October 26, 2018

AB in Ethiopia

Advisory Board will meet in person once every half a year. If needed more frequently.

For any questions related to the Ethiopian AB please contact:

Advisory Board members in Ethiopia:

  • Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
  • Netherlands Development Organization (SNV-Ethiopia)
  • Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EBA)
  • GIZ-Ethiopia
  • BEZA Mar

06.2018 – First Local Advisory Board meeting in Ethiopia (read also SAMS Newsletter No°1)

On the 19th of June 2018, the first Advisory Board meeting was conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on SAMS project with the view of collecting necessary input for successful project implementation. The following representatives from 7 different Advisory Board organizations were attended the Advisory Board meeting held for one day. Asefa Amaleddegn, Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), Markops Lema, Florian Mandescheid and Yemesrach Tadesse from ICEADDIS, Gemechis Jeleta from Netherlands Development Organization (SNV-Ethiopia), Gemechis Legesse, Taye Negera and Kibebew Wakjira from Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (Holeta), Juergen Greiling from Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EBA), Solomon Mengesha and Rita Nedif from GIZ-Ethiopia. Hailegeorgis Demissie from BEZA Mar excused from the unforeseen reason failing to participate on the Advisory Board meeting.

All participant board members introduced themselves, their organizations work and their responsibilities in their organizations. They also expressed their expectations for the day and also from project at large. Following introduction, warm welcome keynote by Markos Lemma from ICEADDIS was delivered. In line with the SAMS project: background, objectives, methodology, expected outputs overview presented by Kibebew Wakjira from Holeta and discussion conducted on the expected project results. Markos introduced the SAMS outlook on UCD and IOT and how they link and advance SAMS. He discussed how the current SAMS prototype is designed to identify the different states of a bee colony to prevent colony losses and boost production and productivities of beekeeping.

Ethiopian Advisory Board

Project implementation areas were also presented from the Holeta team. The board also discussed about proposed project implementation areas and selected 3 out of 5 regions for sustainability and easy of implementation: Addis Ababa, Oromia, SNNP. The areas are suggested for the reason that there are 40 active cooperatives supported by 24 development agents working on beekeeping and horticultural crops production across these 3 regions. The Advisory Board also agreed to hold a regular meeting every 6 months with the possibility to meet in between if there is a necessity for it and to allow new members to join the board as the project progresses. Finally, all the representatives signed the document acknowledged their respective organizations engagement with SAMS.

04.2019 Second Local Advisory Board meeting in Ethiopia (read also SAMS Newsletter No°4)

On 02 April 2019, the second Local Advisory Board meeting was conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on SAMS project with the view of presenting project activities and collecting necessary input for successful future project implementation. The following representatives from 9 different organizations were attended the Advisory Board meeting held for one day. Asefa Amaleddegn, Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), Markops Lema, Florian Mandescheid and Yosef Alemayehu from ICEADDIS, Yetnayet Girmaw from Netherlands Development Organization (SNV-Ethiopia), Gemechis Legesse, Taye Negera and Kibebew Wakjira from Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (Holeta), Juergen Greiling and Negas Bekana from Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EBA), Rita Nedif from GIZ-Ethiopia, Hailegeorgis Demissie from BEZA Mar, Demisew Wakjira from Ministry of Agriculture, Honey and Sericulture Directorate participated on the Advisory Board meeting.

New participant board members introduced themselves, their organizations, their works and responsibilities in their organizations. They also expressed their expectations for the day and from project at large. Following introduction, warm welcome keynote by Markos Lemma from ICEADDIS was delivered. In line with the SAMS: project activities since first Local Advisory Board meeting and plan for the next six months presented by Kibebew Wakjira from Holeta and discussion conducted on the expected project results. Kibebew discussed how the current SAMS Beehive prototype and integrated ICT will be used to identify the different states of a bee colony to prevent colony losses and boost production and productivities of beekeeping, in Ethiopia in particular and other parts of the world in general. Board members appreciated the development and some board members expressed their ambition to see the technology adaption and utilization at least in the selected pilot project areas. Markos presented SAMS technology overview and expected output, Hardware and Software, SAMS ICT development processes and progress in local UCD activities. In addition, videos related to important points that should be considered in SAMS ICT development activities for beekeeping from beekeeping technicities shown to the participants and important comments and inputs collected.

Presentation on Experience of ASPIRE project on value chain development (Previous project) by Yetnayet Girmaw, Sector Lead- Apiculture Development Programme, SNV Ethiopia gave importnat lessons on the role of Government support for successful project implementation, in creating enabling environment and facilitating collaboration among different government and non-government institutions.

Yetnayet also stressed the importance of working with Agro-dealers, lead farmer beekeepers as input suppliers and extension agents and embedded service through lead firms for sustainable technology transfer, access to market and quality inputs supply as the approach is good for Cross learning (peer learning), helps in women and youth involvement to achieve project objectives.

Left: Pictures of some Advisory board members assuming their place before the meeting starts. Right: Presenting and explaining the SAMS project activities to the participants on the 2nd AB meeting in Ethiopia