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

Agriculture / Apiculture / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / Gender / Honey / ILRI / LIVES / Observations / Tigray / Value Chains / Women

Making a living from mobile beekeeping in Tigray: Mileat Gebrehiwot’s story

Mileat Gebrehiwot is one of the beekeepers technically supported by the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project and is a member of a local beekeeping platform. We wanted to explore further the mystery of her success in beekeeping that could be of lesson to other beekeepers in the country. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Apiculture / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / Ethiopia / Forages / Fruit / Honey / ILRI / Irrigation / Knowledge and Information / Livestock / Oromia / Poultry / Value Chains / Vegetables

An East Shoa farmer’s example of multifunctional agriculture for livelihood diversification

In Dugda District of Oromia Region’s East Shoa Zone, Teklemariam Simie, a 79 year-old farmer is engaging in what may be considered an emerging version of multifunctional agriculture. Continue reading

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LIVES introduces new technologies to boost Ethiopia’s smallholder livestock production

LIVES has introduced new feeding, breeding and milk production technologies to boost smallholder livestock production in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Apiculture / ASSP / Honey / Oromia

Beekeeping as a family business: A case from Jimma Zone in Ethiopia

The beekeeping sector in LIVES project intervention zones/districts in the SNNPR and Oromia Regions suffers from shortage of inputs; specifically accessories such as molding cast, honey extractor, queen excluder, honey sifting tools, smoker, etc. But in few cases there are some households who have achieved a lot despite of the mentioned challenges. The family of Abajihad Ababulgu, in Tikur Balto kebele of Kersa district, Jimma zone is one of them. Continue reading