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Chicken egg marketing: A viable business for couples in Southern Ethiopia?

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / Value Chains

LIVES supports creation of new dairy platform in Oromia

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Breeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / LIVES / Markets / Value Chains

Azage Tegegne of ILRI-LIVES recognized for role in improving Ethiopia’s dairy production

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. Continue reading

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

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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