This article shares lessons from the implementation of LIVES project interventions aimed at increasing access to input/service supply and market opportunities for value chain actors in Ethiopia.
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) Project recently conducted a training on irrigation scheme management for farmers and agricultural experts in the Mehtsab Azmati Irrigation Scheme in Rama, Tigray.
Apiculture is one of the new ventures introduced by the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for the Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project in South Wollo, Amhara Region.
Using a value chain development approach, the LIVES project has implemented various interventions using the pillars of knowledge management and promotion.
combined knowledge sharing program, that included a study tour, skill-based training and livestock technology demonstration, was recently organized by staff of the LIVES project and the Jimma Zone livestock and fishery development offices to raise the profile of livestock farming in Jimma.
Throughout its activities in Ethiopia, the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project has used participatory processes to design capacity development interventions that assess the knowledge and skills gaps in value chain actors and service providers.
Capacity development plays a critical enabling role in facilitating the adoption and scaling out of value chain development interventions and approaches by addressing attitudinal, knowledge and skills gaps in value chain actors, service providers and value chain supporters.
Motorized feed choppers introduced by the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project are helping the country’s livestock farmers better utilize available feed resources to increase milk production.
About a year ago (August 2015), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-led Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project in collaboration with the ILRI/GIZ FeedSeed Project organized a training on forage seed production and marketing for 21 female smallholders and five forage experts.
The establishment of enclosures in communal grazing areas is widely adopted in several sites in Tigra. The LIVES project is currently supporting the use of urea top dressing technologies for fodder cultivation in enclosures in intervention districts in eastern and central zones of Tigray region.