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Some years ago, a local Innovation Platform (IP) was established In Fogera in Ethiopia to bring different stakeholders together for knowledge sharing, joint planning and implementation of development intervention. The stakeholders chose to work on free grazing as a key NRM challenge and fodder development as a promising intervention to tackle the problem of land degradation and animal feed shortage in the area. This article describes some of the challenges and successes encountered in supporting this process.

NBDC, Aug/2014

A two week value chain report validation workshop is underway at the ILRI campu in Addis Ababa. The workshop is jointly organized by CIAT and the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia. It aims to validate and finalize the value chain studies that were conducted earlier this year. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

Although Gamgofa zone is agro-ecologically very suitable for cattle fattening, smallholder cattle fatteners are not earning much from the sector. The beef value chain actors who attended livestock commodity platform meetings organized by Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project, prioritized the poorly developed cattle marketing system as the number one challenge in the zone. Continue reading

LIVES, Oct/2014

Hybrid vegetables reduce environmental pollution as high productivity reduces expansion of irrigated land and thus reduces the aggravation of soil salinity, especially in the rift valley areas. In addition, these hybrid varieties are more resistant to disease and pest as compared to the conventional ones (open pollinated varieties) and thus help reduce the amount of fungicides and pesticides applied. Use of hybrid varieties of vegetables has become common in East Shoa zone of Oromia region.
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LIVES, Oct/2014

Update on ILRI Ethiopia national staff appointments July–August 2014. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Sep/2014

Following the recent workshop on 'Integrating Gender into Agricultural Programming', the Africa RISING project in the Ethiopian Highlands has decided to engage 'gender champions' to raise gender awareness, cultivate gender equity and ensure sustainability of gender work in the project. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Sep/2014

The post-workshop evaluation from the recent Ethiopia workshop on 'Integrating Gender into Agricultural Programming' revealed that various participants had greater familiarity and experience with gender especially among the female participants. Both male and female participants clearly needed further support, training, and assistance to translate gender into practical changes in their work. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Sep/2014

Poor-quality feed, fluctuating feed supplies and seasonal feed shortages are major constraints to increasing livestock productivity in many tropical countries. Forage diversity is an essential resource for the selection and breeding of superior forages for use in smallholder farming to alleviate these constraints. This poster, prepared for the Tropentag 2014 conference, describes forage diversity activities … Continue reading

Livestock Feed and Fodder blog, Sep/2014

A modest, unlikely vehicle for smallholder farmers in Sidamma, Ethiopia to make ends meet is the pineapple, which was introduced here about 50 years ago. Pineapples should do well here, where the warm climate and soils suit the plant. Although pineapples can fruit throughout the year, in Sidama, the peak harvests are from April to May and October to November.
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LIVES, Sep/2014

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Workshop participants From 18-20 August, the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia joined forces with the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish to hold a gender training for staff and partners in both projects. The workshop aimed to introduce workshop participants to: Different concepts of gender and the importance of…

Africa RISING, Sep/2014