ReSAKSS-Africa Lead Regional Workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Agricultural Policy and Investment Planning and Implementation in Africa

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Re
SAKSS
-
Africa L
ead Regional Workshop on
Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Agricultural
Policy and Investment Planning and
Implementation in Africa

Safari
P
ark
H
otel,
Nairobi,
June 25
-
26






















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1.0
Introduction

This is a summary report of the training workshop titled “Strengthening Capacity for Strategic
Agricultural Policy and Investment Planning and Implementation in Africa” that was held in Nairobi on
June 25th
-
26th, 2012. This workshop was co
-
organized by th
e Regional Strategic Analysis and
Knowledge Support System
for Eastern and Central Africa
(ReSAKSS
-
ECA
) and Africa

Lead. The objective
of this workshop was to strengthen country level capacity for strategic agricultural policy and
investment planning and i
mplementation. The workshop focused on concepts for strengthening country
knowledge systems, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and agricultural policy analysis. The workshop
programme and the list of participants are included in Annex 1 and 2 respectively.
Annex 3 is a list of
invited participants who were unable to attend
the workshop
.

M
ost
invitees

cited
work commitments as
the main
reason for

not attending the workshop
.

The
next

section provides a summary of the workshop
activities.

2.0
Summary of key
presentations

2.1
Welcome and
Opening Remarks

The
welcome and
opening remarks were given by Joseph Karugia, the coordinator of ReSAKSS
-
ECA
. He
welcomed all participants and acknowledged all collaborators which included among others

Africa Lead,
IFPRI, ReSA
KSS
-
SA, ReSAKSS
-
WA
, RECs, AUC

and government ministries, for their continued support. He
particularly acknowledged
the

financial support from USAID.

2.2 Workshop objectives and expected outputs

Joseph then proceeded to introduce the objectives and expect
ed outputs of the workshop. He gave an
ove
rview of ReSAKSS activities in P
hase
I

and
Phase II
. He explained that the objective of
P
hase II of
ReSAKSS is to support establishment and/ or strengthening country SAKSS nodes; depending on the
country’s state in

the CAADP process and readiness in setting up SAKSS.

He then outlined the objectives of the workshop as:



Training on SAKSS concepts



Agricultural policy analysis and monitoring and evaluation



Communications and networking

The expected
outputs and out
comes o
f the workshop were
:



Understanding of c
ountry SAKSS architecture

and its functions.
Participants are equipped to help
develop country systems for improving the quality and utility of agricultural policy analysis and
investment planning and implement
ation and M&E
.



A r
oadmap for
establishing a
cou
ntry SAKSS and strengthening capacity.

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The main topics covered included: Strategic analysis, Project management (project preparation, design
and appraisal techniques), Monitoring and Evaluation, Communications
, knowledge management for
agricultural strategies in Africa and Transformational leadership.

3.0
Summary of the training evaluation

At the end of the workshop, participants
completed

evaluation forms to provide feedback that will
inform the design of future capacity building activities. The evaluation forms were designed to capture
information on various aspects of the workshop including: i) workshop content logistics
;

and ii) ratings

and discussions for the sessions. Figure 1
and 2
summarises the results of evaluation.



Figure 1: Responses (%) from participants on various aspects of the workshop

The workshop participants (
100

%) agreed that the objecti
ves of the workshop were clear
and that
the
presentations made helped to achieve the workshop objectives and goals. For the relevance of
workshop discussions,
again all

of the participants agreed that the discussions added value to the
achievement of workshop objectives.
All

the partic
ipants felt that the supporting materials were
sufficient
. A few of the participants (10 %) felt that the meals didn’t meet their expectations while
another (10 %) were not sure of the travel arrangements.

The evaluations exercise also solicited
feedback a
bout the individual sessions of the workshop programme. Results of these are summarised in
Figure 2. Generally, a large percentage (more than
9
0 %) of the participants felt that all presentations
were good.

0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
percentage

workshop performance

overall workshop performance

Mildly disagree
Not sure
Mildly agree
Strongly agree
4



Figure 2: Responses (%) on the different se
ssions of the workshop programme

3.1
Participants Responses to Specific Evaluation Questions:
-

1.

List the three most important things(knowledge or skills) that you learned during this
workshop to help you create the needed ‘space’ for you to do things differ
ently and better
perform your day to day activities NB: please be specific in your responses



Networking,

outreach and communications



Transformational leadership



Monitoring and evaluation



Strategic analysis and knowledge management of agricultural
strategies in Africa



Report writing and presentation



ReSAKSS goals and objectives



Project management



Development of SAKSS nodes for respective countries


2.

