We would like to say a big thank you to all for your input and ideas over the past year – it has been a pleasure to work with you as always. Our Staff recently took part in a dynamic Annual Review and Planning Meeting (ARPM) in Kigali, Rwanda to evaluate the project priorities for 2012.Participants at EADD Annual Review and Planning Meeting 2011 held in Kigali. Participants came from Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The three countries –Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya- where EADD project is currently implemented, presented 18 month planning and operational budgets. EADD2 presented plans to expand project operations to Ethiopia and Tanzania.
In addition to sustainability of the Hubs after EADD1 exits, other cross cutting issues included: extension services, access to markets and governance at Dairy Farmer Business Associations (DFBA).
The meetings combined presentations and problem solving group discussions that focused on finding solutions to key issues in each country. Participants zeroed in on some activities that could lead to sustainability of DFBAs. To highlight a few: knowledge sharing between EADD personnel and DFBAs steering committees in an effort to share best practices; Capacity building of DFBA boards and steering committees; Performance contracts when hiring DFBA managers and extension workers. Heifer International Chief Operating Officer Steve Denne, Acting Vice President for Africa Elizabeth Bintliff and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation representative Kristin Grote attended the meeting.
Like many projects at this point, we will face some challenges but with your ongoing support we are confident that 2012 will be an exciting and rewarding year for EADD.
If you would like country presentations from the ARPM please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our wikispaces page. You can however browse EADD in pictures by clicking flickr.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2012.