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.
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.
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.
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.
Butter is a delicious and popular dairy product in Ethiopia. Improving churning efficiency and time are key considerations in the whole dairy business. To improve butter churning by local farmers/dairy processors, the LIVES project tested a manual plastic churn used for small-scale processing in Europe. The device was compared with the traditional clay pout churn in SNNP, Oromia and Tigray regions.
Traditional is not synonymous to backward. Traditional ways of agricultural production and processing may have to be modernized through introduction of modern technologies. Yet, modern technologies need to beat the traditional ones to be adopted. A technology in point is the age-old traditional butter churn in Ethiopia.
The Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (OARI) inaugurated its new headquarters on 8 February 2015. The building houses a food science laboratory, conference centre, library, training rooms and several offices. High-level government officials including Muktar Kedir, the Oromia regional president, state ministers and directors of federal and regional research institutes attended the event. About 500 guests including researchers, development practitioners, NGOs staff, farmers and extension professionals attended the inauguration ceremony.
The LIVES project is testing different training approaches and methods such as couples training, mixed-participant training, coaching and mentoring, direct training and training of trainers (ToT). This blog story shares preliminary observations on potential advantages and disadvantages of a mixed-participant training approach used in LIVES.