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The fifth key message from the Nile Basin Development Challenge is to 'adapt new models, learning and planning tools and improved learning processes to increase the effectiveness of planning, implementation, and capacity building'. Planners, development agents and farmers, together with researchers, can use a variety of tested tools to plan and implement rain water management solutions, and to develop capacities of all actors along the way.

NBDC, May/2014

The fourth key message from the Nile Basin Development Challenge is to 'create, align and implement incentives for all parties to successfully implement sustainable innovative programs at scale'. Incentives can be positive and negative, formal or informal, tangible or intangible, and they are different whether you are based upstream or downstream. Different incentives will motivate diverse actors differently, but in any case appropriate incentives are critical for community-led implementation of rain water management.

NBDC, May/2014

When Sasakawa-Global 2000 and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) provided training and loans to a group of farmers in the Awash Valley, Ethiopia, little did they anticipate what such resources in the hands of hard working, poor, small scale farmers could yield. The farmers in the Awash River Basin were trapped in poverty, earning … Continue reading

Sustainable Livestock Digest, May/2014

The third key message from the Nile Basin Development Challenge is to Strengthen and transform institutional and human capacities among all stakeholders to achieve the potential benefits of sustainable land management'.

NBDC, May/2014

The second key message from the Nile Basin Development Challenge is to 'Integrate and share scientific and local knowledge and encourage innovation through learning by doing’. It emphasizes the need to embrace local knowledge as a trusted source of information and expertise. The alliance of scientific analysis and community validation (for instance in farmer field days) helps pay attention to bio-physical and socio-economic aspects and bring about much more robust rainwater management solutions.

NBDC, Apr/2014

The first key message from the Nile Basin Development Challenge is to 'empower local communities and develop their leadership capacities to achieve long-term benefits and sustainable outcomes. Participatory design and planning on rainwater management interventions ensures key issues are addressed, the right pilot interventions are taking place and provides long term solutions with the commitment of everyone.

NBDC, Apr/2014

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), and partners from the National Agricultural Research System are supporting community-based breeding programs (CBBPs) in Ethiopia. This project report provides preliminary results in terms of the reproductive performance of indigenous sheep breeds kept under CBBPs, the effects of non-genetic factors on the performance of the sheep breeds in Ethiopia and overall progress in institutionalizing CBBPs. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, May/2014

  There is a broad consensus that most smallholder agricultural systems in Africa are far from being 21st century agriculture. Measured by multiple criteria including the use of technologies, application of inputs, and organizational and institutional set ups required for modern production, processing and marketing of agricultural produces, smallholder agriculture in Ethiopia is not exceptional. … Continue reading

LIVES, Apr/2014

The 'FeedSeed' project at the International Livestock Research Institute is working with public and private partners to help create a sustainable forage seed supply system in Ethiopia. The idea is to help local entrepreneurs start up forage seed businesses, mainly by establishing a public business incubator that can provide training and mentoring to the entrepreneurs. From 7-11 April 2014, the project organized a technical and business skills development training course for potential forage seed entrepreneurs. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Apr/2014

The 2014 workplan of the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia sets out 7 research for development focus areas. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Apr/2014