Sarah Assefa

Assistant Linking and Learning

Ethiopia

About Me

Passionate about sustainable business. Trained in environmental science and policy, economics and ecology. Experienced in green cooperative business development, environmental research, and capacity building for corporate social responsibility. With AgriProFocus I facilitate innovation communities on subjects of agroecology, youth in agribusiness, and I offer training in AgriProFocus-style gender in value chain analysis.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in Soil Management Network
Posted 3 weeks 16 hours ago

Monpellier Panel Report on Soils in Africa

About Ethiopian Soils it says the following:

LAND DEGRADATION IN ETHIOPIA

Total land area:1.13million km2

Average fertiliser use:17 kg/ha

Degraded land area:26%

People affected: 21 million, equal to 29% of the population

Hotspot characteristics: high population pressure on land and forests, farming on steep slopes and frequent food crises caused by unreliable rainfall

Loss of topsoil: one billion tons annually

Soil productivity losses: at least 20% over the last century in large parts of the country


ANNUAL COSTS

Soil erosion and nutrient loss from farming and grazing: $106 million

Deforestation: $23 million

Loss of livestock capacity: $10 million

Total: $139 million or equivalent to 4% of GDP


You can read the whole Montpellier Report here: http://ag4impact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/MP_0106_Soil_Report_LR1.pdf

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform members are on air this afternoon!

Tune in to 104.7 fm at 4:00pm to hear about opportunities, challenges and trends facing youth in agribusiness in Ethiopia! Interviewees include members of Mintesenot Urban Ariculture and the AgriProFocus youth interns that conducted the Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project.

Wim Goris hope you can tape this for further use !

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

blueMoon announces selection of #BegaBatch17 - top 6 youth agribusinesses

Addis Ababa, 25 January, 2017

blueMoon, Ethiopia’s first youth agribusiness incubator, today announced the results of its National Competition to select the top six youth agribusiness startup teams for its first incubator program batch, #BegaBatch17, that will start in February 2017.

“We selected 6 startup co-founder teams out of 122 applicants to our Call for Applications in early December, or a 4.9 % acceptance rate, which means it is already more difficult to get into our program than into Harvard or Stanford University,” stated Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder and ceo of blueMoon, “it was an amazing and humbling experience to see the talent and energy coming out of Ethiopia’s youth today. As we had hoped, we got applicants across a broad range of agri-related businesses and from across Ethiopia, from Bahir Dar to Jimma to Benishangul-Gumuz to Jijiga to Hawassa, with ideas for various types of agro-indus

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feb
07

ECHO East Africa Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 February 2017 to 09 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

ECHO East Africa Symposium

February 7-9th, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania

Potential topics are listed below:

- Conservation Agriculture

- Horticulture

- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques

- Best Livestock Practices

- Good Development Practices

Speakers for the sessions will include presenters from around East Africa.

For more information or to register, follow this link.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

አስር ፍትሀዊ ግብይት መርህዎ

Amharic Translation of Fair Trade Principles now available

An Amharic translation of the ten WFTO principles of Fair Trade was developed by the Environmental Science and Sustainable Development Students of Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. Please find the full translation in the PDF attached. Viva sustainable business!


Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

ECHO East Africa Symposium

February 7-9th, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania

Potential topics are listed below:
- Conservation Agriculture
- Horticulture
- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques
- Best Livestock Practices
- Good Development Practices


Speakers for the sessions will include presenters from around East Africa. 

For more information or to register, follow this link.

Janine Schoeman Hi Sarah, please post this as an event, that way it shows up in the calender as well. Thank you!

1 month 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thanks Janine!

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Europe and Central Asia

Recommendations from the participants

23-25 November 2016 - Budapest


Recognizing the role that agroecology can play in achieving food security and reducing malnutrition in the framework of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, FAO organized the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome in September 2014. Following this International symposium, FAO has taken the initiative of convening multi-stakeholder Symposia at the regional level.

In opening, H.E. José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of FAO highlighted the importance of exploring the transformative potential of agroecology:

“Business as usual is not an option. We have to innovate and transform agriculture. We need to be more productive using less resources. We need to generate less environmental impact. And we have to go beyond sustainable intensification. Increasing the efficiency of farming

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 months 4 days ago

Youth in Agribusiness Workshop in Nairobi 

Day 2: Together we are building a Youth in Agribusiness Strategy for APF Global! Many common objectives to increase youth engagement in agribusiness are being distilled, and turned into result-oriented activities for our joint strategy.  

Anne Marie Kortleve Looks impressive! I am curious to hear and see the results!

3 months 4 days ago

Mugisha Richard The meeting was really timely for it provided ample space for experience sharing and Learning. Especially as we are moving a way from organizing activity based to programmatic approach 

3 months 4 days ago

Mugisha Richard A lot of insights were shared and we now have clear take home learnings for example:how to organize a youth caravan 

3 months 4 days ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi, congratulations for the youth team! Look forward to know the results and applied them in here...

3 months 3 days ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 4 months 4 days ago

FDRE Ministry of Youth and Sport Presentation on Youth and agribusiness employment in GTP II

Ato Matias Asefa of the FDRE Ministry of Youth and Sport shared some of the achievements in terms of youth and employment in GTP I, and some of the targets for youth and agribusiness in GTP II . Please find attached the pdf of this presentation, which was shared with the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform on September 16, 2016, in Addis Abeba.  

