Agriculture / Amhara / ASSP / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Fruit / ILRI / Irrigation / LIVES / Livestock / Observations

Banana production expands in Lay Armacheho District

Lay Armacheho District was one of the potential districts identified through the suitability map for banana production in North Gondar zone. The LIVES project introduced and demonstrated the performance of an improved banana variety with recommended management practices on the farms of 10 intervention households in Musie Bamb Kebele in the district. 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 / Amhara / Animal Feeding / ASSP / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / Irrigation / LIVES / Markets / Observations / Value Chains / Water

LIVES links Rhodes grass seed producers and traders at Koga irrigation scheme

Koga irrigation scheme is one of the few largest irrigation schemes in Ethiopia that are managed by smallholder farmers. The LIVES project supports Rhodes grass producers and seed traders at the Koga irrigation scheme by mentoring and demonstrating propagation methods, production practices, seed harvesting, processing and handling practices. 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

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 / ASSP / DFATD / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Observations / Oromia / Value Chains

Stimulating the use of farmer training centres in Oromia

Farmer training centres (FTCs) have been designed and used to improve agricultural extension services delivery in many developing countries. Ethiopia is promoting the FTC approach with the hope of improving the reach and effectiveness of agricultural extension and the participation of farmers in technology development. Continue reading