VIP4FS Planned Comparisons development Workshop Report
The Value Chain Innovation Platforms (VIP4FS) project held a 2 day workshop on planned comparison, from the 21st to 22nd February 2017,that aimed at taking the team through planned comparisons guidelines and principles, sharing of DRYDEV project’s experiences and lessons learnt on planned comparisons and to discuss and agree on options/interventions to be implemented by the project. The project teams from Zambia and Uganda also shared initial ideas for planned comparisons that they had previously discussed for review and improvement. The meeting convened ICRAF project staff and partners from Uganda, Zambia and Australia. In participation were also SAIRLA and DRYDEV project representatives from ICRAF.
Developing value chain innovation platforms to improve food security in East and Southern Africa (VIP4FS) is a four-year project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and is operational in Solwezi, Zambia and Kapchorwa and Manafwa in Uganda. The main aim of the project is to identify principles and drivers that support scalable establishment of effective and equitable innovation platforms that enhance food security through greater engagement of smallholder farmers with markets, focusing particularly on enabling women and young people to improve their livelihoods. This report captures the proceedings of the 2 day workshop and discussions held.