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.
Research has highlighted the crucial importance of the contribution of women to agricultural value chain development and governance in Ethiopia, according to scientists from the LIVES project.
This study focuses on the impact of motor pump-based smallholder irrigation in input use and production as compared to rainfed production systems and investigates the financial viability of such investments.
This working paper by the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) Project and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) presents results from an analysis of the profitability of selected irrigated commodities and farmers’ risk perception in Ethiopia.
The LIVES project in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has commenced the demonstration of solar water pumps with pilot households in Oromia and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) regions.
Interventions by the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) Project are now enabling Ethiopian farmers better maintain their irrigation water pumps to improve their food production and food security.
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.