The BiT visit focused on the accomplishments and activities carried out with USAID funding through the Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI)-International Water Management Institute (IMWI). Dr. Mekuanint Agegnehu, Deputy Scientific Director for Research and Community Service, discussed the history, activities, and achievements of BiT, while Ms. Bezawork Tilahun presented the activities carried out at the AGRI-TECH HACKATHON 2021 and the ongoing HACKATON 2022. This, on the other hand, provided the chance for HACKATON participants to present their projects. Later on, Dr. Tewodros, who involved in and earned his PhD from the IMWI-ILSSI Funding, and a faculty member of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, presented activities under small scale irrigation projects, while graduate students had the opportunity to present their thesis on the same topic gratifying to the funding opportunity.
According to Dr. Nicole Lefore, funding is supplied based on why they invest and how to solve the problems that the institute is working on. Though supporting the private sector and policy is one option, funding institutes is preferable since projects and activities can be expanded, which can help farmers and companies overcome obstacles and challenges. As a result, she announced her willingness to participate and assist in achieving more. Discussions based on presentations were held, in which ILSSI visitors participated in advance. Finally, Dr. Bimrew Tamirat, Scientific Director of BiT, delivered a remark on behalf of the Institute, emphasizing the Institute's willingness and appreciation for the contributions of the past. He also pointed out the future prospects where Agro Mechanization and Solar irrigation are the emphasis.
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