Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey Data Lunching Workshop: Feb. 22, 2017_ Dereje L.
Eth Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture _ Ephrem Tesema_ Dec 29th
Managing for Gender Equality Results _Ephreme tesema - Dec 2 , 2015
Event Report for EEA agricultural transformation workshop_ Kaleb Shiferaw_ Dec 29th
Forage & Forage Seed Industry Development National Consultation Workshop & Concept Note: November 30, 2015, Dereje L.

Batu/Ziway Agribusiness Finance Fair: March 27 - 28, 2015, Dereje L.

Agri-Pro-Focus_Annual Network day_Dec4,2014_Ephrem

Field day_ Forage and forage seed produciton_Meki Nov 4 2014_ Amare

Meeting with Oromia Credit & Saving S.C. (OCSSCO): Oct, 2014, Dereje L.

CASCAPE and Agri-Hub on Gender _Oct24, Ephrem and Impressions of Gender workshop

ECCO learning session_ AGP_AMDE value chain good practices_ Oct 22_14- Solomon and Dereje L.

KIT( royal tropical institute) on gender and capacity development_ Oct14_14_ Berhanu and Ephrem

EU Delegations visit ILRI_LIVES approach and activity presented_oct 8-2014_ Amare

Gender innovative working group session_july 17 2014_ Ephrem

Bishoftu Agribusiness Finance Fair July 15-16, 2014, Pictures from the fair Dereje L.

ICRISAT stakeholder meeting_june 18 2014_Abule

25th Honey Value chain national mulitistakholder meeting June 12-13 2014_Abule

Building Resiliance for food and nutrition security May14-15, 2014_Fanos

Mapthon- Mapping CGIAR projects in Ethiopia_May 13_ Yasin

Api-Expo- Ethiopia, May 9 2014, Fanos

Agri-hub_Gender working group_April 29, 2014_Ephrem

FeedSeed Project Launching Lunch April 4, 2014 Dereje L.

FSRE Fund Linking and Learning Workshop: April, 2014, Dereje L.

Blogging for impact workshop March 18, 2014

Agri-business Finance Fair in Hawassa, March 01 & 02, 2014:Dereje L.

N2 Africa project launch_Feb 27.2014_Ephrem

Ethiopian Dairy Genetics Platform Meeting_Feb 19-20-2014_Yoseph M

Learning from innovation platforms in CGIAR February 26 2014

A Capacity Building Session for Implementation of Agribusiness and VC Dev. for universities in Ethiopia, February 19, 2014

Sharing Experiences on video-based ICT for rural development in Ethiopia: The Digital Green approach in Ethiopia, Feb 7 2014


Meeting with M-birr, First mobile money service in Ethiopia, Feb 3, 2014


Quarterly meeting of partners of AGP/LMD & GRAD January 21, 2014, Hawassa

Community based sheep breeding in Atsbi

Participant
Yayneshet Tesfay
Date
October 7-8, 2013
Venue
Atsbi and Mekelle (TARI)
No of participants
10
LIVES contribution
Technical backstopping, coordination, and supervision
Background
Community based animal breeding is pioneered by ICARDA’s researchers and has been successfully demonstrated to smallholder sheep farmers in Southern Ethiopia. The need to test this approach in Atsbi district of Tigray region has long been felt both by ICARDA and the former IMPS project.
Points of interest/follow up
Formalizing the collaboration among the partners (ICARDA/ILRI, LIVES/ILRI, TARI and the District Office of Agriculture.

Establishing farmer groups for sharing rams
Event

Capacity development for livestock researchers

Participant
Yayneshet Tesfay
Date
September 11 & 13, 2013
Venue
Tigray Agricultural Research Institute, Mekelle Research Center
No of participants
30-40
LIVES contribution
Trainer
Background
TARI is playing a lead role in carrying out agricultural research in the regional state of Tigray. Each year, young researchers who are their early career join TARI. TARI management identified on job training on various agricultural research issues. As part of this capacity development needs, the LIVES project in Tigray was requested to contribute to two identified needs: Research methodology and grazing land management.
Points of interest/follow up
Further capacity development need identification at TARI’s outreach centers where LIVES is operating

Continued collaboration on selected livestock commodities
Event

Zonal poultry and bee resource improvement conference

Participant
Mesfin Tefera
Date
August 1,2013
Venue
South Wello administration hall
No of participants
500 : People from 22 districts of South Wello (administrators, agriculture offices, government and private enterprises and civil societies).
LIVES contribution
Indicated additional opportunities in working together as a partner particularly on livestock and irrigation value chain. Then the contribution will be capacity development in selected value chain at zonal level.
Background
Zonal agriculture livestock sector has introduced the existing situation of managements of bee hives for the last decades. Despite the efforts, apiculture is not expanding. The number of bee hive, which is mainly traditional, is small in number in all South Wello districts.

