Animal Feeding / Animal Production / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Value Chains / Water

Training and coaching boosts small farm businesses in West Shoa: Haile Adugna’s story   

The LIVES project has used action planning to ensure that learning gained from skills-based training is implemented in the workplace/farms. The action plans developed by farmers and development agents are used as the basis for follow-up and providing coaching and mentoring support. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Dairying / Ethiopia / Feeds / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / Water

Farmer-to-farmer knowledge and skills dissemination in Ada’a Berga district: Fufa Keneni’s story

Fufa Keneni lives in Reji Mekoda peasant association (PA) of Ada’a Berga District of Oromia region. He is engaged in apiculture and dairy production. His apiculture experience dates back to some 15 years. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Women

Women reap benefits from dairy: Lomi Kordofa’s story

Lomi Kordofa is a small-scale farmer at the Illu Aga peasant association in Ejere District of West Shoa Zone in Ethiopia. Ten years ago, she started keeping dairy cows with training support from a local non-governmental organization. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / Ethiopia / Extension / Feeds / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH

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 / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / 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

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / DFATD / Ethiopia / Forages / ILRI / LIVES / Tigray

Scaling out fertilizer application in communal grazing areas in Tigray—is it a blue print approach?

The establishment of enclosures in communal grazing areas is widely adopted in several sites in Tigra. The LIVES project is currently supporting the use of urea top dressing technologies for fodder cultivation in enclosures in intervention districts in eastern and central zones of Tigray region. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Research / Tigray / Value Chains

Feed resources availability, utilization and marketing in central and eastern Tigray, northern Ethiopia

This survey explored the situation of different feed resources for ruminant livestock in two zones (central and eastern) in Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. These two zones account for the region’s 12% of the total land mass, 23% of the human population, 28% of the cattle population, and 56% of the small ruminant population. Continue reading