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.
Early in April, Peter Hooper, an Australian volunteer, joined the LIVES project for the coming 12 months to support its livestock interventions.
Most dairy processing activities in Ethiopia focus on fresh milk, sold in raw, boiled or pasteurized forms to consumers. The unsold fresh milk is usually processed into fresh butter. Any remaining skimmed milk is either sold to consumers or is heated to get a soft cheese known as “ayeb”. In a milk bar in Mekelle town, the unsold fresh full milk is being naturally fermented into “irgo” (yoghurt). If we could increase demand for dairy products obtained from soured milk, then processors might buy sour in addition to fresh milk from producers.
The predominantly public sector extension service in Ethiopia has gone through tremendous expansion over the past few years. However their approach of service delivery remains more or less production and technology oriented with little attention to marketing. Last month the LIVES project provided training in market-oriented approaches to Ministry of Agriculture staff.
The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project, in an effort to both build the capacity of extension workers and connect them with relevant, easily accessible information has called upon piloting of ICTs, in this case e-readers, whereby easier access to information and knowledge can be accessed
Applying irrigation and fertilizer for forage production is not a common tradition in Ethiopia. Yet, shortage of feed is a prime challenge for many dairy producers.In Sidama, Birtukan Tilahun and her husband apply ‘fertigation’ (mixing fertilizer with irrigation water) to increase the productivity of their dairy cattle.
At the beginning of this month, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) gender specialists visited East Shoa zone, one of the LIVES intervention sites. They wanted to look into the gender mainstreaming efforts and related activities done since the project started.
Ato Gadissa’s started his business in 1990 with 20 cross bred dairy cows on a 17.5 hectare landholding in Ambo town. His business progressed and he now has two big farms in Ambo and Bako Tibe district. He also has shares in Anno Agro-industry company, owns a Farmer Service Center (FSC) and a mega feed …