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Progress of Africa RISING Project in the Ethiopian Highlands, 2012-2013
 

Progress of Africa RISING Project in the Ethiopian Highlands, 2012-2013

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Presented by Kindu Mekonnen (ILRI) at the Africa RISING Ethiopia review and planning meeting, Addis Ababa, 1 October – 1 November 2013

Presented by Kindu Mekonnen (ILRI) at the Africa RISING Ethiopia review and planning meeting, Addis Ababa, 1 October – 1 November 2013

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Progress of Africa RISING Project in the Ethiopian Highlands, 2012-2013 Progress of Africa RISING Project in the Ethiopian Highlands, 2012-2013 Presentation Transcript

  • Progress of Africa RISING Project of the Ethiopian Highlands Kindu Mekonnen, ILRI 2013–2014 Review and Planning Meeting, Addis Ababa 31 October – 1 November 2013
  • Africa RISING in Ethiopian highlands  Aims at improving food security and farm income diversification through sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems  Operates in 4 regions Region Amhara Woreda Basona Worena Kebeles Goshe Bado and Gudo Beret Oromia SNNPR Tigray Sinana Lemo Endamekoni Salka and Ilu-Sanbitu Jawe and Upper-Gana Emba-Hazti and Tsibet
  • Completed and on-going AR Project Activities a) Diagnostic activities Telephone survey  Conducted in the 4 AR sites with researchers, extension staff members and University instructors to generate very quick information on farming systems, agricultural production constraints and opportunities, income sources, market access and technological needs.
  • Livelihood survey using SLATE  Identify farm typologies for targeting interventions  Training on SLATE - 28 resource persons  Used 75 sample households (15 hhs for identification of livelihood indicators and 60 for the hhs survey)  Collected data for the 480 hhs in the 8 kebeles
  • Participatory Community Analysis (PCA)  Generate information on livelihood, CBOs, farmer profiles/typologies, local farming systems, prioritization of food and cash crops/livestock enterprises, and water harvesting related activities  More than 300 farmers participated across the eight kebeles Studies on legume crop residues  ICARDA conducted legume crop residue surveys in DB and Sinana
  • IMPACTlite survey • Conducted to collect detail baseline information (farm resources, farm management strategies, farm productivity, etc) on 72 farm hhs that are involved in the on-farm research demos. Agro-ecological knowledge, community knowledge groups  ICRAF in collaboration with AR local partners in the 4 sites conducted surveys to identify local agro-ecological knowledge and community knowledge exchange groups
  • Market/ Value chain studies  Value chain mapping for six enterprises (3 crop and 3 livestock)  Propose interventions and prepare protocols for detail value chain analysis
  • b) On-farm research On-farm research demonstrations  Developed protocols for crops intervention (wheat, faba bean and potato).  Forage (oat, vetch and tree lucern) and water harvesting and irrigation  Conducted felddays at vegetative and harvesting stages Crop and soil based fertilizer trials  Established soil fertility trials in the 4 AR sites to come up with soil and crop specific fertilizer recommendations
  • c) Partnership CGIAR partners: ILRI, CIP, IWMI, CIAT, ICRAF, ICARDA , IFPRI, Bioversity, CIMMYT
  • Local partners: Universities and collages- Wachemo, Mekele, Medawolabu, Debre Birhan, Hawassa, Maichew Agricultural College Regional Research Org- ARARI (DB), SARI (Areka &Werabe), TARI (Alamata), OARI (Sinana) Federal Research Org- EIAR, EHNRI Office of Agriculture- Endamekoni (Tigray), Basona Worena (Amhara), Lemo (SNNRP) and Sinana (Oromia) Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) Private Investors on Agriculture- DB highland fruit farm
  • d) Other activities • Organized workshops and trainings (Ethiopia project planning meeting, learning event, training on various tools and approaches) • Recruitment and placement of 4 site coordinators • Processing MOU between ILRI and Universities, Research Institutions and Agri Offices • Processing the purchase of vehicles for each of the AR sites