Introduction

In May, the N2Africa team met in Rwanda for our Annual Planning Meeting together with the N2Africa Advisory Board and local partners. This is the last year of N2Africa Phase II and the meeting was a chance to reflect on progress so far and to plan for the future. In particular we finalised planning for an impact study which is now in full swing across the N2Africa core countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda) and on which we will report in due course. You can read more detailed reports on the workshop in this Podcaster.

Christian Witt, our Senior Programme Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commented that N2Africa is ‘not-just-another-project’, but has developed its own brand through which it has built a compelling case for the importance of legumes and their multiple roles in smallholder farming systems in Africa. A strength of N2Africa he recognised were having all issues tackled under one roof, from academic research to business applications.

Due to some delays in the start-up of the project and in exchange rate fluctuations we are discussing a ‘no cost extension’ which means that N2Africa should remain active until June 2019 although we cannot maintain all staff positions. Apart from the impact evaluations and writing up results, the main focus for the remaining year is to consolidate work done to date, particularly ensuring delivery of rhizobial inoculants and other inputs to farmers and cementing the many public-private partnerships that have been established. This in addition of course to conducting the impact study and writing up results for publication. A key resolution made was to keep alive the N2Africa network across the eleven countries and a number of proposals are currently being developed for specific pieces of work to ensure this.

This is the time of year that many are off on annual leave – myself included! For those going on leave please take time to escape the constant flow of work and email and come back refreshed. For others this is a very busy period for implementation of the impact study and we wish you all the very best with this important work.

Ken Giller

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