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

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

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. 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.
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. c) Partnership CGIAR partners: ILRI, CIP, IWMI, CIAT, ICRAF, ICARDA , IFPRI, Bioversity, CIMMYT
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. 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