How will or can you use these knowledge and skills to create this needed ‘space’



Formulate concept
s

fo
r SAKSS node
s



Better
c
ommunicati
on with

staff



Ensure projects are implemented in accordance to objectives



Involve all stakeholders for the development of the CAADP program



Motivating partners towards realisation of transformational leadership



Rallying in c
ountry forums for programme
monitoring and evaluation

and advocating for
dedicated M&E facilities for respective countries

0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
percentage

different workshop sessions

sessions and presentations

poor
average
good
excellent
5




Improve report writing
skills
and use of policy briefs

3.

What are major constraints that you face to use the knowledge and skills gaine
d to increase
your performance



Capacity of personnel is inadequate



Implementation is done at country and regional levels



Financial constraints i.e.
Lack of government funding

as well as outside funding



Lack of

technical assistance to hold the awareness se
ssions/campaigns



Difficulties convincing decision makers of the importance of supporting local food
production

4.

What changes do you have to make personally to effectively use the knowledge and skills
gained to increase your performance



Re look at NAIP to
ensure M&E is included



Include relevant stakeholders on the CAADP country teams

and ensure
that the CADDP
programme gets enough attention



Continuous

training of staff

to better meet expectations in different fields



Rally countries towards building partners
hips



Disseminate ReSAKSS objectives



5.

How can others(your own institution, REC/AUC/ NPCA, ReSAKSS, others) facilitate you to
effectively use the knowledge and skills gained to increase your performance

a)

your own institution



full participation
in the CAADP
approach at all levels, get all local actors on board



allow time, funds and facilitation for creating awareness

b)

REC/AUC/NEPAD



Provide technical support to enhance the capacity of CAADP team members



More assistance to provide an investment plan for Seychell
es



Roles to be identified and disseminated to partners


c)

ReSAKSS managers and networks



Assistance to establish SAKSS nodes in respective countries



Provide technical assistance and critique for development of NAIP

d)

Others(please list)



CAADP/ COMESA
secretariat



Regional CAADP pillar institutions

6.

What else did you expect/hope to learn from this training workshop



Overall agricultural issues of the region



More detailed training


7.

How would this additional knowledge not covered in this workshop help you be
tter perform
your day to day activities

6




It will guide the development of NAIP putting into consideration all cross cutting issues
to ensure an effective NAIP


8.

Any additional comments



The evaluation form is too long, it needs to be reviewed



All information

learnt will be put to good use



Workshop was informative



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Annex

1:
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Name

Title & institution

Country

Ahmed Mahamoud Mouhoumed



Head of plant production and protection
subdivision

Ministry of Agriculture and forestry

Republic of
Djibouti.

Djibouti.

Ismael Elmi Habaneh,


Technical Advisor,

Ministry of Agriculture,

Republic of Djibouti.

Djibouti.

Banak Joshua Dei Wal



Director General for Disaster
Management,

Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and
Disaster Management,

Republic of
South Sudan.

South Sudan.

Salma Ibrahim ArkI Mohamed


Planning and policy Administration

General Administration of Planning and
Agriculture Economic

Ministry of agriculture.

Sudan.

Sudan.

Amani Tajelsir

Ministry of agriculture and irrigation
.
Republic o
f Sudan

Sudan.

Ngarhimdi Rassembaye


Economic Community of Central African
States (ECCAS).

Libreville
-
GABON.

Gabon.

Mermedah Moustache,


Senior policy analyst

Ministry of natural resources and
industry


Seychelles.

Marc Victor Naiken

CEO

Seychelles
agricultural agency

Seychelles.

Jean‐Christophe Bazika


Director General du CERAPE

Congo Brazaville

Congo Brazaville.

Laila Lokosang




CAADP Pilar III Advisor,

Africa Union Commission (AUC),

Addis
-
Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopia.

Joseph Karugia

Regional
Coordinator

ReSAKSS ECA/ ILRI

Kenya.

Paul Guthiga

Policy Analyst

ReSAKSS ECA/ ILRI

Kenya.

Stella Massawe

Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst

ReSAKSS ECA/ILRI

Kenya.

Georgina Njiraini

Research Assistant

ReSAKSS ECA/ILRI

Kenya.

Michelle Mboo
-
Tchouawoo

ReSAKSS ECA/ILRI

Kenya.

