College of Dryland Agriculture and Natural Resource in collaboration with BENEFIT REALISE program and WAGENINGEN University of Netherlands organized regional review and planning workshop on BENEFIT REALIZE program for Mekelle University cluster on 28 January 2020 at Planet Hotel, Mekelle.

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MU President Prof. Kindeya G/Hiwot, in his opening speech remarked that we work on foodsecurity at house hold level. If we plan and work together with the stakeholders we can make a difference. Such kind of workshop is important to create a better future and development of our community, said the president.

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Dr. Tewodros Tefera, BENEFIT REALISE program manager in his part mentioned, the goal ofthe program and said ‘enhancing agricultural productivity and improving sustainable livelihoods of smallholders in the chronically food insecure high potential PSNP enhanced woredas’ through enhanced human, organizational and institutional capacities for validating, adapting and scaling best fit practices and innovations.

On the workshop Dr. Kidane Gidey, MU REALISE cluster manager, presented the REALISE program progress and achievements in 2019 and Mr. Teklit Yohannes, Mekelle University REALISE, presented the draft work plan for 2020.

The workshop was concluded with a closing remark by Prof, Fetien Abay, Community and Research vice president. She expressed her gratitude to the stakeholders and acknowledged ideas raised during the discussion as important inputs to further strengthen the program.

The workshop brought participants both from Tigray and outside. Representatives from Tigray woredas, BENEFIT REALISE, bureau of agriculture and rural development, Tigray agricultural research institute, and other partners and stakeholders have also attended the workshop.