Area under irrigation is expanding and hence use of agro chemicals is increasing. Queen splitting techniques, the skill of development workers in apiculture, lack of improved technologies and use of agrochemical’s, pests and diseases, shortage of bee colonies were among others.
To this effect manuals were produced and distributed to participants. Action plan prepared for each districts and major stakeholders identified.
Points of interest/follow up
Opportunities, constraints and zone potentials explained by zone SMS and conference facilitators which need to be considered by LIVES for further implementation, partnership and documentation.
Queen rearing, trainings on apiculture, experience sharings
Event

A Glimmer of Hope – Meeting on the Credit Proposal

Participant
ILRI/LIVES : Dr. Gebremedhin, Dr. Berhanu, Dirk & Dereje
A Glimmer of Hope: Gebrehiwot, Bejiga, Brian & Alexy
Date
October 09, 2013 (04:00 PM – 06:00 PM )
Venue
Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa
No of participants
Eight (8) One Female, 7 male
LIVES contribution
  • Commented on the content of the proposal & shared the IPMS experiences.
  • Explained the LIVES project and our Value Chain approach.
  • Clearly tell LIVES will not be responsible /hand on the credit rather it’s A Glimmer of Hope Foundation fully responsible & handle.
LIVES will support & engaged in the proposal development, assessment on the best modality (DECSI Vs Union/Cooperative), assess feasibility of the business, linkage with funding source, capacity development, technical assistance & follow up.
Background
A Glimmer of Hope Foundation (Glimmer) have an integrated community based development approach in which they cluster some Tabias/Kebelles and investment in social (WASH) and productive interventions (microfinance) to beneficiaries in those geographical areas.
Dr. Yayneshet and Dr. Gebremedhin redesign & develop a credit proposal in line with ILRI/LIVES Project & Glimmer interest under the title: “Integrating credit and capacity development with high value livestock and irrigated crops to improve income of smallholder farmers, Laelay Maitchew district, northern Ethiopia”.
The proposal is drafted based on the previous ‘A Glimmer of Hope Foundation’ initiated proposal and in close consultation with Glimmer Country Director, Mr. Gebrehiwot Abebe.
Comments given from ILRI/LIVES (Dirk & Dereje) to enrich the drafted proposal. At the same time discussion made with Tigray Regional Team.
Mr. Gebrehiwot also discussed with the Glimmer team in Texas on the proposal details.
So, today’s meeting was arranged to discuss on how best we (ILRI/LIVES & A Glimmer of Hope Foundation) can cooperate to get the best out of the credit & capacity development proposal and clearly define the partnership (roll & responsibilities).
Points of interest/follow up
The Next Action will be:
  • Joint assessment on the best modality (DECSI Vs Union/Cooperative): that will include, among others, capacity of handling the fund, flexibility on loan terms and conditions, finance innovative ideas/interventions, develop new products (based on the clients need), capacity development, follow up & reporting.
  • Join work on feasibility of the business identified (as per the proposal).Here we might involve DECSI OR the Unions as needed.
  • Work on the proposal as per the comments.
  • The proposal expected to be:
- Finalized & funded end of December, 2013.
- The credit program will started in January, 2014.
  • Try to support the ADWA dairy business or District, Zonal level input/service providers with credit would be outside Glimmer scope.
  • Propose to have 3 clusters, one in each of the 3 Districts of Central Zone – rather than only one in Laelay Maitchew (if they are prepared to put in 500.000, the money should be sufficient to finance the 3 clusters – assuming that some of the activities proposed can in fact be financed from regular credit). We can than pilot credit and other interventions in each of these 3 village/community clusters. At the same time we can superimpose our Zonal District interventions with these village/community clusters.
  • Propose potential & new interventions (not yet included in the proposal so far):
- Livestock insurance operated by DECSI.
Roof water harvesting for human and livestock water consumption.


