Animal Production / ASSP / Credit / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Factors determining household allocation of credit to livestock production in Ethiopia

Access to credit is often viewed as a key to transforming semi-subsistence smallholder farmers into market-oriented producers. However, only a few studies have examined the factors that affect farmers’ decisions to allocate credit to farm activities in general and livestock production in particular. This working paper employs a trivariate probit model with double selection to … Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Animal Production / ASSP / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Small ruminants

Genetic-phenotypic and production-system diversity in goat populations in Ethiopia

This working paper synthesizes and analyses the genetic, morphological and production system characteristics of five indigenous goat populations of Ethiopia, namely Ambo, Gondar, Woyto-Guji, Arsi-Bale Highland and Arsi-Bale lowland goats. Continue reading

Animal Production / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Smallholder dairy farming systems in the highlands of Ethiopia: System-specific constraints and options

This working paper identified characteristic features of smallholder dairy farming in the highlands of Ethiopia, reclassifies sample farmers to the highland dairy farming systems with quantitative data and statistical analysis, and identifies system-specific constraints and leverage points for developing the dairy value chain. Continue reading

Animal Production / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Transforming traditional smallholder cow milk production systems in Ethiopia: Ex-ante evaluation

This working paper presents an analytical and empirical modelling framework which integrates dairy cattle herd growth and economic model for simulating milk production in traditional dairy cattle production systems in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Animal Production / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Oromia / Value Chains / Water

Cattle fatteners in Oromia earn more after adopting improved husbandry practices

This year (2016), Alemu Defersha has fattened 42 animals and sold them in the Kera livestock market in Addis Ababa, making a profit of 4,093 (USD 185) per animal. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Animal Production / Apiculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Value Chains / Water

Training and coaching boosts small farm businesses in West Shoa: Haile Adugna’s story   

The LIVES project has used action planning to ensure that learning gained from skills-based training is implemented in the workplace/farms. The action plans developed by farmers and development agents are used as the basis for follow-up and providing coaching and mentoring support. Continue reading

Amhara / Animal Production / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Value Chains / Water

Cattle fattening fairs demonstrate a market-oriented extension method in Amhara

Population growth, expansion of farming lands and changing farming systems have led to many Ethiopian farmers adopting intensive livestock keeping practices. In the Amhara Region, dairy and cattle fattening practices are increasingly embraced by farmers. LIVES has piloted cattle fattening fairs in the region to help empower cattle fatteners with the information they need to make informed market choices.
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Animal Breeding / ASSP / Cattle / Ethiopia / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Research / SNNPR / Water

Cattle pregnancy diagnosis technologies tested in smallholder farms

Two action research activities are underway in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples states to further evaluate the performance of Bovipreg®. The next step will be to promote the technology with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and livestock technology businesses to introduce it at larger scale. Continue reading

Animal Production / ASSP / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small ruminants

Integrated bio-economic simulation model for sheep production: Ex-ante evaluation of investment opportunities in Ethiopia

This working paper develops and applies an analytical and empirical modelling framework which integrates a sheep flock growth model with and economic model for simulating sheep meat and milk production for ex-ante assessment of the financial profitability of investment interventions to improve sheep production in mixed crop–livestock and agro-pastoral and pastoral production systems in Ethiopia. Continue reading