By Ephrem Tesema
Ethiopia recently rolled out its second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) which, among other goals seeks to increase livestock and fisheries production, productivity and increase market access for livestock and livestock products in targeted areas with increased participation of women and youth.
The process of increasing women and youth participation in the livestock value chain will require institutional innovation and the development of new skills and capacities at different levels in the country.
The Women and Youth Directorate of the Ethiopian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) recently (3-5 August 2016) held a training in Adama on ‘gender in livestock value chain development for 48 of which 15 female participants drawn from the ministry, regional coordinators from the bureau of livestock and fisheries, veterinarians and focal persons from women and youth affairs offices.
The training provided new skills on the methods and approaches of developing market-oriented women and youth-inclusive livestock and fisheries value chains to participants who are expected to cascaded skills gained to extension and development agents located at different (lower) levels.
The trainees visited the Livestock and Irrigation Value chain for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project intervention sites in Lume District of East Shoa Zone in Oromia to learn about the practical use of livestock technologies adopted by smallholders (including young women) engaged in improved dairying, large ruminant fattening, poultry, livestock feed production and marketing.
In his closing remarks, H.E. Ato Sileshi Getahun, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries said that women and youth inclusive livestock value chain development is now a government priority in line with GTP II. He said the government is looking to partner with projects such as LIVES in implementing the national development plan.
The three-day training was facilitated by a team from the LIVES, MoLF and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
For the full training report click here