Event

Agri-Hub Ethiopia Finance Fair 2014: Partners Meeting

Participant
Dereje Legesse, ILRI/LIVES
Date
October 1, 2013 (Half Day)
Venue
Harmony Hotel, Addis Ababa
No of participants
Around 20 participants. They were from Banks (Public & Private), Microfinance Institutions, and INGOs.
IPMS/LIVES contribution
  • Attend & present what I did when I was at Agri-Hub Ethiopia.
Contribute some on the discussion.
Background
Agri-ProFocus (APF) is a network of Dutch companies, Banks, NGOs and Academic Institutions working in agriculture at global level. In Africa it is working in ELEVEN countries via ‘Agri-hubs’. Agri-Hub Ethiopia (AHE) is one.
AHE is working on a range of themes for agricultural development, and one of the working areas is access to finance in agriculture.
AHE organized Four (4) Finance Fairs in the year 2012 & 2013:
  • 2012: Jimma & Hawassa.
  • 2013: Bahir Dar & Mekelle.
  • 2014: plan to organize 4-5 Finance Fairs.
USAID/AGP-AMDe and Bunna International Bank partnership also taken as a Success Case. That happened after attending the past Finance Fairs. Mr. Tadesse Chinkil (Bunna International Bank V/President & Credit Department Manager) explained the process/how the partnership starts after attending their first Finance Fair in Hawassa.
About the Finance Fair:http://apf-ethiopia.ning.com/group/finance-fair


About APF: http://agri-profocus.nl/


About AHE:http://apf-ethiopia.ning.com/
Points of interest/follow up
There are a number of working groups functioning. Access to Finance working group is the one organized this meeting.Proposed Action: LIVES Agribusiness Expert continues attending the platform to share LIVES knowledge and learn from others.
Follow closely when & where the next Finance Fair will take place, and participate.
Proposed Action: LIVES should contribute some and take part in the next Finance Fair. That will give us a good opportunity to link our Agribusinesses with both financial & non-financial service providers, apart from sharing LIVES experience & knowledge.
What we learn from them??
production, processing and marketing needed to foster a broad based agricultural growth?” I think this is what we are trying to address through LIVES.
More detail, the idea of the Agri-business Finance Fair is to increase the uptake and quality of Agricultural Finance for individual and/or organized Farmer Entrepreneurs, Producer Organizations, Rural SMEs and Agribusinesses.
Their concept . . . Banks/MFIs have for long considered farmers, agricultural cooperatives and rural SMEs as being not bankable because they lacked the organization and professionalism. For those that do have a valid business case, it was often impossible to get access to financial services because Banks/MFIs had little or no means of understanding and managing the risk related to agriculture.
They tried to address by:
1. Connecting both Demand & Supply sides, so that both can understand each other’s businesses and know how each one operates. This will trigger business relationship, collaboration & partnership.
- Farmers got the opportunity to meet & discuss different stakeholders that offer financial & non-financial products/ services.
- Farmers got the right information on the type of products & services offered & conditions on accessing.
- Financial & Non-financial service providers also know the needs of the farmers.
2. Creating a market place where farmers look at the services & products financial service providers (SACCOs, MFIs, Banks, and Insurances), equipment suppliers, other farmer organizations and capacity builders. This also creates a good opportunity to acquire new clients and knowledge in the Agriculture sector.
3. Arranging a parallel sessions where stakeholders discuss the opportunities and constraints of providing financial services to Farmers, Producer Organizations, Rural SMEs and Agribusinesses. It will enhance a chance for discussions on system constraints with the financers, capacity builders & policy makers as well.
As discussed on the event, there is a lot room to make the event more focused to the best of our project areas and selected commodities.
Event

