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.
Chicken eggs are important source of protein and income for smallholders in many parts of Ethiopia. Sidama zone has about 1.3 million chicken populations (16% of the region) of which about 16% are located in the intervention districts (Arbegona, Bona zuria and Bensa) of Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project. These districts are situated in mid to highland agro ecology.
This poster, prepared for the ILRI@40 series of events, gives an overview of Ethiopia’s dairy value chain based on findings from a recent working paper by the LIVES project.
This poster, prepared for the ILRI@40 series of events, gives an overview of LIVES project approaches and strategies as well as the project outputs from January 2013 to October 2014.
To address gaps in the dairy production in the region, the Oromia Livestock Development and Health Agency (OLDHA) in partnership with the LIVES project established the Oromia dairy platform, on 6 November 2014, which will create a dialog and policy forum for relevant stakeholders in the dairy sector.
Azage Tegegne, who leads the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project has been honoured by the Ethiopian Government for his role in improving dairy cattle genetics and dairy value chain development in the country.
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.
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.