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የፍራፍሬ ልማት በዳሌ ወረዳ

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ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በዳሌ ወረዳ በፍራፍሬ ማዳቀልና የችግኝ አቅርቦት ኤክስቴንሽን ይዞ የቀረበ ነው፡፡ በዳሌ ወረዳ ያሉ አርሶ አደሮችና የወረዳው ግብርና ከመልካሳ የግብርና ምርምር ጣቢያ እና ከ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክት ጋር በመሆን የአቮካዶ፣ የማንጎና ሌሎች የፍራፍሬ ዝርያዎችን ለማልማትና ምርታማነትን ለማሻሻል የጋራ እንቅስቃሴ ፈጥረዋል። በዚህም እንቅስቃሴ አዳዲሰ የማንጎና የአቮካዶ ዝርያዎችን በማደቀል አስተዋውቀዋል። በተጨማሪም እነኚህን አዳዲስ ችግኝ ማዳቀልና ማፍላት በወረዳው ለተመረጡ ገበሬዎች ከመልካሳ የግብርና ምርምር ጣቢያ በመጣ አሰልጣኝ ድጋፍ ስልጠና ተሰጥቷል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን ቪዲዮ በዳሌ ወረዳ የፍራፍሬ ልማት የአርሶ አደሩን ተሞክሮና ስኬቶችንም አካቶ ይዟል። The Dale fruit story video presents experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project and partners in introducing improved varieties of Mango and Avocado fruits in Dale District, SNNPR. IPMS in partnership with the district office of agriculture, Melkassa research center and other partners, introduced new varieties of these fruits, which are sweeter, fleshy, faster growing and more demanded in the market, by using grafting technique. Experience of farmers who manage own fruit nursery of the improved varieties and the positive impact that it brought on their livelihood is presented.

ጉብኝት ለመልካም ተሞክሮ [Gender mainstreaming in Ethiopian agriculture]

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ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በግብርናው ዘርፍ የሴቶች መብትና ተሳትፎ እንዲሁም ተጠቃሚነት ተግባራዊ ለማድርግ የ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክትን እንቅስቃሴዎች አካቶ ይዟል። IPMS ሴቶችን ከወንዶች እኩል የፕሮጀክቱ ድገፍ ተጠቃሚ በማድረግ የስርዐተ ፆታ እኩልነትን ለማስፈን የበኩሉን አስተዋፆ አድርጓል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአደኣ ወረዳ ያሉ ሴት አርሶ አደሮች በፕሮጀክቱ አማካኝነት በተደረገ የባለሞያ እገዛና የገበያ ትስስር ተጠቃሚ የሆኑበትንና ሰኬታቸውን ይዞ ቀርቧል። This video presents experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on its gender mainstreaming strategy to ensure that both men and women farmers benefit from project interventions. This documentary video highlights processes and activities of IPMS to for an active role of women in market oriented agriculture. The case women farmers involved in various crop and livestock production activities in Adaa district, Oromiya, Ethiopia, who benefited from the IPMS project is highlighted on this video. In Amharic with English subtitles.

ሽንኩርት ከምርት ወደ ገበያ በአላማጣ

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ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአላማጣ ወረዳ የሽንኩርት ምርት ኤክስቴንሽን ይዞ ቀርቧል፡፡ በአላማጣ ወረዳ ያሉ አርሶ አደሮችና የወረዳው ግብርና ከ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክት ጋር በመሆን የሽንኩርት ምርትን ከገበያ የማገናኘት ስራ ላይ የጋራ እንቅስቃሴ ፈጥረዋል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአርሶ አደሩ የተደረጉ ተሞክሮዎችና በ ዕውቀት መጨበጥ አኳያ እና ገበያ ማገናኘት ላይ ያሉ ውጤቶችንና ስኬቶችን ይዞ ቀርቧል። 'Onion: from farm-gate to market' presents the experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on improving onion value chain in Alamata district, Tigray, Ethiopia. On this video, extension experts and farmers share their experiences of engaging in market oriented agriculture production and their experience in organizing themselves into cooperatives and creating linkage traders in urban markets. The role of the district office of agriculture and experts reflection on the alliance they formed with the IPMS and other stakeholders to facilitate market access is highlighted on this video.

Agricultural value chain exhibition links Ethiopian actors

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On March 31, 2011, IPMS and the Oromia Bureau of Agriculture organized an exhibition on Agricultural Value Chains in Bishoftu/Debrezeit. In this video, Nigatu Alemayehu tells us why the exhibition is needed and who partcipated. The main objective of the exhibition was to transfer knowledge between input suppliers, technology generators, market agents and service providers.