Gender Equality Mainstreaming Experiences in CIDA Projects

Participant
Ephrem Tesema
Date
14/6/2013
Venue
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Canada Cooperation Office(ECCO)
No. of participants
8 male and 10 female
ILRI/LIVES contribution
Participation during the discussion and sharing Lives current gender mainstreaming processes
Background
CIDA has prior experience of organizing session on gender mainstreaming for its partners. The objective of this meeting was to share experiences and gain knowledge to achieve better gender mainstreaming results in the future. During the discussion “a presentation on CIDA’s expectations from The Gender Equality advisor and two more presentation from MEDA Ethiopia and Benishangul Gumuz Food Security and Economic Growth Project were presented. Participants discuss various gender mainstreaming related issues on the basis of the presentations and also from experiences each has encountered in their respective projects. To add stimulation to LIVES team in its current gender mainstreaming efforts, “couples (Husband and wife) training” approaches which was pioneered by ILRI/IPMS project is currently at use in weaving and rice value chain projects implemented by MEDA Ethiopia in Amhara and SNNP Regional states respectively. This approach is replicated by Rebika Ameha a former staff of ILRI/IPMS who is presently managing the Gender and M&E section of MEDA Ethiopia's project.
Points of interest/follow
up
CIDA still needs a lot of commitments and better quality work from partners who are beneficiaries of its funding with the commitment of mainstreaming gender in all project activities. For those projects who are working on gender sensitive research and development work, the involvement of female and male in the rural areas has become one of the outstanding issues of interest among partners. Collecting gender disaggregated qualitative and quantitative information and reflecting it on periodically submitted reports is also raised as a point of advice by the CIDA team. Project that mainstream gender in their intervention can present a separate report on gender or they can also prepare a report contains gender intervention results in an integrated manner.
Event

AGP's Consultative meeting and experience sharing on Gender

Participant
Ephrem Tesema
Date
30/5/2013
Venue
Debrezeit, Lisak Hotel
No of participants
15 Female and 34 male
ILRI/LIVES contribution
Experience shared on both IPMS and LIVES Gender in Value chain development and research planning, opportunities, challenges and lessons learnt. Sharing of IPMS publications on Gender, crop and livestock value chains and the LIVES brochure. LIVES Presentation and involvement took place on the final day of the workshop (30th of May, 2013.
Background
Ministry of agriculture Women’s Affairs Directorate and AGP jointly plan and monitor gender mainstreaming activities within the AGP project activities in selected districts in Amhara Tigrai, Oromia and SNNP Regional States. Periodically they organize a consultative meeting where district AGP coordinators, Regional Gender Experts, Regional Cooperative Office Gender focal persons rendezvous and share experiences and monitor project progress. Partner organizations also are
invited to share experiences on Gender and Value chain development intervention. In the present experiences, LIVES, ATA and Legal Unit of the Ministry of agricultural share experiences on topics related to gender and agricultural development.
Points of interest/follow up
AS key partner to LIVES, Ministry of agriculture, Women Affairs Directorate and AGP could share the lessons learnt not only on Gender in value chain development but also on opportunities and challenges related to AGP project implementation, commodity/value chain development, group formation (Common Interest Group, Innovation Group) and on collaboration with LIVES and other partners on target areas where we make convergence.
Event

Briefing LIVES to students of Iowa state university

Participant
Dirk Hoekstra , Fanos Mekonnen
Date
29/05/2013 (morning from 90.00 – 10.00)
Venue
Addis Abeba – ILRI campus
No of participants
18 of which 15 women – 13 students, 2 supervisors from Iowa state university plus LIVES and ILRI- CApDev colleagues. Students were under graduate students in animal scince and agricultural education hoping to pursue their carrer in agri business, veterinary or productionist.
LIVES contribution
Brief the students on the overall activities of the LIVES project, experiences from IPMS on livestock interventions and planned activities for LIVES
Background
A group of 13 students and their supervisor from the Iowa state university was visiting the ILRI campus for experience sharing in the livestock sector. In addition to the LIVES presentation session, they have also visited the gene bank.
Points of interest/follow up
Possible internships
Event

