7th Multi-stakeholder Partnership (MSP) Meeting

8–12 May 2017, Addis Ababa

Notes



GASL MSP7 After Action Review

- After action review with the Ethiopia coordination committee


From the wall


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Day 5

1. Key take-homes from the group work on multi-stakeholder value addition and priority livestock-based solutions


Collated by PB based on the originals below

The power of multi-stakeholder actions. They:
  • Contribute to improved communication and coordination; wider sharing of research and innovation findings; improved community engagement
  • Mobilize multiple perspectives on solutions; lead to multi-perspective solutions: Different stakeholders can work to achieve the SDG’s in different ways, with wider impact
  • Create shared values and strategies [by enhancing understanding of the values of others]
  • Contribute to benefit sharing and equity along the value chain [by engaging the whole chain]
  • Ensure no SDG left behind

The sustainability of livestock-based solutions. Enabled by:
  • Community-based interventions; Farmer-centric approach; Investments adapted to specific livestock systems
  • Sharing of good practices and upscaling; Recording lessons learnt and fingers burnt
  • Appropriate livestock-based policy framework; Public policy that contributes to livestock development; Country strategies for foreign (public) investment for livestock; Development of national policies and strategies for management of change in livestock sector (focusing on sustainability).
  • Development and strengthening [local] public-private platforms
  • Capacity building on innovations and technologies
  • Market-oriented approaches
  • Promoting integrated approaches (mixed, genetic, adoption of tools)


Livestock-based solutions

  • Farmer-centric approach
  • Sharing of good practices and upscaling
  • Record lessons learnt and fingers burnt
  • Genetic conservation and improvement
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Improve biomass production – native shrubs, trees, forages etc
  • Soil conservation
  • Land use policies
  • Sustainable intensification
  • Making the case for investing in livestock
    • - Make it collatoral
    • - Demonstrate its profitability/understand risks
    • - Improve the “image” of livestock
    • - Including microfinance
  • Investments must be adapted to specific livestock systems
  • Encourage technology developers to focus on pastoralist needs
  • Livestock based policy framework
  • Public policy that contributes to livestock development
  • Development and strengthening local public private platforms
  • Capacity building on innovations and technologies e.g. FEAST for farmers
  • Country strategies for foreign (public) investment for livestock
  • Improve biomass production
  • Native shrubs, trees, forages etc
  • Soil conservation
  • Land use polices
  • Sustainable intensification
  • Development for national policies (NAPS) and strategies for management of change in livestock sector (focusing on sustainably).
  • Defining +quantifying GASL’s role, scope impact (objectives + indicators) – linking actions to outcomes.
  • International learning opportunities to deliver on SDG’s
  • Children , meat eggs , pork (climate change mitigation)
  • Dairy range and management, health feed, md optimization
  • Genetics
  • Market, economic, export domestic market development regional trade
  • Adopt a market-oriented approach
  • Promote integrated approach (mixed, genetic, adoption of tools)
  • Community-based interventions
  • Improvements of feeds – Availability and affordability
  • Sustainable forms of livestock are part of the environmental agenda
  • Technology innovation and good practice sharing

Multi-stakeholder value addition insights
  • Improve communication
  • Coordinate action public private partnerships
  • Sharing research and innovation findings
  • South-south cooperation and exchange important
  • Multiple perspective solutions
  • Multi-discplinary engagement
  • What does it mean to be diverse both socially and economically?
  • Understand values of others to create shared values and strategies
  • Knowledge sharing and co-ordination among stakeholders for the improved quality of the product
  • Advocacy
  • Regional strategies
  • Networking and sharing of experiences
  • Multiple perspective solutions
  • Multidisciplinary management
  • Action networks to be used to fill gaps not filled by current projects
  • No SDG left behind
  • Livestock contributing to agenda 2030
  • Different stakeholders can work to achieve the SDG’s in different ways impact
  • Engagement non-livestock in the agenda that relates to their issues
  • Institutional strengthening
  • Increased partnerships and coordination
  • Improved community engagement through multi-stakeholder platform
  • Benefit sharing and equity along the value chain
  • Networking and advocacy
  • Long-term multi-displinary approach