Livestock fattening innovation in Ethiopia - the Metema story

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This video documents how a 2005 alliance between the local government office of agriculture, the IPMS project, and local livestock farmers and traders in western Ethiopia took advantage of livestock market opportunities in neighbouring Sudan. Through dialogue with local actors, the team worked out a "new way of doing business." This brought knowledge to farmers, connected them to animal health providers, encouraged shopkeepers to sell feed for fattening, and reached out to farmers through community institutions like the church. What went right in Metema? First, farmers were empowered through sharing of new ideas - on fattening and on market opportunities. Second, the team addressed issues beyond production, reaching out to input providers and others. Third, the team worked with farmers and input suppliers who volunteered to try fattening, with their own resources. Some of the critical building blocks to sustain and scale out this approach include: Effective partnerships among all actors in the value chain; appropriate knowledge for farmers on many topics; stronger input supply systems; stronger support systems for farmers to get hold of services; market information

ዩሪዐ ሞላሠሥ እንደ ከብት መኖነት በኢትዮጲያ

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Ousman Haji Ali is a farmer in Mieso Woreda in Ethiopia. In this video (in Amharic) recorded at the March 31 2011 Agricultural Value Chain exhibition, he explains how he learned about urea molases as an animal feed from ILRI/IPMS. He explains that urea molasses is made from urea, oil cake, wheat bran, mineral soil and molasses which helps to fatten animals, increase milk production of a cow and can help cattle resist drought.

Introducting the Ethiopian Agricultural Portal (EAP)

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Fanos Mekonnen introduces the Ethiopian Agricultural Portal that has been developed by IPMS and the Ethiopian government to increase access to information in the sector. She was speaking at the IPMS experience-sharing workshop on Market-Oriented Smallholder Development in Ethiopia, 2-3 June 2011 in Addis Ababa. The website is at http://www.eap.gov.et

Fruit value chains in Ethiopia rely on farmer inputs

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Ketema Yilma introduces IPMS project experiences with the development of fruit value chains in Ethiopia. A particular feature was giving support for farming couples to set up nurseries where they could become producers of inputs to other farmers. He was speaking at the IPMS experience-sharing workshop on Market-Oriented Smallholder Development in Ethiopia, 2-3 June 2011 in Addis Ababa.

An innovation story: Irrigated banana value chain development in Ethiopia

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This innovation story narrates the experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on innovative banana value chain development in Metema district, Amhara, Ethiopia. The project introduced banana production systems in the district for the first time in 2005. IPMS together with the stakeholders provided support along the banana value chain on production, in put supply and marketing. Originally published: 9 December 2011

የመስኖ ሙዝ ልማት በመተማ ወረዳ

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ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በመተማ ወረዳ የመስኖ ሙዝ ልማት ኤክስቴንሽን ይዞ ቀረቧል፡፡ በመተማ ወረዳ ያሉ አርሶ አደሮችና የወረዳው ግብርና ከ IPMS (በኢትዮጵያ ምርታማነትና የገበያ ስኬት ማሻሻያ) ፕሮጄክት ጋር በመሆን የመስኖ ሙዝ ልማትን ለማስተዋወቅ የጋራ እንቅስቃሴ ፈጥረዋል። በተጨማሪም የአሰራር፣ የ አቅርቦት፣ እና የመረጃ ልውውጥ በፕሮጀክቱ ተመቻችቷል። ይህ ዶኪመንቴሽን በአርሶ አደሩ የተደረጉ ተሞክሮዎችና በ ዕውቀት መጨበጥ አኳያ ያሉ ውጤቶችንና ስኬቶችንም ይዞ ቀርቧል። This innovation story narrates the experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on innovative banana value chain development in Metema district, Amhara, Ethiopia. The project introduced banana production systems in the district for the first time in 2005. IPMS together with the stakeholders provided support along the banana value chain on production, in put supply and marketing. Originally published: 9 December 2011

የስርዓተ ዖታ ቪዲዮ በቡሬ ወረዳ

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'አንዴ አርሶ መዝራት' እና 'የስርዓተ ዖታ ሚና እና የስራ ተወራራሽነት' ቪዲዮ በ Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project [Amharic] This story narrates the experience of Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project on the empowerment of rural women in Buree Zalema, Ethiopia. In Bure district of Amhara region, IPMS contributed in attaining equal chore division between men and women at home and outside. In one of the Kebeles in Bure, women till the land, while men proactively do house chores like baking injera and cleaning. In the end this creates a supportive environment and empowerment of both parts of the society. Originally published: November 2012

የስርዓተ ዖታ ቪዲዮ፥ አካባቢን እና ተፈጥሮን መንከባከብ በአፅቢ ወምበርታ ወረዳ

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አካባቢን እና ተፈጥሮን መንከባከብ ቪዲዮ በ Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project [Amharic] In Astbi Womberta district in Tigray, female farmers are involved in area enclosure and fodder production. This brought positive impacts on environmental rehabilitation, recovery of fodder for bees and enhanced the production of feed for small ruminant fattening. Originally published: November 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Borlaug fellowships 2015

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2015 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to scientists, researchers, and policymakers from 34 eligible countries. Fellows will work one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency, usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.

