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Animal Breeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Livestock / Research

More money, milk and meat: Mass artificial insemination for Ethiopian cattle

Ethiopia’s millions of cattle owners face challenges to increase the productivity of their animals. They often struggle to keep them healthy and well-fed. Managing the quality of the breed is one of the challenges that is getting better, thanks to improvements in the ways that artificial insemination (AI) services are provided. Continue reading

Animal Products / ASSP / Dairying / Gender / ILRI / LIVES / Markets / SNNPR / Value Chains

Helping Ethiopia’s rural women with butter processing

Women all over Ethiopia process milk into butter in rural households, perhaps with the exception of areas where consumption of milk in coffee or tea is common. The LIVES project has been experimenting with different butter churns to find ways to reduce the labour burden on women. Continue reading

Amhara / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Uncategorized

Hawassa city celebrates World Milk Day for the first time

World Milk Day was celebrated in Hawassa city, the capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) in Ethiopia on 30 June 2014. Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet and World Milk Day is the perfect opportunity to spread word on the nutritional benefits of drinking milk. This was the first time the day was celebrated in Hawassa though in other parts of the world, the event has been observed for fourteen years. Continue reading

Agriculture / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Knowledge and Information / Knowledge centers / LIVES / SNNPR

Leaping ahead: ICT-based centres boost access to agricultural information in Ethiopia

  Ten years ago, access to computers, the internet and other information communication technology (ICT) tools was practically unheard of in the rural districts of Ethiopia. Conventional extension service delivery came in the form of face-to-face knowledge exchange, demonstrations, trainings and visits, handwritten reports and scant reference materials, some as old as 20 years.  However, … Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Ethiopia / Fruit / ILRI / Irrigation / LIVES / Markets / SNNPR / Value Chains

Improved marketing systems raise incomes for banana farmers in Gamo Gofa

The conventional banana marketing system in Mirab Abaya district was identified as a major challenge affecting the overall banana value chains. This story tells about the participatory processes of problem identification and introduction of potential interventions to improve banana marketing in the district. The existing scenario was understood through innovation platforms, focus group discussions with producers, discussions with executive committee members of primary marketing cooperatives and field observations. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Cattle / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / SNNPR / Value Chains

Cattle fattening in Gamogofa benefits from improved market linkages

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

Agriculture / ASSP / Ethiopia / ILRI / Irrigation / LIVES / Markets / Oromia / Value Chains / Vegetables

Improving seedling supply for smallholders to boost Ethiopia’s hybrid tomato production

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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