Fufa Keneni lives in Reji Mekoda peasant association (PA) of Ada’a Berga District of Oromia region. He is engaged in apiculture and dairy production. His apiculture experience dates back to some 15 years.
As part of its effort to mechanize smallholder dairy production in Ethiopia, the LIVES project recently introduced hand-operated milking machines and cow mats for use by dairy farmers in the country.
The LIVES project demonstrated intercropping of improved fodder species with fruits in Sidama and Gamo Gofa zones. Intercropping of fruits with short maturing crops such as vegetables and leguminous fodder species enables fruit producers to get multiple benefits such as incurring additional income from fodder and vegetables; improving soil fertility from leguminous fodder and enhancing the water productivity (yield per unit of water consumed).
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.
This poster, prepared for the ILRI@40 series of events, gives an overview of Ethiopia’s dairy value chain based on findings from a recent working paper by the LIVES project.