Agriculture / Animal Products / Dairying / Ethiopia / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Tigray / Value Chains

Tigray survey shows milk shops key in market-oriented dairy development

The LIVES project team carried out a survey of 10 dairy products shops across four towns (Axum, Adigrat, Firewoiny and Wukro) in Tigray region to assess their business practices and their contribution to the dairy value chain in the region. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Products / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Crops / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Irrigation / IWMI / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / SNNPR / Tigray / Value Chains

In brief: A collaborative action research proposal writing workshop conducted by LIVES

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project conducted a Collaborative Action Research Proposal Writing Workshop from 15-17 June 2015 at the ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa. Dr. Siboniso Moyo, Program Leader for Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) and Director General’s Representative in Ethiopia officially opened the workshop. Thirty-five researchers from the … Continue reading

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In brief: LIVES conducted fourth project steering committee meeting

The 4th meeting of the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders Project (LIVES) Steering Committee was held on 12 June 2015 at the ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa. The meeting was chaired by Siboniso Moyo, program leader for Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) and director general’s representative in Ethiopia. Participants of the meeting … Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Animal Products / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Dairying / Ethiopia / ILRI

Intercropping irrigated alfalfa with fruit trees boost smallholders’ income in Sidama

The LIVES project demonstrated intercropping of improved fodder species with fruits in Sidama and Gamo Gofa zones. Intercropping of fruits with short maturing crops such as vegetables and leguminous fodder species enables fruit producers to get multiple benefits such as incurring additional income from fodder and vegetables; improving soil fertility from leguminous fodder and enhancing the water productivity (yield per unit of water consumed). Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / Animal Products / ASSP / Dairying / Ethiopia / Forages / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / SNNPR / Tigray

LIVES working paper on improving efficiency and productivity of Ethiopia’s dairy sector

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian smallholders (LIVES) project has published its third working paper on the sources of technical inefficiency of smallholder dairy farmers in the highlands of Ethiopia. Continue reading

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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