Agriculture / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / IWMI / LIVES / Tigray / Water

LIVES irrigation management and value chain development training held in Tigray

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Value Chains

Training and study tour widens adoption of livestock production technologies by farmers in Jimma zone

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Value Chains / Water

Bridging the knowledge and skills gaps: lessons from LIVES capacity development approaches

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. Continue reading

Capacity development for market-oriented agricultural development
Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Water

Capacity development for market-oriented agricultural development

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / Ethiopia / Extension / Feeds / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Evaluating viability and benefits of small-scale feed chopper businesses in Ethiopia

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Forages / LIVES / Livestock / Women

Forage seed businesses increase women farmers’ incomes

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / DFATD / Ethiopia / Forages / ILRI / LIVES / Tigray

Scaling out fertilizer application in communal grazing areas in Tigray—is it a blue print approach?

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. Continue reading