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March 2020

On Tuesday 25 February 2020, the Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Teagasc and the implementing partners, organized the inception workshop of the project "Climate Smart Agriculture Research and Innovation Support for Dairy Value Chains in Eritrea" which is co-funded through a 4 Million EUR contribution by the European Union through the "Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture" initiative (DeSIRA). The overall objective of the project is inclusive, sustainable and climate-relevant transformation of the Eritrean dairy value chain to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce poverty, create job opportunities for young people, and promote resilience to climate change while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. It has a total duration of 52 months. The first phase of the project launched on 25 February will concentrate on the preparation of the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) which will focus on dairy value-chain mapping and rapid diagnosis, including stakeholder analysis and identification of broad-brush constraints and opportunities as well as potential interventions, in the targeted geographic areas in Eritrea. The PIP will better define priority activities and effective modalities for implementation.

More than 40 representatives from MoA, the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), other institutions under MoA, the concerned Regional administrations, Teagasc and its partners (VITA, Self Help Africa (SHA), Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), University College Dublin (UCC) and University College Cork (UCC)) and researchers, attended the inception workshop.

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