Briefing LIVES to students of Wisconsin-Madison

Participant
Dirk Hoekstra , Fanos Mekonnen
Date
27/05/2013 (morning from 0.00 – 12.00)
Venue
Addis Abeba – ILRI campus
No of participants
11 of which 9 women – six students, 2 supervisors from Wisconsin- madison university plus EIAR and LIVES colleagues.
LIVES contribution
Organize and carry out briefing of the students on the overall activities of the LIVES project and planned interventions in livestock, ILRI’s animal/human health program (based on Delia’s presentation), and Dr. Kidane Georgis’ -EIAR/ATA presentation on agriculture and climate change in Ethiopia.
Background
A group of eight students and their supervisor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are visiting Ethiopia for a field course on Biodiversity, Food Traditions and Health in Ethiopia as part of their Global Health Field Course. They were interested to learn about ILRI’s work in Ethiopia and the connection of agricultural practices with human health and also climate change.
Points of interest/follow up
Possibility of internship arrangement


Event

Consultative meeting on the use of sugar cane tops as a source of livestock feed

Date
22/05/2013
Venue
Ministry of Agriculture
LIVES participant
Kahsay Berhe
No. of participants
16 people (all men) from MoA head office, EMDTI, NGOs, Private sector (feed processors) and ILRI
LIVES contribution
contribute to discussion
Background
The meeting started with the introduction participants. Following this, an expert from EMDTI made an introduction on feed demand and supply in Ethiopia and potential of sugar cane top as potential for feed in Ethiopia. He highlighted that feed is in short supply by over 19 million tons (DM basis). He also mentioned that the currently functioning sugar factories are producing 125,800 t DM feed in the form of cane tops. However, all the sugar factories (old and new) will be able to generate over 2.1 m t DM feed in total in the future. Therefore, these factories will be able to fill a gap in terms of feed requirement. Even though, quality of this feed is nutritionally poor. He also mentioned that feed costs 60-80% of livestock enterprises.
Nutritive value of cane tops is poor as the study by ILRI (on the table “Nutritive values of the most commonly used feeds in Ethiopia”) states that DM is 94.74%, CP 10.13% and ME 1.73% even though the CP is in the higher scale as has been aired by some of the participants. This is because Crude Protein, according to FAO (http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/s8374b/S8374b06.htm), is in the range of 5-8% on DM basis.
During his presentation, he also mentioned that around the already functioning factories, farmers and some youth groups are currently utilizing the tops but the way they are is inefficient. Therefore, what better ways can be demonstrated and scaled so that cane tops are efficiently used and experiences from these practices be scaled up/out to the newly coming up factories?
What was not done: There was no review of experiences on how tops are used in Brazil or India or elsewhere to learn from. These countries have long experiences on developing sugar cane.
Who were missing: There was no body from the research system, Sugar Corporation or the regions where the sugar estates are developed or being developed in the meeting. In the absence of these important bodies participants questioned the relevance of the meeting but decided to continue while calls will be made to these bodies. However, among these, Sugar Corporation has shown willingness, in previous meeting, to collaborate with the cause of this meeting.
Way forward: EMDTI was given the task to develop TOR and also translate the already developed strategy to English and share them both by e-mail within 10 days with the participants.
Points of interest/ follow up for LIVES
Explore potentials on which LIVES could contribute on this once the EMDTI develops TOR and strategy.
Event

RED&FS Brainstorming session onIntegration of a New Livestock, Pastoralism Component within the RED&FS Structure

Participant
Dirk Hoekstra I – LIVES senior advisor
Date
22/05/2013 (morning from 10.00 – 12.00)
Venue
Addis Abeba – MoA
No of participants
29 of which 3 women – mainly donor representatives and MOA program leaders – see list of participants
LIVES contribution
Contribute to the discussion (see below)
Background
For some time the MoA and RED&FS had examined how to incorporate Livestock and pastoralism in the RED&FS structure of technical committees (TC) and taskforces (TF). Now with the emergence of the Livestock State Ministry, the MoA asked for advice on this topic from the RED&FS secretariat. Presently 3 technical committees exist, more or less following the CAADP pillar structure and the MOA structure (Agricultural growth, Sustainable land management and Disaster prevention). The meeting recommended that a 4th committee was to be added on livestock. I pointed out that this was a deviation from the CAADP pillar structure (no problem) and that livestock integration should also take place in the TFs in the other 3 TCs
Points of interest/follow up
As part of LIVES promotional activities, assuming the recommendations will be accepted:
ILRI/LIVES should approach the RED&FS secretariat to be included in the TC of the livestock technical committee.
To facilitate livestock integration in the other TCs and TFs we should also explore opportunities with the secretariat to be invited.
Event

