At the beginning of this month, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) gender experts visited East Shoa zone, one of the LIVES intervention sites. They wanted to look into the gender mainstreaming efforts and related activities done since the project started.
The team visited different sites and interacted with development agents, the gender focal person of the zone and male and female farmers engaged in fruit grafting and large ruminant fattening. The team also visited the Malima Beri vegetable market where 75 women are organized into a marketing group by the small and micro enterprise office and district cooperative office of Dugda district. The group sells tomatoes and onions alongside the highway. Currently LIVES is looking at options to construct proper vegetable sheds for this marketing group.
Contributed by Ephrem Tesema