2. Minister's talking points

Source
#Simple solutions, #farmers, "Simple improvement on herd management, feed, manure can increase milk and meat production and decrease GHG emissions"
#Stock taking, #indicators, We need to quantify the contribution of projects to SDG's even when they don't explicitly address sustainability
#unlock the potential, We have the evidence of multiple benefits but we need the funds to improvement at scale
Improving smallholder access to formal markets has strong potential to contribute to multiple SDGs
We need to think about the long term impacts of livestock-based solutions – on climate change and on markets
Social benefits of livestock keeping are often missed since data is not collected
Optimizing livestock production reduces GHG emissions
Livestock deliver multiple benefits so we need multi-criteria assessments to properly capture these
Great that CFS-HLPE have recognized importance of livestock by producing a livestock report – this is important.
AU Strategic Framework good, deals with livestock: great
Livestock production is often a way of life. Simple intentions to entirely transform ti to commercial systems is not useful.
Achieving policy and development goals needs broader engagement of actors within the private sector.
Africa needs a strategy for livestock or demand will be supplied by imports. It starts with a stakeholder platform.
The continental strategy is based on keeping diversity of livestock farming systems and supporting farmers, first of all smallholder and pastoralists and all actors of the value chain, targeting women and youth.
Success of adoption is reliant on the relationships between multiple stakeholders
There are many tools and approaches to support sustainable livestock development but these need to be collated and made more visible.
Elaborated

The Sustainable Development Goals 2015 are important guiding targets for Ethiopia’s development and agriculture underpins many of the SDGs. Livestock are a very strong component of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector. Yesterday we heard about the AU Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA). The Strategy helps focus our attention on the role of livestock in the Continent’s development. In Ethiopia we have taken this a step further in developing the country’s Livestock Master Plan which moves us towards implementation. This meeting has helped to bring these important elements of Ethiopia’s development together in a way that helps us to move towards practical livestock-based solutions delivering multiple benefits for Ethiopia’s economy and people.
We hope you enjoyed the field visits and we were happy to be able to show you some highlights of Ethiopia’s livestock development. I believe that you have had rich opportunities to interact with a wide diversity of people engaged in livestock in this country, ranging from farmers, local and national government officials, scientists, private sector and a range of development agencies for whom livestock are central. We know these experiences will have given you a new appreciation of how important livestock is to the country’s economy and the opportunities that livestock presents especially to deliver on the SDG’s.
The whole of the ministry team as well as individuals from other Ethiopian organizations have all been really pleased to exchange their experiences and knowledge with their fellow participants from over 50 countries.
Yesterday we benefited from exchanges with policy experts from other African countries in the Regional Policy Forum. These exchanges will help all of the countries represented to develop policies which will transform the livestock sector regardless of where in the world we are.
In the policy forum we heard about many exciting developments in Ethiopia’s livestock sector around commercialization and the live export market. But we also know that livestock are central to the livelihoods of the many smallholder farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia who depend up them. This meeting has shown the need to balance commercialization with the transformation of rural livelihoods, especially those of women and youth in order to achieve the multiple benefits that livestock can deliver in meeting the SDG’s.

3 - from the fishbowl: Lesson from meeting for participants and GASL


collated by PB from the orginal notes below:

On SDGs
SDG’s are a good convergence for the many stakeholders
We have seen the relevance of livestock in SDGs. Meeting has demonstrated this - how to make all these knowledge and experience available outside livestock sector (key)
Need to highlight livestock roles in food security, nutrition and incomes

On tools and cases
Great to see enthusiasm in presenting case studies - difficult to integrate into specific measures
Exposure to many tools, but their best application not clear.
No single answer to questions on livestock sector that we have.
Rich mix of methodologies - Let is keep it simple. And make explanations easy

On GASL participation
We are missing out by not looking at commercial investors to see benefit of livestock sector. Hardly heard about extension role in livestock development
What the interest for a farmer to be here? No SDG in the farm. We need concrete discussions with farmers
The voice of the beneficiaries is lacking…farmers etc are not adequately representation
Need to increase private sector participation who are key to making solitons sustainable.
This is a Forum for believers in livestock, we need to also consider including the non-believers in livestock.

On GASL
GASL to capitalize and disseminate lessons and insights
GASL platform is now mature enough to begin influencing policies. We need to pay attention to policymakers’ demands and what we want to get out of our discussions.
The GASL enables joined up work with researchers and others…to help mainstream our impacts.
People now keen to see what they can do for GASL
Action networks are highways for impact
Much progress since GASL Ottawa.
GASL the most comprehensive forum for livestock stakeholders to share and collaborate.




ORIGINALS as noted by Chi:
French foreign ministry person
Pastoralists is the main priority for France.
Restoring value to grasslands
GASL to capitalize and disseminate??? Systems information
PPR eradication key.


IDF- global dairy sector rep.
Personal view
Great to see enthusiasm in presenting case studies.
Difficult to integrate into specific measures
I learned that the benefit ratio of eradicating ppr is 34%?
We are missing by not looking at commercial investors to see benefit of livestock sector.


