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Mobile phones boost vegetable marketing in Ethiopia

Most of the vegetables in Ethiopia are transported and stored at room temperature resulting in high post-harvest losses and poor prices for traders. The use of mobile phones is, however, easing vegetable marketing problems in the country. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Irrigation / Livestock / Oromia / Value Chains

Maize stover: A potential green fodder in Ethiopia

Maize is a major food crop in the lowlands and mid-highlands of Ethiopia, but its stover is hardly utilized efficiently as animal feed, particularly in rain-fed maize production systems. Irrigated maize production offers an opportunity for fodder production which rain-fed maize farming does not. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Dairying / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / Tigray

Dairying: A way out of poverty

Nurhussien Aligoshu’s first experience in dairying was in 2006 when a local organization offered him money to purchase a crossbred dairy cow. Nurhussien was able to expand his crossbred dairy herd from 1 to more than 15 cows in just 8 years. His daily milk sales fluctuate between 30 and 70 litres per day depending on demand. Over the same period, Nurhussien’s monthly income from the sale of milk grew from barely 500 Birr to 15,000 Birr. Continue reading

Amhara / Animal Breeding / Ethiopia / Livestock / Sheep / Value Chains

Oestrus synchronization in sheep: A promising intervention

Oestrous Synchronization and Mass Artificial Insemination (OSMAI) in cattle has now been fully taken-up by Regional Livestock Resource Development and Promotion Agency and its zonal and district offices in Ethiopia. The current support of LIVES project on OSMAI in cattle is limited to generating scientific evidence that can help fine-tune the approach and efficiency of the technology under different framing conditions. The project is also focusing on genetic improvement of sheep through hormone assisted estrus synchronization. The first round of OSMAI on sheep was undertaken at Debre Birhan Sheep breeding and Multiplication center. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Feeds / ILRI / Livestock / Tigray / Value Chains

Communal grazing lands: averting ‘the tragedy of the commons’

The idiom ‘the tragedy of the commons’ was coined in the 19th century Britain. It expresses the failure of farmers to achieve the collective good of their communal grazing lands through their destructive competitive use. The tragedy is caused by overstocking and overgrazing and expressed in land degradation, feed shortage, low livestock productivity and loss of farmers’ livelihoods from livestock. The Atsbi livestock keepers in Tigray region however, acted proactively in a community-based approach to govern their communal land. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / Irrigation / Livestock / Tigray / Value Chains

Fodders creeping onto croplands

Allocating irrigable plots for fodder production has until now been unthinkable among smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. Pioneers like Tesfaye, a smallholder farmer in Tigray region, has recently adopted an uncommon irrigation farming practice – he grows Alfalfa on a plot of about 300 square-meters for his dairy cow alongside his high-value vegetable crops. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Ethiopia / Fruit / ILRI / Irrigation / Oromia / Value Chains

Watermelons – a great opportunity for Ethiopian producers

A common misconception about watermelon is that it contains mainly water and sugar. In reality, it is a nutrient-dense fruit. Watermelon is an excellent source of antioxidants such as lycopene, and also contains vitamins A and C which help prevent cell damage, neutralize and remove free radicals and help fight off different kinds of cancers. Watermelon is also rich in potassium which helps maintain blood pressure to prevent diseases such as stroke, heart disease and also decreases the size of the kidney stones. It is frequently used for body detoxification as it contains a large amounts of water and it also helps in “cleaning” our kidneys. It is a fruit that is rich in an amino acid known as L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and improve circulation. Continue reading