incubation models for the effective incubation of start-ups, early stage and small enterprises, as well as ‘spin-off’ companies


Requirements:

  • Master’s in business, finance, project management or equivalent. Possession of MSc or PhD in a relevant field is an added advantage.
  • Over 7 years in business and project development, technology transfer, and a solid understanding of the technical and business incubation processes of bio-innovation.
  • Proven record of guiding teams taking research and development outputs to the market.
  • Demonstrable expertise in managing incubators and commercializing bioscience innovations.
  • A solid understanding of the business as well as policy and regulatory environment in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Should possess good negotiation as well as networking and interpersonal skills.


Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, on ILRI main campus
Position level: The position is level 5A equivalent to Senior Scientist level, dependent on qualifications and experience.
Duration: 1 year fixed term contract with the possibility of renewal on regular basis, as part of the Program Management Team in Phase II, based on performance and availability of continued funding.
Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: BDM/BI/08/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. To apply visit http://ilri.simplicant.com/. The deadline for submiting applications by 12 September 2014.

ILRI vacancy: Business Development Manager (closing date 12 September 2014)

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The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, seeking to recruit a Business Development Manager as part of the Program Management Team.. Reporting to the Program Manager, the Business Development Manager will provide business development support for technologies and products generated by Bio-Innovate supported projects and facilitate the commercialization processes.

The Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program, hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), is a regional initiative established to support multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder biosciences and product-oriented innovation activities in the eastern Africa countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The purpose of the Program is to strengthen the link between research, bio-innovation and end users with the aim of initiating and commercializing/deploying innovations for sustainable utilization and integration of the region’s bio-resources for economic growth and development. Phase I of the Program that commenced in 2010 is projected to end in 2015 (www.bioinnovate-africa.org).

Responsibilities:
• Take lead in evaluating the technical and commercial potential as well as social and environmental impact of technologies and products generated by current and future projects.
• Provide requisite guidance to enable deployment of generated technologies and products to the market place.
• Support and monitor the pilot-testing, commercialization and scaling up activities.
• Provide the Program management secretariat, projects teams and partners with intellectual property, business and other legal as well as regulatory requirement support.
• Serve as the virtual bio-incubator leader to guide the innovation processes for the supported projects and ventures.
• Support resource and technology mobilization activities and ensure new or existing partners effectively interface to meet stated objectives.
• Identifying appropriate bio-incubation models for the effective incubation of start-ups, early stage and small enterprises, as well as ‘spin-off’ companies

Requirements:
• Master’s in business, finance, project management or equivalent. Possession of MSc or PhD in a relevant field is an added advantage.
• Over 7 years in business and project development, technology transfer, and a solid understanding of the technical and business incubation processes of bio-innovation.
• Proven record of guiding teams taking research and development outputs to the market.
• Demonstrable expertise in managing incubators and commercializing bioscience innovations.
• A solid understanding of the business as well as policy and regulatory environment in the Eastern Africa region.
• Should possess good negotiation as well as networking and interpersonal skills.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, on ILRI main campus

Position level: The position is level 5A equivalent to Senior Scientist level, dependent on qualifications and experience.

Duration: 1 year fixed term contract with the possibility of renewal on regular basis, as part of the Program Management Team in Phase II, based on performance and availability of continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.
*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number: BDM/BI/08/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications should be submitted through our recruitment portal, http://ilri.simplicant.com by 12 September 2014.

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የ ምርት እድገትና የገበያ ስኬት ፕሮጀክት ተሞክሮ [IPMS in Ethiopia project experiences, 2005-2012]

IPMS: video -

ይህ የቪዲዮ ፊልም በ ምርት እድገትና የገበያ ስኬት ፕሮጀክት (IPMS) የተሰሩ መልካም ተሞክሮዎችን እና የአሰራር ዘዴዎችን አጠናቅሮ ይዟል:: This video highlights approaches and experiences of the Improving the Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) of Ethiopian Farmers project that operated in four regions of Ethiopia from 2005-2012. IPMS, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), was a research for development project implemented by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) of Ethiopia. The project aimed at transforming subsistence oriented agriculture to market oriented agriculture using a commodity value chain development approach, supported by knowledge management, capacity development and promotional activities. July 2013.

Livestock fattening innovation in Ethiopia - the Metema story

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This video documents how a 2005 alliance between the local government office of agriculture, the IPMS project, and local livestock farmers and traders in western Ethiopia took advantage of livestock market opportunities in neighbouring Sudan. Through dialogue with local actors, the team worked out a "new way of doing business." This brought knowledge to farmers, connected them to animal health providers, encouraged shopkeepers to sell feed for fattening, and reached out to farmers through community institutions like the church. What went right in Metema? First, farmers were empowered through sharing of new ideas - on fattening and on market opportunities. Second, the team addressed issues beyond production, reaching out to input providers and others. Third, the team worked with farmers and input suppliers who volunteered to try fattening, with their own resources. Some of the critical building blocks to sustain and scale out this approach include: Effective partnerships among all actors in the value chain; appropriate knowledge for farmers on many topics; stronger input supply systems; stronger support systems for farmers to get hold of services and market information. Originally released 26 March 2012.

