Tanzania Value Chain coordination meeting, 10th February 2014, ILRI Nairobi


The objective of the meeting was to have a quick review of the project milestone and what is planned:
- Share what will be done by who and when
- Identify areas of synergies in implementation
- List outputs in 2014 and links with CRP outputs
- Develop a common work plan across activities


Meeting notes


Agree agenda and objectives
What we would like Tanzania to contribute to L&F outputs in 2014
What we would like Tanzania to contribute to A4HN in 2014
Overview of existing //Maziwa Zaidi// Projects
moremilkit/Quick updates and plans for 2014|Ongoing projects/activities/ Quick updates and plans for 2014
PIs/activity leaders
New projects/activities Quick updates and plans for 2014
PIs/activity leaders

Discussion on what has worked well so far and what could be better and how (suggestions for improvement)
Discussion on areas of synergies

Agree and develop plan for maximizing synergies (groups)
PIs/activity leaders

Agree and develop plan for maximizing synergies (reporting back)

Way forward:

Work plan spreadsheet to be prepared by teams working in Tanzania dairy VC
  1. Finalize tools and make them available. Point 1 in work-plan – Development of methods, models and tools for VC assessment:
    1. Every team has developed different tools – there is a need to document these. Resources are needed to help the research teams produce them in the most suitable format (possibility to hire a consultant to do it). The aim is to prepare them in a format that can be made available for public use.
    2. Methods have we been developed: rapid integrated assessment (RIA) by the Food safety and Zoonosis team; many other generic tools developed and used throughout L&F process in TZ (MilkIT and MoreMilkiT)
  2. Summarize findings from assessments and transform them in outputs (e.g. policy briefs). Need to merge together the outputs from the different assessments of dairy VC and RVC have produced reports. Few people among those working in the dairy VC in TZ should be in charge of preparing policy briefs with key messages from those assessments.
  3. Extract key messages from research towards design of interventions – Each team should produce a list of main messages extracted from each project that will contribute to the design of interventions. Amos should expect to receive this from each team.
  4. Those messages can then be prepared in two different formats: (i) scientific publications and (ii) summaries to inform the L&F strategy.
  • FSZ group- two approaches to identifying best bets (i) create a systematic evidence based approach to identify best bets and (ii) more opportunistic approach to specific interventions.
  • Three possible strategies by the FSZ team are: training certification and branding; quality and safety of fermented milk; disease diagnostic tool for animal health.
  • For FSZ group- the team should ensure that the interventions are in line with what other projects within TZ are doing (Faida Mali; MoreMilkiT)
  • Create a list the potential strategies (3-4 prioritized ones) by theme (FSZ, genetics, feeds) within Tanzania VC. Each team should prepare these and share with Amos.
  • Interventions should be designed in a way that allows us to collect data for continuous assessment and to be used in further research.

Extraction of key messages from research work conducted so far
· Each team should produce a list of main messages extracted from each project that will contribute to the design of interventions
Identification of best bets by theme (FSZ, genetics, feeds)
· Create a list the potential strategies (3-4 prioritized ones) by theme within TZ VC.
Filling the work plan spreadsheet
    • Each person responsible for each project - to fill in the work plan spreadsheet and indicate the specific deliverables expected in 2014 under each work plan area. This should then be fitted into the KRA system, so that leaders identify who is in charge of each specific deliverable. Deadline: 17 Feb 2014.
    • When filling the spreadsheet, if the deliverable cannot be delivered within the budget of the project, indicate it under CG funds, so that we can then see how much additional funds can be requested to L&F.
    • Fill also the time plan in the spread sheet indicating whether it refers to activities happening (action = A) or delivery of outputs (O)
    • Include only 2014 activities. The focus should be on “best bets” (rows 18-32)
    • There was a question on how to reflect activities that are not part of the specific projects of the dairy VC and that are not designed to contribute specifically to the VC in TZ, but that indirectly contribute to the aims of the TZ VC. Only include those in the spreadsheet (as an additional column) if they contribute substantially and specifically to the dairy VC work.
    • Within the spread sheet indicate also other activities/events foreseen under each project:
· Key events that will happen in TZ that relate to the VC in TZ work.
· Any other additional/external event only if it is at least 80% related to TZ value chain.
Additional questions:
  1. After themes have done their planning of activities, there will then be some tailoring within the L&F value chain activities so as to ensuring linkages between what themes are committing to and the needs of the TZ VC.
  2. Possibility to increase the presence of Amos Omore (MoremilkiT project) in the sites to supervise the work. It could be done if just one off, but it needs to be properly planned and discussed (budget, who pays for that time) if the needs for supervision are more substantial.