Animal production / ASSP / Credit / CRP37 / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock

Factors determining household allocation of credit to livestock production in Ethiopia

Access to credit is often viewed as a key to transforming semi-subsistence smallholder farmers into market-oriented producers. However, only a few studies have examined the factors that affect farmers’ decisions to allocate credit to farm activities in general and livestock production in particular. This working paper employs a trivariate probit model with double selection to … Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Animal production / ASSP / CRP37 / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Small ruminants

Genetic-phenotypic and production-system diversity in goat populations in Ethiopia

This working paper synthesizes and analyses the genetic, morphological and production system characteristics of five indigenous goat populations of Ethiopia, namely Ambo, Gondar, Woyto-Guji, Arsi-Bale Highland and Arsi-Bale lowland goats. Continue reading

Animal production / ASSP / Cattle / CRP37 / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock

Smallholder dairy farming systems in the highlands of Ethiopia: System-specific constraints and options

This working paper identified characteristic features of smallholder dairy farming in the highlands of Ethiopia, reclassifies sample farmers to the highland dairy farming systems with quantitative data and statistical analysis, and identifies system-specific constraints and leverage points for developing the dairy value chain. Continue reading

Animal production / ASSP / Cattle / CRP37 / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock

Transforming traditional smallholder cow milk production systems in Ethiopia: Ex-ante evaluation

This working paper presents an analytical and empirical modelling framework which integrates dairy cattle herd growth and economic model for simulating milk production in traditional dairy cattle production systems in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Animal production / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / CRP37 / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / 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

Amhara / Animal production / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / CRP37 / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / Value Chains / Water

Cattle fattening fairs demonstrate a market-oriented extension method in Amhara

Population growth, expansion of farming lands and changing farming systems have led to many Ethiopian farmers adopting intensive livestock keeping practices. In the Amhara Region, dairy and cattle fattening practices are increasingly embraced by farmers. LIVES has piloted cattle fattening fairs in the region to help empower cattle fatteners with the information they need to make informed market choices.
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