Involving youth in future agriculture will require a drastic change from the present extension system.
The Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is in a position to support the scaling out of the interventions across the project areas.
To promote value chain thinking in Ethiopia, the LIVES project is using coaching and mentoring combined with training, demonstration and study tours to facilitate knowledge sharing and skills transfer among actors along livestock and crop value chains. Ejigu Tefera, a farmer in Kersa District, Jimma zone, is a key local resource person who trains and coaches producers and development agents on seeds, seedling production and grafting techniques.
Tadele Gobeze is a young entrepreneur engaged in the supply of fruit seedlings in Mecha district of the Amhara Region with the support of the LIVES project.
Better harvesting tools and post-harvest handling processes introduced by the LIVES project have improved smallholder mango production in Gamo Gofa zone of Ethiopia.
The LIVES project is training smallholder farmers in Jimma zone, Oromia on grafting and management of improved avocado seedlings. Ijigu Tefera has grafted and raised more than 1000 improved avocado seedlings. He earned USD 1,250 from the first batch of seedlings he sold.
Lay Armacheho District was one of the potential districts identified through the suitability map for banana production in North Gondar zone. The LIVES project introduced and demonstrated the performance of an improved banana variety with recommended management practices on the farms of 10 intervention households in Musie Bamb Kebele in the district.