Animal Production / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

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 / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

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 Production / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Oromia / Value Chains / Water

Cattle fatteners in Oromia earn more after adopting improved husbandry practices

This year (2016), Alemu Defersha has fattened 42 animals and sold them in the Kera livestock market in Addis Ababa, making a profit of 4,093 (USD 185) per animal. Continue reading

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

Amhara / Animal Production / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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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Animal Breeding / ASSP / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Research / SNNPR / Water

Cattle pregnancy diagnosis technologies tested in smallholder farms

Two action research activities are underway in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples states to further evaluate the performance of Bovipreg®. The next step will be to promote the technology with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and livestock technology businesses to introduce it at larger scale. Continue reading

Animal Production / ASSP / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SNNPR

Participatory evaluation of cattle fattening innovations of smallholder farmers in Gamo Gofa, southern Ethiopia

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, shares key results of a study that evaluated the challenges and constraints, and cattle fattening innovations introduced through stakeholders participation in Gamo Gofa. Continue reading