2nd Regional Stakeholders Meeting: A productive gathering to discuss critical success factors and challenging issues

Name of the event: 2nd Regional Stakeholders Meeting

Date: The meeting took place on the 16th and 17th February 2023

Venue: The meeting was organized by the UPSCALE project consortium in Mwanza, Tanzania

On February 16th and 17th, 2023, stakeholders and the UPSCALE consortium from around the region gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2nd Regional Stakeholders Meeting. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the progress of the project, identify critical success factors and challenging issues, and develop strategies to address these challenges.

Country MAC representatives gave feedback on identified roadblock removal and how to be more successful in the future.

Since this project has a big influence on numerous farmers in five African countries, one of the main topics was the synthesis of Agricultural policies in East Africa and stakeholder feedback and value chain and market integration:

  • Desmodium value chains in East Africa
  • PPT products value chains in East Africa
  • Involvement of SMEs in PPT Value Chains

Besides policy and value chain, socioecological modelling workshops also took major attention in MAC this time. Workshops helped participants to develop a deeper understanding of the complex interactions between social and ecological components of a system since the UPSCALE project gathers nature and improves health, and education and overall affects the population’s lifestyle.

The meeting concluded with a feedback session, where stakeholders provided their feedback on the project progress report and the discussion. Stakeholders were generally satisfied with the progress of the project, and they appreciated the opportunity to discuss the critical success factors and challenging issues.

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