Anne marie Nyamu

Communication Specialist and
Consultant with ReSAKSS
-
ECA

Kenya.

David Omambia

Africa Lead

Kenya.


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Annex 2:
Workshop Program

Time

Activity

Facilitator


Monday
,
June 25


8.00
-
8.15

Arrival of the Participants and Registration

Georgina Njiraini


SESSION 1


8.
15
-
8.45

Opening/Welcoming Remarks and Introductions



Opening/Welcoming Remarks

o

ILRI


o

AfricaLead

o

Self
-
introductions of workshop participants



Steve Staal

Kimberly Smith

8.45
-
9.00

Background, Goal and Objectives of the Training W
orkshop


Joseph Karugia


9.00
-
9.30


Overview of the CAADP
A
genda
:

CAADP and CAADP processes

(AUC)



Laila
Lokosang


9.30
-
10.00

General Discussion


10.00
-
10.3
0

Group Photograph

&
Health Break



SESSION 2


1
0.3
0
-
11.3
0

Strategic Analysis



Key issues

in agricultural development and policy formulation



A
pproaches and techniques in

policy
analysis



Growth options and i
investment

priorities

Paul Guthiga


General Discussion


1
1.30
-
12.30

Monitoring and
Evaluation



Introduction to M&E: Concepts, theory of change,
SMART indicators




Designing and sustaining an M&E system



CAADP M&E process

Stella Massawe


General Discussion


12.30
-
13.15

Breakout Groups (by Country) on major players and constraints for
agricultural
policy, planning and implementation

related to:



Strategic analysis, monitoring and evaluation



(To Report on Day II)

Joseph Karugia

13.15
-
14.15

Lunch


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14.
15
-
15.3
0

Project Management (Project preparation,
design,
and appraisal techniques)



Project formulation (situation analysis, objectives and strategy analysis, logical
frameworks



Cost Benefit Analysis

and other appraisal techniques



Stella Massawe &

Paul Guthiga


General Discussion


15.30
-
15.45

Health Break


15.45
-
1
7
.
3
0

Transformationa
l Leadership



Strengthening networks



Skills to be change agents and create transformation



Introduce to the rapid
results approach

General Discussion

Kimberly Hickok
Smith and David
Omambia




18.00
-
19.30

Social Event

ReSAKSS


Tuesday, June26



SESSION 3


8.15
-
10.
3
0

Networking, Outreach and Communications



Networking and outreach



Communication/ dissemination
strategy, (producing t
argeted knowledge
products
to reach

different types of stakeholders)



Writing technical reports



Proposal writing



Preparing short communication: Executive summary
, policy briefs, power
points,
Newsletters
-

brochures, factsheets


Anne

Nyamu


General Discussion


10.30
-
11.00

Health Break


11
.
00
-
11.40

Strategic Analysis and Knowledge
M
anagement for
A
gricultural
S
trategies in Africa



Key architectural elements for a country SAKSS




Results, outputs, activities

and r
esponsibilities



Resources



Potential challenges of and opportunities for operation

Joseph Karugia

11.40
-
12.45

Breakout Groups (
by Country
) on
Roadmap for establishing and operationalizing
country SAKSS


1
2.45
-
1
3
.
15

Country Presentations


13.15
-
13.30

Follow
-
up and Next
Steps

Closing

Remarks

Post
-
Workshop Evaluations Forms


Joseph Karugia

Africa Lead, AU
C
,

Two Volunteers

13.30
-
14.30

Lunch


1
4:30

Departure








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Annex 3: Invited participants who did not attend

Name

Title & institution

Country

Gérard NDABEMEYE,


Director General of Agriculture and
Livestock Planning,

Ministry of Agriculture


Burundi

Caritas SINDIWENUMWE


Monitoring and Evaluation department

Ministry of Agriculture


Burundi

Francois GONIDE,


Ingenieur Agronomie,

Directeur de Cabinet du,

Ministre

de l’Agriculture et du
developpment Rural.


Republique Central
Afrique (RCA)




Loro George Leju Lugör,


CAADP Focal Person, Ministry of
Agriculture


Republic of South Sudan.


Mathieu NGOUBOU,


Ingineur Agronomie,

Charge de Mission,

En Agriculture et du

development Rural


Republique Central
Afrique (RCA)


NGATSE Jean Marie,


Coordonnateur PNSA

PFN/PDDAA,

Ministry of Agriculture.


Congo Brazaville


Timothy Wesonga,


Senior Livestock Officer,

East African Community,


Tanzania