Agriculture / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Irrigation / IWMI / LIVES / Tigray / Water

LIVES irrigation management and value chain development training held in Tigray

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) Project recently conducted a training on irrigation scheme management for farmers and agricultural experts in the Mehtsab Azmati Irrigation Scheme in Rama, Tigray. 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 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

Building capacity in Ethiopian value chain actors
Amhara / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / Countries / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / SNNPR / Subregions / Tigray

Building capacity in Ethiopian value chain actors

Market-oriented development is a relatively new strategy in Ethiopia and a lot of work is needed to help transform the country’s agricultural sector. As part of this process, the LIVES project team has undertaken to strengthen innovation and learning capacity of value chain actors. ILRI capacity development brief 7, Capacity development in the LIVES Ethiopia project, examines three aspects of this issue in Ethiopia: training and coaching value chain actors and service providers; LIVES capacity development scaling out strategy; and capacity development of public sector staff. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / ASSP / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Feeds / ILRI / IWMI / LIVES / Livestock / Markets / Oromia / Research / SNNPR / Tigray / Value Chains

LIVES technologies at the 2nd Africa-wide agriculture extension week in Addis Ababa

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is showcasing its value chain development interventions and project outcomes at this week’s (12-16 October 2015) 2nd Africa-wide Agriculture Extension Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Continue reading

Agriculture / Amhara / ASSP / Crops / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Irrigation / LIVES / Livestock / Oromia / Partners / Research / SNNPR / Tigray

LIVES and partners to launch new collaborative action research projects in Ethiopia

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project and agricultural research partners in Ethiopia have finalized plans for 50 new collaborative action research projects in the country. Continue reading