LIVES is implemented by ILRI, IWMI, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Regional Agricultural Research Institutes, Regional Bureaus of Agriculture and Regional Livestock Health and Development Agencies. It is supported by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
This post tells the story of a champion agricultural expert who is using the facilities of an agricultural knowledge centre (AKC) in West Shoa zone to promote a learning and sharing culture among the staff of the zone’s agricultural development office.
The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project and agricultural research partners in Ethiopia have finalized plans for 50 new collaborative action research projects in the country.
Better harvesting tools and post-harvest handling processes introduced by the LIVES project have improved smallholder mango production in Gamo Gofa zone of Ethiopia.
Transhumance livestock production is extensive, and has little market orientation. Households engaged in the production system own large numbers of indigenous livestock compared to sedentary producers.
The LIVES project is training smallholder farmers in Jimma zone, Oromia on grafting and management of improved avocado seedlings. Ijigu Tefera has grafted and raised more than 1000 improved avocado seedlings. He earned USD 1,250 from the first batch of seedlings he sold.
Habil Abdu operates a specialized goat fattening enterprise in South Wollo, Ethiopia that is exemplary in its market orientation.