The application deadline October 31, 2014.

Fellowship focus: Training and collaborative research opportunities for scientists, researchers, and policymakers.

Themes: Include soil and water management; agricultural genetics and breeding; livestock health and management; agricultural processing; biotechnology; climate change; biofuels; and others (varying by eligible countries)

Activity: Fellows work with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency — usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor later visits the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.

Visit the Borlaug Fellowship Program Application page to learn more about the program and to apply online.

 Country and research topic priorities


Filed under: Agriculture, Award, Scholarship Tagged: USDA

Mapping crops to improve food security

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Photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet

In the era of big data, unmanned drones, and satellite remote sensing, our knowledge of crop growing locations remains surprisingly limited. We have even less information on crop yields that vary from plot to plot. While some developed countries have started to map their crops, most developing countries have no such capacity. Information on the distribution and performance of specific crops is therefore mostly available through national or sub-national statistics, which are often too general for a focused analysis. 

The lack of consistent spatial information on crops creates problems for both researchers and policy makers. Researchers need such information to estimate the impact of climate change on agriculture, calculate yield gaps (difference between actual and potential yields), or analyze the historical evolution of farming systems. Policymakers, donors, and investors need it to better target agricultural and rural development investments and policies.

The potential value of such maps has not been overlooked by the international research community. Many independent groups have been pursuing the development of global cropping system maps for quite a while. But the task is neither straightforward nor easy. As the results of the recent analysis by a team of researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) show, the discrepancies between and among available datasets are significant. The study compared the four main existing cropping system models – M3, MIRCA, SPAM, and GAEZ. As it turns out, the data sets disagree not only on the crop-specific information, but also on the extent of cropland delineated in the models. It is not surprising that having calculated the global yield gap using each of the four data sets, the researchers found that the differences in the results were even larger than the estimated yield gap itself (i.e., the average from the four models).   

Fig5.2These results speak for themselves: we need more accurate and validated maps of cultivated area and crop yields by crops at a global scale. Accuracy and validation can best be achieved through collaboration among researchers. And while there have been examples of such collaboration, such as a recent workshop on characterization of the global production system convened by IFPRI, more needs to be done.

Improving spatial understanding of crop production systems will help us all – researchers, policymakers, donors, and other actors of public and private sectors – to contribute to food security and agricultural growth with minimal environmental impacts.

 stacks-SPAM  SPAM (IFPRI’s recipe)

SPAM is the Spatial Production Allocation Model developed by IFPRI to generate highly disaggregated, crop-specific production data by triangulation of all relevant background information. This includes national and sub-national crop production statistics, satellite data on land cover, maps of irrigated areas, biophysical crop suitability assessments, population density, secondary data on irrigation and rain fed production systems, cropping intensity, and crop prices. This information is compiled and integrated to generate prior estimates of the spatial distribution of individual crops. “Priors” are then submitted to an optimization model that uses cross-entropy approach to make plausible estimates of crop distribution within disaggregated units.

Tested in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, SPAM is now widely used to generate a global distribution of crop area and production for over 40 crops. SPAM methodology is being continuously improved with a commitment to update the model every five years. SPAM is incorporating more remote sensing inputs (e.g. crop growing season) and higher resolution images by newer satellites and more recently by drones. IFPRI is currently working with Purdue University to put the model on a cloud so that users could run their own SPAM. The team has already started to assemble subnational statistics for SPAM 2010.

To learn more about SPAM, visit www.mapspam.info or contact HarvestChoice

Reference:

Anderson, Weston; You, Liangzhi; Wood, Stanley; Wood-Sichra, Ulrike and Wu, Wenbin. 2014. A comparative analysis of global cropping systems models and maps. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1327. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). http://www.ifpri.org/publication/comparative-analysis-global-cropping-systems-models-and-maps

(Also forthcoming in Global Ecology and Biogeography)

This work is part of a project facilitated by HarvestChoice within PIM under Research Flagship 3 (Adoption of Technology and Sustainable Intensification) devoted to developing geospatial tools for mapping of the work of all 16 CGIAR research programs, geographical alignment of complementary agricultural investments, and monitoring the pace and extent of adoption of technologies. 

 

To those interested to learn more about SPAM, we also highly recommend this recent blog by HarvestChoice:  What's New with SPAM Two (Thousand Five) 

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