Intergraph Eastern Africa User Group Meeting 2013

Participant
Yasin Getahun
Date
2nd May, 2013
Venue
Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa
No. of Participants
35 male & 5 female
IPMS/LIVES contribution
Presencee
Background
Intergraph and Oakar Services Ltd. Introduction & experience sharing of the power of Intergraph Geospatial dynamic Portfolio suite (Image analysis & GIS software.)
Points of interest/follow up
It’s mentioned that the software already used by our colleague in Kenya office so, for our consumption it is important to contact them & have a shared license.
Event

Agri-Hub Ethiopia Consultative Meeting on Gender in Value Chains

Participant
Ephrem Tessema
Date
09/05/03
Venue
Addis Ababa, Agri-Hub Ethiopia Office, Meskel Flower Road, Arsho Laboratory Building, 5th Floor
No of participants
9 Female and 3 male
ILRI/LIVES contribution
Presenting LIVES Gender Mainstreaming Processes in the Livestock and Irrigated Agriculture Value Chain development Presentation
Background
On the annual Network Day on the 13th of December, 2012 the Gender in Agricultural Value Chain was formed. The objective of the Working Group is to facilitate coaching track for partners who need knowledge and experience on integrating gender equity issues in their value chain development programmes. As a follow up to this objective Agri-Hub carried out a survey on capacity building gaps across gender sensitive projects and organ
Points of interest/follow up
Agri- Hub Ethiopia Carried out a capacity building survey across gender sensitive organizations and projects in order to prepare a plan to delivery coaching on gender mainstreaming in value chain development and intervention. The draft TOR of the Gender Group will be further reviewed on the basis of the findings of the survey. Annual plan of action will be put in places in the next meeting and a secretary and chairperson will also be elected and resume formal activities of the working group.


Event

AgShare discussion - Innovating the delivery of Agricultural Education through Action Research

Participant
Dirk Hoekstra, Fanos Mekonnen
Date
15/02/2013
Venue
ILRI Addis Campus
No of participants
3 Female and5 male
ILRI/LIVES contribution
Discussion on the experiences of IPMS in participatory action research with MSc students and open access repository to all project documentation
Background
Agshare is aiming at improving the capacity of universities in bringing out relevant research and development outputs and capacitating university students to focus on and solve context specific gaps and challenges. The approach used is student centered. All outputs of Agshare are made available online for free.
Two Agshare staff shared their experience on the work done so far on open education resources (OER) http://www.oerafrica.org/agshare work in Africa and their work on supporting university student’s research work. Few things about Agshare are:
  1. 1. It works with agriculture faculties of universities (Mekelle and Haramaya and Hawassa about to start) to enhance the graduate student experience/process by ‘opening’ up their action research process (beyond theses alone) to include a wider range of products and outputs (for the community) such as case studies, videos,……
  2. 2. It is producing a range of ‘open educational resources’ (OER) that contribute to science and learning and are open access
  3. 3. It enhances student capacities and their academic experience
  4. 4. It makes their research more relevant
  5. 5. The AgShare work focuses on commodity value chains
Points of interest/follow up
Proposed Action: Partnership with AgShare could be beneficial as it’s complementary with the objectives of LIVES. Including outputs of LIVES and even IPMS in the OER may enrich the contents on the repository.

Capacity development could be coordinated and organized together with LIVES to reduce duplication of efforts



Agri-Hub Gender in Value Chains Working Group”meeting


participant
Ephrem Tesema
Date
31/01/2013
Venue
Addis Ababa, Agri-Hub Ethiopia Office, Meskel Flower Road, Arsho Laboratory Building, 6th Floor.
No of participants
7 Female and 6 male
ILRI/LIVES contribution
Discussion on the possibilities of LIVES contribution on Issues related to Gender in Agricultural Value Chains for network members and institutions.
Background
On the annual Network Day on the 13th of December, 2012 the Gender in Agricultural Value Chain was formed. The objective of the Working Group is to facilitate coaching track for partners who need knowledge and experience on integrating gender equity issues in their value chain development programmes.
Points of interest/follow up
As gender integration in agricultural value chains is being a recent area of engagement particularly in the agriculture sector, a number of organizations lack the capacity to successfully integrate gender equity issues in their projects and programmes.

