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FACASI Mechanization Policy Workshop

Dates:
  • Sun, August 2, 2015 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon, August 3, 2015 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, August 4, 2015 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, August 5, 2015 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location / Venue:
University of Zimbabwe, Harare

Details:

FACASI Project Mechanization Policy Workshop

University of Zimbabwe, Harare

03-05 August 2015

Schedule

  • Day 0: Sunday, 2nd August 2015: Arrival of participants (Rainbow Towers Hotel, Harare)
  • Day 1-3: 3rd-5th August 2015: Workshop (University of Zimbabwe)
  • Day 4: Thursday, 6th August 2015: Departure

    Workshop Objective:

  • For the four target countries under FACASI Project, workshop participants identify policy gaps, constraints and opportunities that impede or facilitate the wider delivery and adoption of 2WT-based mechanization to smallholder farmers.

    Participants:

  • Maximum of 7 researchers: one participant from each project target country, Project Leader (FB), and CIMMYT staff working on Objective 3 (MJ and PM).

    Agenda:

  • Identify ideal policy environments that could potentially facilitate the wider expansion of smallholder farm mechanization
  • Inventory of country specific policies facilitating/impeding expansion of farm mechanization
  • Identify key policy gaps, constraints and opportunities related to the expansion of farm mechanization
  • Develop a document to be used in evaluating policy options used as an input for the national policy dialogue on farm mechanization. The document also includes set of policy recommendations to fill the identified gaps.

    Preparations needed ahead of the workshop

  • Collect and review policy/strategy documents of the target countries related to farm mechanization. These include: import policy (machinery import, spare-parts, fuel and lubricants, etc.), incentives for investment in agriculture (tax/tariff exemptions on selected imports), credit availability for agricultural mechanization (big, medium, and smallholder farmers), insurance mechanisms, mobility of machineries on roads, etc.
  • In addition to the Government policy/strategy documents, review of any academic papers, reports from NGOs, research institutes, Government Departments (especially Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization Departments, etc.) are all useful in getting insights about the overall status of mechanization and the role of policies in the expansion of mechanization.
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