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Cattle fair: LIVES organizes fattened cattle competition in Amhara region

Smallholder farmers’ skills and knowledge about modern fattening practices in West Gojjam zone, similar to other zones in the Amhara region, vary significantly. In order to alleviate this gap, LIVES together with Amhara Regional Livestock Agency and Mecha District Office of Agriculture, organized a half day event on ‘fattened cattle competition’ in Merawi town on April 2015 where 60 smallholder fatteners from Mecha District presented 123 fattened cattle.
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Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Feeding / ASSP / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / Irrigation / LIVES / Markets / Observatons / Value Chains

LIVES links Rhodes grass seed producers and traders at Koga irrigation scheme

Koga irrigation scheme is one of the few largest irrigation schemes in Ethiopia that are managed by smallholder farmers. The LIVES project supports Rhodes grass producers and seed traders at the Koga irrigation scheme by mentoring and demonstrating propagation methods, production practices, seed harvesting, processing and handling practices. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Animal Products / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Honey / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / Observatons / Oromia / Value Chains

The need for new livestock technologies: Fufa Keneni’s challenges with his dairy farm in Ada Berga district, West Shoa

In February 2015, the Oromia Region Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project implementation committee carried out a field visit in West Shoa zone. The objective of the visit was to gain better insight of what’s on the ground so that feasible activities can be planned for the following project year. Continue reading

Agriculture / Apiculture / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / Gender / Honey / ILRI / LIVES / Observatons / Tigray / Value Chains / Women

Making a living from mobile beekeeping in Tigray: Mileat Gebrehiwot’s story

Mileat Gebrehiwot is one of the beekeepers technically supported by the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project and is a member of a local beekeeping platform. We wanted to explore further the mystery of her success in beekeeping that could be of lesson to other beekeepers in the country. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / ASSP / Crops / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Irrigation / Value Chains / Vegetables

Onion seed production: A lucrative business for smallholder farmers in Amhara

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project team in Amhara demonstrated onion seed production practices in Kalu District of South Wollo zone. The yield from the demonstration plots showed onion seed production is more lucrative than onion bulb production. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / DFATD / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Observatons / Oromia / Value Chains

Stimulating the use of farmer training centres in Oromia

Farmer training centres (FTCs) have been designed and used to improve agricultural extension services delivery in many developing countries. Ethiopia is promoting the FTC approach with the hope of improving the reach and effectiveness of agricultural extension and the participation of farmers in technology development. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Observatons / Oromia / Value Chains / Women

Finding inner strength and hope: Livestock business empowers Ethiopian couple

This story is about a couple, Bizunesh Abu (30) and Wendu Gutema (40), living in Mojo town, Oromia who started dairy farming and fattening of bulls calves after attending a short-term training on business entrepreneurship. Continue reading