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

Animal Feeding / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Research / Tigray / Value Chains

Feed resources availability, utilization and marketing in central and eastern Tigray, northern Ethiopia

This survey explored the situation of different feed resources for ruminant livestock in two zones (central and eastern) in Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. These two zones account for the region’s 12% of the total land mass, 23% of the human population, 28% of the cattle population, and 56% of the small ruminant population. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / SNNPR

Transhumant livestock production: Implications for market oriented livestock farming in Sidama highlands of Ethiopia

Transhumance livestock production is extensive, and has little market orientation. Households engaged in the production system own large numbers of indigenous livestock compared to sedentary producers. 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

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 / 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