Animal Feeding / ASSP / Ethiopia / Feeds / Livestock / Markets / Observatons / Value Chains

Small-scale feed marketing in East Shewa Zone of Oromia, Ethiopia

Livestock is one of the fastest growing agricultural sub-sectors in developing countries and this growth is driven by rapidly increasing demand for livestock products, mainly due to population growth, urbanization and increasing incomes. The increase in livestock products in turn requires an increase in different inputs for livestock production, mainly feed. Feed is the major … Continue reading

Cattle / Ethiopia / Livestock / Markets / SNNPR / Value Chains

Humbo Livestock Marketing Hub in SNNPR: observations and lessons

Humbo is one of the districts in SNNPR where LIVES is currently operating. It has an independent livestock marketing center well situated in the district town. The livestock market is large and is an important hub for traders and buyers from across the country. Although different types of livestock (fattened cattle, breeding cows, heifers, calves, … Continue reading

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

Ethiopian monastery illustrates multifaceted benefits of integrated livestock and irrigated crops production

The Estephanos Monastery is on an island in Lake Haik, part of Tehuledere district in South Wollo where LIVES has one of its project sites.  The first church was built in 862 AD; in 1262 AD a monastery was established. Since then, it delivers spiritual, social and development activities for the inhabitants of the surrounding … Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock

Livestock, value chains, growth: LIVES sponsors 21st Ethiopian animal production conference

The annual conference of Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP) was held for the 21st time at the headquarters of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) from August 28-30 The theme was ‘Livestock and Economic growth: Value chains as pathways for development’. The event was the first of its kind to be officially addressed … Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Ethiopia / Livestock

Ethiopia creates new livestock development state ministry

The Government of Ethiopia recently established a Livestock State Ministry within the Ministry of Agriculture. The State Ministry officially started  on 15 March 2013 with the appointment of State Minster Dr, Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes. In this interview, he explains the mandate and functions of the new State Ministry. What led the government to establish the State … Continue reading

ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Livestock / Value Chains

LIVES program of work for April 2013- March 2014

April 2013 to March 2014 will be a year of many firsts for the LIVES project. Now that most staff have been recruited and the activities in capacity development, knowledge management, promotion, value chain development and research have been identified; it’s time to get started! The program of work for the year is based on … Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Gender / ILRI / Irrigation / IWMI / Knowledge and Information / Livestock / Research / Value Chains

LIVES research partners set out research priorities and areas of work for the project

In March, some 75 people from national and international research institutes and governmental agencies joined the research planning workshop of the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project. The workshop was organized to develop an overall research framework for LIVES, to determine priority multi-locational research topics in support of the proposed interventions … Continue reading

ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Gender / ILRI / Irrigation / IWMI / Knowledge and Information / Livestock / Value Chains

LIVES research planning workshop scheduled for end of March 2013

As the big chunk of the LIVES project is action research, it will convene a research planning workshop from 26-28 March 2013. This workshop is expected to substantiate the overall research framework that will be used by the project; identify research partner organizations/individuals at regional, national and international levels; and determine priority multi-locational research topics … Continue reading

ASSP / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / IWMI / Livestock / Value Chains


The whole month of February and the beginning of March 2013 was dedicated to LIVES zonal workshops in the selected zonal towns of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray. The aim of the workshops was threefold: The first was familiarizing the project  objectives and targets to local stakeholders: smallholder producers, input suppliers, unions/cooperatives, service providers, the … Continue reading