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

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Products / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Crops / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Irrigation / IWMI / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / SNNPR / Tigray / Value Chains

In brief: A collaborative action research proposal writing workshop conducted by LIVES

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project conducted a Collaborative Action Research Proposal Writing Workshop from 15-17 June 2015 at the ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa. Dr. Siboniso Moyo, Program Leader for Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) and Director General’s Representative in Ethiopia officially opened the workshop. Thirty-five researchers from the … Continue reading

Agriculture / Apiculture / ASSP / Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Observations / Tigray / Women

Familiarizing smallholder beekeepers with ‘Ethio ribrab’ beehives

Beekeeping is an important traditional practice in most parts of Ethiopia. With an estimated 10 million beehive colonies half of which are kept in traditional and improved hives, Ethiopia ranks first in Africa and fourth in the world in honey and beeswax production. Traditional hives made from mud and wooden logs are by far the most pervasive accounting for more than 97% while improved hives account for only 2% of beehives in the country. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Animal Products / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Honey / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / Observations / Oromia / Value Chains

The need for new livestock technologies: Fufa Keneni’s challenges with his dairy farm in Ada Berga district, West Shoa

In February 2015, the Oromia Region Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project implementation committee carried out a field visit in West Shoa zone. The objective of the visit was to gain better insight of what’s on the ground so that feasible activities can be planned for the following project year. Continue reading