IPMS project shares monitoring and evaluation approach with Ethiopian Agricultural Growth Program

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In November 2011, Berhanu Gebremedhin of ILRI/IPMS Project trained staff of the Ethiopian Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) on results-based monitoring and evaluation (November 28-December 3 2011 in Debrezeit Ethiopia). He outlined the main topics covered in the workshop: An introduction to results-based M&E; the development of a logic model and performance framework of a project; the performance measurement framework; the need for participatory M&E with stakeholders and how to do this; the selection and specification of indicators; data collection and analysis; the production and dissemination of of timely M&E reports; and the institutionalization of M&E and M&E units. He concludes by emphasizing the focus of the training- it was a training of trainers event - the participants are expected to train on their colleagues; they are also expected to lead M&E efforts at the regional level - guiding implementation as well as writing reports. Originally released 20 March 2012.

No bees no honey: Apiculture value chain experiences in Ethiopia

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'No bees no honey' presents the experience of the Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on apiculture value chain development in Bure distrct, Amhara, Ethiopia. IPMS together with the woreda office of agriculture, farmers, input suppliers and other stakeholders worked in the district to produce high quality honey by using integrated commodity development approach. On this video, all successive value addition activities and processes such as production, where queen splitting was a major intervention, input supply, and marketing interventions made by the project are highlighted.

የፍራፍሬ ልማት በዳሌ ወረዳ

IPMS: video -

ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በዳሌ ወረዳ በፍራፍሬ ማዳቀልና የችግኝ አቅርቦት ኤክስቴንሽን ይዞ የቀረበ ነው፡፡ በዳሌ ወረዳ ያሉ አርሶ አደሮችና የወረዳው ግብርና ከመልካሳ የግብርና ምርምር ጣቢያ እና ከ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክት ጋር በመሆን የአቮካዶ፣ የማንጎና ሌሎች የፍራፍሬ ዝርያዎችን ለማልማትና ምርታማነትን ለማሻሻል የጋራ እንቅስቃሴ ፈጥረዋል። በዚህም እንቅስቃሴ አዳዲሰ የማንጎና የአቮካዶ ዝርያዎችን በማደቀል አስተዋውቀዋል። በተጨማሪም እነኚህን አዳዲስ ችግኝ ማዳቀልና ማፍላት በወረዳው ለተመረጡ ገበሬዎች ከመልካሳ የግብርና ምርምር ጣቢያ በመጣ አሰልጣኝ ድጋፍ ስልጠና ተሰጥቷል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን ቪዲዮ በዳሌ ወረዳ የፍራፍሬ ልማት የአርሶ አደሩን ተሞክሮና ስኬቶችንም አካቶ ይዟል። The Dale fruit story video presents experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project and partners in introducing improved varieties of Mango and Avocado fruits in Dale District, SNNPR. IPMS in partnership with the district office of agriculture, Melkassa research center and other partners, introduced new varieties of these fruits, which are sweeter, fleshy, faster growing and more demanded in the market, by using grafting technique. Experience of farmers who manage own fruit nursery of the improved varieties and the positive impact that it brought on their livelihood is presented.

ጉብኝት ለመልካም ተሞክሮ [Gender mainstreaming in Ethiopian agriculture]

IPMS: video -

ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በግብርናው ዘርፍ የሴቶች መብትና ተሳትፎ እንዲሁም ተጠቃሚነት ተግባራዊ ለማድርግ የ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክትን እንቅስቃሴዎች አካቶ ይዟል። IPMS ሴቶችን ከወንዶች እኩል የፕሮጀክቱ ድገፍ ተጠቃሚ በማድረግ የስርዐተ ፆታ እኩልነትን ለማስፈን የበኩሉን አስተዋፆ አድርጓል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአደኣ ወረዳ ያሉ ሴት አርሶ አደሮች በፕሮጀክቱ አማካኝነት በተደረገ የባለሞያ እገዛና የገበያ ትስስር ተጠቃሚ የሆኑበትንና ሰኬታቸውን ይዞ ቀርቧል። This video presents experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on its gender mainstreaming strategy to ensure that both men and women farmers benefit from project interventions. This documentary video highlights processes and activities of IPMS to for an active role of women in market oriented agriculture. The case women farmers involved in various crop and livestock production activities in Adaa district, Oromiya, Ethiopia, who benefited from the IPMS project is highlighted on this video. In Amharic with English subtitles.

ሽንኩርት ከምርት ወደ ገበያ በአላማጣ

IPMS: video -

ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአላማጣ ወረዳ የሽንኩርት ምርት ኤክስቴንሽን ይዞ ቀርቧል፡፡ በአላማጣ ወረዳ ያሉ አርሶ አደሮችና የወረዳው ግብርና ከ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክት ጋር በመሆን የሽንኩርት ምርትን ከገበያ የማገናኘት ስራ ላይ የጋራ እንቅስቃሴ ፈጥረዋል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአርሶ አደሩ የተደረጉ ተሞክሮዎችና በ ዕውቀት መጨበጥ አኳያ እና ገበያ ማገናኘት ላይ ያሉ ውጤቶችንና ስኬቶችን ይዞ ቀርቧል። 'Onion: from farm-gate to market' presents the experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on improving onion value chain in Alamata district, Tigray, Ethiopia. On this video, extension experts and farmers share their experiences of engaging in market oriented agriculture production and their experience in organizing themselves into cooperatives and creating linkage traders in urban markets. The role of the district office of agriculture and experts reflection on the alliance they formed with the IPMS and other stakeholders to facilitate market access is highlighted on this video.

Agricultural value chain exhibition links Ethiopian actors

IPMS: video -

On March 31, 2011, IPMS and the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture organized an exhibition on Agricultural Value Chains in Bishoftu/Debrezeit. In this video, Nigatu Alemayehu tells us why the exhibition is needed and who partcipated. The main objective of the exhibition was to transfer knowledge between input suppliers, technology generators, market agents and service providers.

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