Planning workshop
In order to improve collaboration and partnerships, RAISEFS recognises stakeholder engagement as an important first step in project implementation. As a result, a collaborative planning session was held in each of the regions following the signing of the collaboration
agreement between RAISE-FS and the implementing partners. The planning workshops were
conducted for two days in each region, and the RAISE-FS regional planning team comprising professionals from research institutes and universities prepared regional plans. To assist and guide the planning, advisors and component leaders of the project presented draft generic activities. The planning which focuses primarily on innovation testing and validation in order to generate evidence.

Validation of the work plan by stakeholders
Consecutive to the planning session, RAISE-FS organized validation workshops at SNNPR and Sidama, Amhara, and Oromia regional states, respectively. The purpose of the workshops was to review and validate the 2022 work plans to be implemented in the regions and to launch the RAISE-FS project in the presence of various food system actors. It was noted that RAISE FS employs a Research for Food System Transformation (R4FST) approach. Then presentations on key elements, drivers, and major outcome areas were given to provide context and insight into the food system transformation approach. The work plans were presented by members of teams of experts drawn from the implementing partner institutions and thoroughly discussed by participants. The workshops were held from 13 May 2022 to 02
July 2022 in Hawassa, Bahir Dar, Harar and Addis Ababa.

Focus areas of interventions for 2022
The focus areas for 2022 at regional levels were validation of sustainable agricultural
practices (integrated soil fertility management, integrated pest management), sustainable seed system establishment/ strengthening, piloting semi-commercial agricultural enterprises for increased diversity of foods and off-farm income generation for women and youth. The focus commodities are oil crops (sesame, sunflower and soybean), poultry, potato, pulses, vegetables in home gardening, and food security crops such as sorghum and root crops. Activities related to food safety and enabling environment for food system transformation are planned at national level.

Target woredas for 2022
In total RAISE-FS project plans to reach 27 woredas in the three regions in the project period. Woredas will be added from Tigray in the coming years when situations permit. In 2022,
the project and implementing partners targeted 13 woredas of which three represent the
commercial, four high potential and six food insecure food system typologies. From SNNP and Sidama regions Hawassa Zuria, Gumer and Boloso Bombe woredas; from Amhara region Mirab Armachiho, Yilmana Densa and Angot woredas; from Oromia seven woredas Eastern Oromia Kersa, Haramaya and Babile and from centeral Oromia Ada’a, Wolmera, Dodota and Sire are target woredas.

Composition of participants
Experts from implementing partners: regional bureaus of agriculture, Ethiopian Agricultural
Research Institute, regional agricultural research institutes, universities; Women and Children
affairs office; Youth and Sports affairs office; and Cooperative Promotion Office.

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