Proposed Action: LIVES in collaboration with CIDA will be engaged in identifying major areas where gender issues should be addressed. In addition, will contribute on the draft proposal of Agri-Hub Ethiopia particularly on tools, coaching methods, and through sharing resources to the WG members from IPMS as well as LIVES experiences.

Livestock feed resources in Ethiopia: Challenges, opportunities and the need to transformation

Participant
Dr Azage Tegegne, Dr Berhanu Gebremedhin, Fanos Mekonnen,
Date
21 12/2012
Venue
Addis Ababa – EIAR Hiruy hall
No of participants
About 70 participants (about 7 female), comprised of participants from MoA, research, NGOs, LIVES, education institutes
IPMS/LIVES contribution
Dr Azage facilitated a session, others attended the workshop
Background
Livestock feed resources in Ethiopia: Challenges, opportunities and the need to transformation” organized by the Ethiopian Animal Feed Industry Association (EAFIA) and ACID/VOCA. The workshop highlighted issues of feed resource availability and quality, marketing, quality issues; existing institutional policy support and the need for transforming the feed sector through research results and practical experiences from projects and programs.
Points of interest/follow up
Gaps on bringing to scale and sustaining use cultivated forage were discussed. Ineffective extension approach, lack of suitable seeds, lack of proper production technology, lack of incentives, shortage of land… were some of the gaps identified

Proposed Action: LIVES RDOs in collaboration with partners and stakeholders identify sustainable feed production mechanisms, and improved extension approaches. FEED project of ACID/VOCA has already been functional for three years. Sharing lessons from the experiences of the project would be one learning point.
Lack of awareness on the need to conserve and cultivate forage plants
Proposed Action: LIVES RDOs in collaboration with partner institutions strengthen skill and knowledge of development agents and producing farmers on the need for cultivating forage through the use of area closure/ wasted lands and conserving high quality hay in times of plenty to be used in times of scarcity. Link producers with input suppliers and market.


Consulative stakeholder workshop on “enhancing agricultural extension and advisory services in Africa south of the sahara through innovative use of ICTs.
Participant
Fanos Mekonnen, Dr Berhanu Gebremedhin IPMS/LIVES
Date
13-14 12/2012
Venue
Addis Abeba – ILRI Campus
No of participants
About 45 - 7 female, comprised of participants from Eastern and southern Africa working in research, extension, radio, universiteis, government organizations, farmer organizations, and cooperatives
IPMS/LIVES contribution
Sharing IPMS experiences in use of ICT: radio, video and resource centers in working group discussions.
Background
“Enhancing Agricultural extension and advisory services in Africa, South of the Sahara through innovative use of ICTs” is a research project of IFPRI. The project will be implemented in southern and Eastern African countries in which Ethiopia will be one. One of the objectives of this three year research project (which is just starting) is to assess the existing ICT capacity and services for agricultural extension services in southern and Eastern Africa.
Points of interest/follow up
Case studies that assess the experience of different countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi)
In the use of ICT for agricultural extension were shared. Different working groups were created to discuss issues of: knowledge needs, content and delivery tools, policy and regulatory environment, and enabling access to use ICT. I joined the group that discussed on ‘content for ICT and delivery tools and means’ where existing opportunities, challenges and way forward were discussed. PPt slides of all presentations are on the server \\IPMSSERV\Project Files\LIVES\Document\National\Presentations\External prsentations\Enhancing ICT use for Agri Extn- IFPRI -Consultative Workshop 13-14 December 2012
Proposed action: LIVES KM/communication specialist to follow up on the activities and learn from the experiences of the case studies on content relevant delivery, processes and tools; develop simple ICT use manuals/ flyers in local languages.
Some of the ICT tools do not involve women smallholders. Mobile phones are in the hands of men, Radio are usually portable and thus in the hands of the men,

Proposed action: LIVES Gender specialist to look a possibilities of making ICT tools women friendly and the sharing of relevant information
Sustainability and financing are key issues to consider in use of ICT in agricultural value chains. Issues of relevancy
Proposed action: LIVES M&E team to design and follow up a possible monitoring and learning aspect on the use of ICT for impact and its integration into the organizational framework



Event Report for EEA agricultual transformation workshop_ Kaleb Shiferaw_ Dec 29th