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Day 1

 September, 2016


PROCASUR Corporation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are excited to begin the Training Workshop on Learning Route implementation and impact evaluation in Khartoum Sudan!!

The training workshop which will be taking place between the 18th and 21st of September 2016, is one of the activities organized under the project: "Knowledge Management Tools for Enhanced Project Performance" organized by the IFAD Country Office in Sudan in collaboration with Procasur Africa.

The workshop has the participation of 23 staff and project coordinators from several government Ministries in Sudan among them: the Ministry of Animal Resources (MoAR), the Ministry of Agriculture &Forestry (MoAF) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP). There are also representatives from the Central Coordination Unit for IFAD, the IFAD Country Office (ICO) in Sudan and IFAD projects in Sudan, in particular, the Livestock Marketing and Resilience Project (LMRP), the Western Sudan Resources Management Program (WSRMP), the Butana Integrated Rural Development Project (BIRDP) and the Supporting Traditional Rainfed Small-scale Producers in Sinnar State (SUSTAIN).

The objective of this learning initiative is to elaborate on the lessons learnt, project results, impact evaluation and replication of good practices gained from the implementation of past learning routes; capitalizing on this knowledge for a way forward in the scaling-up of these good practices.

The first day of the workshop started with an introductory session with a short presentation of the PROCASUR team and the workshop participants as well as the participants’ expectations of the training. Several participants mentioned the Learning Route methodology, the selection of host cases and the production of knowledge products as areas they want to acquire more skills in. 


"I'm expecting us to improve our skills in designing and preparing a Learning Route, more specifically improving our skills in how to select the different cases. I really like the idea of learning from the field and including communities as local champions" ~ Mohammed ElHassan, Natural Resource Management Officer from the Butana Integrated Rural Development Project (BIRDP).


The introductory session was followed by a discussion on what the difference between an exchange visit and a Learning Route is. One of the key "take home" messages for the participants was that the Learning Route is a continuous learning process where the organisers of a Learning Route need to understand what they want to learn, how to share the knowledge during field visits and finally how they can make use of the new knowledge after the Learning Route. 


For Aisha Mahmoud Mohammed, inspector of Animal Protection at the Federal Ministry of Animal Resources in Sudan, it was the first time to participate in a training on the Learning Route methodology and she found it interesting to learn about how to prepare a Learning Route and select the right cases: "The workshop is a good opportunity for me to increase my skills and knowledge about Learning Routes as a way of sharing knowledge. I will go back to the Ministry of Animal Resources, and share what I have learned with my colleagues."

During another session the PROCASUR technical coordinator Professor Omar Egemi gave a short presentation on Natural Resource Management in Sudan and the challenges related thereto. His overview was followed by a presentation from the IFAD Country Office on the planned Learning Route on Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Productivity and its specific learning objectives.


During the afternoon session representatives from Butana Integrated Rural Development Project (BIRDP), Supporting Small Rain Fed Producers in Sinnar State (SUSTAIN) and Western Sudan Resource Management Programme (WSRMP) presented their proposed cases for the Learning Route. SUSTAIN plans to share the good practice of Conservation Agriculture; WSRMP, the practices of Stock Route demarcation, Mobile Extension Teams and Conflict Resolution Centres, while BIRDP wants to share their experience from Natural Resource Management at community level.

"Our focus these coming days should be to look at the theme of the Learning Route and to select the right cases for this learning event. Our challenge is to finalise the cases, integrate them in the program of the Learning Route and to see how we can benefit from the communities – with a limited amount of time, the Learning Route will take place in a couple of weeks.” ~ Mohammed El Hassan, from the BIRDP project.

The aim of this training is to improve knowledge management originated mainly by the systematization of good local practices through learning and real application of the methodologies learned. Participants can get to know and practically understand the tools they will apply in their projects, thus contributing to the scaling-up of these good practices.


To read more on this and to download the Toolkit for Participants and Program of the activities, you can visit this page

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