ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Ethiopia / Extension / LIVES / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Partners / Value Chains / Water / Women / Youth

Enhancing gender and youth -inclusive livestock value chain development in Ethiopia

LIVES recently (3-5 August 2016) facilitated a ‘gender in livestock value chain development training’ led by the Women and Youth Directorate of the Ethiopian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / LIVES / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Oromia / Women

Women reap benefits from dairy: Lomi Kordofa’s story

Lomi Kordofa is a small-scale farmer at the Illu Aga peasant association in Ejere District of West Shoa Zone in Ethiopia. Ten years ago, she started keeping dairy cows with training support from a local non-governmental organization. Continue reading

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 / Apiculture / ASSP / Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVES / Observations / Tigray / Women

Familiarizing smallholder beekeepers with ‘Ethio ribrab’ beehives

Beekeeping is an important traditional practice in most parts of Ethiopia. With an estimated 10 million beehive colonies half of which are kept in traditional and improved hives, Ethiopia ranks first in Africa and fourth in the world in honey and beeswax production. Traditional hives made from mud and wooden logs are by far the most pervasive accounting for more than 97% while improved hives account for only 2% of beehives in the country. 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

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / Dairying / DFATD / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / LIVES / Livestock / Observations / Oromia / Value Chains / Women

Finding inner strength and hope: Livestock business empowers Ethiopian couple

This story is about a couple, Bizunesh Abu (30) and Wendu Gutema (40), living in Mojo town, Oromia who started dairy farming and fattening of bulls calves after attending a short-term training on business entrepreneurship. Continue reading