Pulse value chain development                                                                                             ...
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Pulse value chain development: Interventions and lessons

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Poster for the ‘Market-Oriented Smallholder Development: IPMS Experience-Sharing Workshop,’ Addis Ababa, 2-3 June 2011

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Pulse value chain development: Interventions and lessons

  1. 1. Pulse value chain development interventions and lessons  Value chain interventions  Knowledge management and  capacity development  Initial diagnosis Input supply interventions  • Farmers and traders were becoming familiar with export‐oriented pulse production • There was inadequate knowledge and skills on export‐oriented pulse production among value chain actors • Women involvement in pulse was limited Community seed bank system for sustainable   • Disease, poor quality seeds, limited use of fertilizers, supply of pulse seed  Knowledge sharing on pulse development  and poor planting arrangements often resulted in through training and FTC demonstrations poor productivity • Seed multiplication was mostly handled by research and the Ethiopian Seed Enterprise. Supply of seed for new and old varieties was limited • Limited linkages between producers and other value chain actors Farmers  sell haricot bean  Cooperative input  seeds to cooperatives  supply shop  Availing market information by putting  billboards in markets! Production interventions  Value chain actors, service  providers and linkages  Credit • Microfinance  institutions • Cooperatives • Private industry Promotion of new varieties  On farm trial on the use of   • Shops Additional ICT supported  of pulse to respond to  bio fertilizer for increased  information/knowledge via Ethiopian  export market demand   productivity  Agriculture Portal (EAP) www.eap.gov.et  Knowledge/ Skill Input supply/  • Bureau of  services Agriculture  • Cooperatives • Private sectors,  pulse  • Ethiopian Seed  • • Cooperatives Specialized  farmers producers Enterprise  • National Research Targeting • NGO/ project • NGOs and  • Specialized seed  Students   farmers Seed treatment to reduce root rot  Market • Local market Processing / Marketing interventions  • Cooperatives  • Commercial  processors  Targeting women and farmers with  entrepreneurial skill Lessons and challenges • Knowledge sharing, training, follow up of interventions, and partner linkages contribute to improving the skills and knowledge of value chain actors and service providers, including women Value addition for the market: seed  packing and labeling • Rapid market assessments were effective in identifying export market varieties and marketing channels for pulse crops • Linkages with large scale processors established through private traders and District level cooperatives or unions, were important • Seed dressing is an effective improved disease management method for root rot • If they find basic seeds, farmers can successfully do seed multiplication. Major regional/federal level interventions to improve basic seed supply systems are required • When it comes to seeds, it is important to combine farmer‐to‐farmer exchange systems with sales through cooperatives. Relying solely on farmer‐to‐farmer seed system results in sale of seeds as grains Facilitating market linkage  for local  • Use of community seed banks to maintain high quality seeds requires a long term linkage (registration) with the basic seed and export  markets supply system in order to maintain seed quality over time This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution‐Noncommercial‐Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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