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Facilitating market linkages—LIVES project approaches and lessons learned
CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / LIVES / Markets / Value Chains

Facilitating market linkages—LIVES project approaches and lessons learned

Taking a value chain approach is essential to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, according to scientists working at International Livestock Research Institute project (ILRI). Making smallholder producers more aware of market opportunities will help them make reasonable returns on their investments. Continue reading

Building public-private partnerships: LIVES project approach and experience
CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / Value Chains

Building public-private partnerships: LIVES project approach and experience

Leveraging private and public sector partners is key to helping smallholder producers establish platforms to exchange knowledge on overcoming bottlenecks in value chain, and create linkages that facilitate new businesses opportunities, such as opening of feed shops. Continue reading

Capacity development for market-oriented agricultural development
Agriculture / Capacity Strengthening / CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / LIVES / Markets

Capacity development for market-oriented agricultural development

Capacity development plays a critical enabling role in facilitating the adoption and scaling out of value chain development interventions and approaches by addressing attitudinal, knowledge and skills gaps in value chain actors, service providers and value chain supporters. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Feeding / Cattle / CRP37 / Dairying / Ethiopia / Extension / Feeds

Evaluating viability and benefits of small-scale feed chopper businesses in Ethiopia

Motorized feed choppers introduced by the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project are helping the country’s livestock farmers better utilize available feed resources to increase milk production. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Forages / LIVES / Livestock / Women

Forage seed businesses increase women farmers’ incomes

About a year ago (August 2015), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-led Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project in collaboration with the ILRI/GIZ FeedSeed Project organized a training on forage seed production and marketing for 21 female smallholders and five forage experts. Continue reading