My final task in Nairobi this week was a working session with staff on the HOPE project, grappling with issues and developing a proposal for the sorghum and millet value chains.
This included talking about the science of delivery and adoption of new technologies by smallholder farmers. We discussed how HOPE fits within an overall country strategy and the important role of markets to translate surplus production into profitability. We also looked at ways to compress the time it takes an improved variety to reach a farmer.
I was enthused by the energy level of the conversations and the commitment of staff to ensure the project is well positioned to achieve impact at scale through a broad range of strategic partnerships along the commodity value chain.