IITA staff working in the Western Africa Hub met in Ada, Osun State, Nigeria to draw up a strategy that would drive the research agenda in the next decade.
The event began on Thursday 10 April, and ended on Sunday, 13 April. There were brainstorming sessions that cut across the key peculiarities in the region, the science priorities for the Hub, and the alignment of these priorities with CRPs.
Regional staff reviewed key demographics in the bloc with a keen look at agroecological zones, population, crop yields, and the impact of climate change on the region.
Addressing researchers, Dr Robert Asiedu said the major outcome of the meeting was the development of a draft strategy in alignment with the Institute-wide strategy that would be presented to the IITA Board at the next meeting.
The retreat conducted SWOT analysis for the region and reexamined the vision, mission, strategic objective and key performance indicators (KPI). Thomas Wobill, IITA Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, introduced participants to basic M&E concepts including the theory of change and impact pathway.
About 42 members of staff participated in the exercise.
Images at the Retreat