Pablo Manzani- NGO sector
How to the many stakeholders converge into common points/goals.
SDG’s are a good convergence
What is the next step- I see this platform as mature enough, it’s time now to begin influencing policies. We need to pay attention to policymakers demands and what we want to get out of our discussions.

For pastoralists, etc./civil society.
Each cluster has different expectations.
From the meeting, we have a process
Need to highlight livestock roles in food security, nutrition and incomes
The GASL enables joined up work with researchers and others…to help mainstream our impacts.
All must be done with our participation.


Nancy Bourgeois. - Switzerland
We have seen the relevance of livestock in SDGs. Meeting has demonstrated this.
How to make all these knowledge and experience available outside livestock sector (key)
Hardly heard about extension role in livestock dev. Role of gov, private sector, etc.


French farmers rep.
What the interest for a farmer to be here?
What we need at the international level is also needed at the local level.
No SDG in the farm.
We need concrete discussions with farmers
Ideas: Need funding/investment at local and macro level.
Evaluation and reflection for action.


Eduardo
People now keen to see what they can do for gasl unlike for Panama.
Exposure to many tool, but their best application not clear.
Action networks are highways for impact


MOLF ET
Exposure to different views and tools
No single answer to questions on livestock sector that we have.


GIZ
Mix of methodologies.
Let is keep it simple. And make explanations easy
Some stakeholders did not come e.g. AU-IBAR


BMGF
Progress since Ottawa.
Most comprehensive forum for livestock stakeholders to share and collaborate.
Great coordination and networking
The voice of the beneficiaries is lacking…farmers etc are not adequately representation.
Need to increase private sector participation who are key to making solitons sustainable.
Forum for believers in livestock, we need to also consider including the non-believers in livestock.


Day 4:

Comments from reflection session about the learning tours...
  • Soil, manure, people’s engagement in relation to SDGs
  • It’s about integration and trade-offs
  • Land degradation and biodiversity in relation to agriculture and livestock
  • Similarities about peri-urban dairy farming among countries in Africa and Asia- similar challenges and experiences and how to tackle them.
  • Urbanization issue and access to food in the city and need to balance need for feeding local and considering exports markets. Balancing national food security and facilitating economic growth.
  • The state of the ag infrastructure and commitment. There’s a gap in the role of the farmer and link to markets.
  • Sheep breeding in research station is slow and link with Africa Rising work is not very clear.
  • In a family dairy and chicken farm I was impressed by farm usefulness to whole community- producing seeds and students visiting the farm.
  • The farm is profitable and useful for the community
  • Lots of potential for diversification including biogas and water and irrigation.
  • Always there’s opportunities to grow through training and exchange of experiences/learning.
  • The solutions need to be locally contextualized/tailored.
  • How come gender equity is not keeping up with SDGs. Noticed that women are actively involved…but need to maximize potential of investments being made.
  • Country has many small-scale farmers but are not being fed with enough information/technologies to improve production/productivity. Process needs to be intensified especially with the master plan.
  • We visited successful ventures…good income from agricultures but incentives need to
  • Lots of traction animals seen…and also for manure use. Need for this to be discussed. The multiple uses of livestock.


Day 2:


Cases session - quick report back

Day 1:


Models and tools session - quick report back

Multi stakeholder value addition perspectives from the tools session

  • Need simple visuals for globalization of tools for all stakeholders (this is needed for easy and rapid uptake – smallholder to execute
  • Different assessment methodologies:
    • Because needs opinions of different stakeholders with language adopted to different actors/sectors
    • Multi stakeholder methods effective in models and tools but need to distinguish when used to initial discussion and when used to find solutions
    • A tool/ visual to compare tools
    • Aligned MS view of gender capacity of organizations using gender capacity tool
    • Multi stakeholders assessments produce models to describe possible results in the future of actors on the production system
    • Conceptual models to assess multiple values of grassland systems used to provide communal way to assess the multiple values
    • Several tools available however their applicability and largescale not clear. Only GLEAM and LEAP really had clear multi stakeholder integration. Difference between GLEAM and LEAP model, methodology is not clear
    • Not clear how these tools help countries or partners take decisions on kind of livestock development
    • Use of information technology improve information at grass root level by the work /interaction of producers and information provided by the market
    • Achieving policy + development goals needs broader engagement of actors within the private sector
    • Private sector involvement needs to be included to improve smallholder supply chains
    • Successes of adoption is reluctant on relationships between farmers, extension, predecessors. Interaction is important.
    • Need Multi stakeholder to scale up
    • Each partner needs to know their role in success (responsibility and accountability)
    • Time it takes to build trust
    • Lack of co-coordination, SILO’s , missed opportunities
    • Lack indicator of progress