The Network of Organic Resource use in rural Africa activity worked with a range of Ethiopian partners, including regional and local policy makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, industry and civil society to co-design research on organic resource use in rural areas of Ethiopia.
Activities included group discussions, households and civil society organisations, meetings with NGOs and policy makers and final project workshop.
Main Focus Group and Stakeholder Discussions
The Ethiopian partners identified Halaba woreda (district) as the area in which to focus. It is a special district with a population of around 300,000 which reports directly to regional government (SNNPR) allowing all levels of policy makers (local and regional) policy makers to be more easily contacted.
Discussions with the local Head of the Bureau of Agriculture led to arrangements for focus groups being organised in two kebeles (localities), representing different levels of access for water, sanitation, waste management and energy. The focus group discussion held by Ethiopian partners included groups of women, farmers and elders. The team also talked individually to the Head of the kebele, kabele officials, and individual farmers.
Within Halaba a wide range of discussions were also undertaken with policy and field officers with direct responsibility for implementation of policy and monitoring, across agriculture, water, energy and health in the district. Similar discussions were also held at the regional level in Hawassa which mirrored those at the local level with policy officers in the Regional Bureaus of Water, Energy and Minerals.
Stakeholder workshop, Hawassa University
22 people took part in a one-day workshop, including UK network members, local (Halaba) and regional government regional and local bureaus, scientific experts from the Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa University, the International Water Management Institute, Addis Ababa and the Centre for International Forestry Research, Addis Ababa.
Both before and after the workshop, meetings took place between the academic partners present to firstly finalize meeting preparations, and then to discuss the meetings outcomes and how to ensure that proposal reflected the various stakeholders.
For more information see the Organic resources page.
Images of the team in Ethiopia working with local stakeholders and discussing organic resource solutions for the rural poor, with many thanks to Professor Paul Hallett from the University of Aberdeen.