South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization

IFPRI, CIMMYT and the Ethiopian Agricultural Mechanization Forum, conducted a conference on “South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization” which was held at the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa on Tuesday October 31st and Wednesday November 1st, 2017. The conference brought together more than hundred participants, including national and international researchers, policy makers, donors and implementers. They exchanged experiences and promoted cross-country learning on agricultural mechanization aimed at informing Ethiopian and other African stakeholders. The event was also used to disseminate policy research results and encourage dialogue and strengthen the network.

The conference was opened by H.E. Ato Tesfaye Mengiste, State Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. His opening was followed by a key note address on “Rural mechanization: Why history matters” by Dr. Stephen Biggs, Research Associate of  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. Various presentations were also made on international experiences on mechanization from; Bangladesh, China, Kenya, Ethiopia, Thailand, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Tanzania.

Issues on the state of Ethiopian mechanization were also raised by experts from different government, private and international institutes. Importance was attached to the mechanization strategy and research in Ethiopia as well as to the profitability of modern agricultural mechanization equipment from the perspective of farmers and service providers. Experts from the private sector also had discussions about their constraints in pushing the sector forward.  Please click here to find full details of all presentations made during the conference. You can also find the conference proceedings here.

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