Of note, "Youth constitute 70% of the population of the country. Every year, 2 million people become 'youth' (ages 15-29) in Ethiopia." 

In GTP II the government aims to create 3.5 million on-farm employment opportunities, and engage 2.8 million youth in off farm activities over the next five years.

The ministry expressed great willingness to collaborate with other actors to maximally achieve the plans for youth and agribusiness employment set forth in GTP II. 


Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 4 months 4 days ago

Youth In Agribusiness Listening Project

Please find attached the final presentation of the results of the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project, which addresses the question, "In what ways could increased synergy among actors improve the engagement of youth in Ethiopian agricultural value chains (agribusiness)?" This presentation was shared during the Youth in Agribusiness Synergy Meeting held September 16th, 2016, in Addis Abeba.



Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 4 months 4 days ago

Learning from the Youth in Agribusiness Internship Experience at AgriProFocus Ethiopia

From August to mid-September 2016, AgriProFocus Ethiopia took on two interns to investigate the role of youth in Ethiopian agribusiness, and to ask stakeholders how increased synergy among actors could lead to improved engagement of youth in agribusiness. The internship was an incredibly fruitful experience for both interns and host organization AgriProFocus.

The interns, Tihut Befkadu and Eyerusalem Kenea, were 4th year students of Environmental Science and Sustainable Development at Hope College of business Science and Technology. At the end of 6 weeks, they successfully interviewed over 26 stakeholders from different stakeholder groups – government ministries, rural agribusiness, urban agribusiness, and youth support organizations – working on youth and/or agribusiness issues in Ethiopia. They had also conducted Skype interviews with 3 APF offices in different sub-Saharan African countries tha

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Symposium on “Rainwater-Smart Management in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, 1st-2nd February 2017: Call for Papers

The deadline to submit an abstract (of 200-words)  for the Symposium on "Rainwater-Smart Management in sub-Saharan Africa" is October 30, 2016. You may contact Josep de Trincheria at josepmaria.detrincheriagomez@haw-hamburg.de for more information.




Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Soil Health Insights from the 2015 Ethiopian Soil Campaign

This detailed report (available for download in the PDF attached) provides an overview of the major soil health concepts discussed during the 2015 Ethiopian Soil Campaign, techniques in soil management shared, and contacts for actors that shared knowledge and experience in different soil management practices during the campaign.


We hope that this report will serve as a basic reference for soil health concepts, and as a directory for contacting knowledgeable actors in different regions. With the help of this document, users might both improve their soil management work, and also to organize their efforts in greater synergy with other actors for greater collective impact in the area of soil health and fertility.


This publication was launched on September 30th, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources during a workshop designed to promote Biochar and Vermicomposting technologies, and to re-establish the Soil Platform

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Nicole Metz Dear colleagues, Thank you for sharing. This is a very informative compilation of what the Ethiopian network did in the International Year of Soils. I recommend it's use as a reference on soil matters indeed. Also, anybody interested in organising a public awareness raising campaign in a country may be inspired by the variety of actions you organised as a network, last year. More relevant news on Soil Fertility, also to be used as reference on this website: http://knowledge4food.net/theme/soil-management/

4 months 3 days ago

Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Book Release: Soils of the Ethiopian Highlands - Geomorphology and Properties by Dr. Eyasu Elias

This book presents soil characterization, classification and mapping, along with results of testing the new fertilizer blend formulae, in 30 high potential highland woredas selected for the Agricultural Growth Programme (AGP). Resulting landscape-soil type characterization and maps published in this volume contribute towards the national effort of transforming the soil fertility sector of Ethiopia. The book has detailed chapters on the character of Ethiopia's most prevalent soils: Vertisols, Nitisols, Leptosols, Cambisols and Luvisols.


The book is the fruit of a Dutch-funded collaborative research project, ‘Capacity Building for Scaling Up of Evidence-Based Best Practices for Increased Agricultural Production in Ethiopia (CASCAPE for short). The book was launched officially on September 30th, 2016 at Harmony Hotel in Addis Abeba. To collect a copy of this special book, please contact

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 5 months 14 hours ago

IDEA COMPETITION - OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Organic products as game changers in consumer market!

This challenge is designed for innovations in the area of agricultural processing. Submissions should consider product innovations from organic origin for the food consumer market. For example, ideas could be in the area of organic honey products from packaging, food products or equipments using organic materials.

The SEWOH Innovation Slam competition is looking for your innovation in agriculture. Every person or organisation is welcome to submit their idea. The winners will receive up to 120,000 ETB to implement their idea during one year.

How to apply: Participants apply by filling out the application form on: www.iceaddis.com/folio/innovationslam

Apply before: October 16th 2016

For questions, please email competitioniceaddis.com


Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 5 months 15 hours ago

IDEA COMPETITION - OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Information and initiatives for healthy eating!

This challenge is focused on innovations for information and initiatives for healthy eating. Submissions should consider social innovations in education to enhance the knowledge about diverse eating or increasing availability and access to foods.

The SEWOH Innovation Slam competition is looking for your innovation in agriculture. Every person or organisation is welcome to submit their idea. The winners will receive up to 120,000 ETB to implement their idea during one year.

How to apply: Participants apply by filling out the application form on: www.iceaddis.com/folio/innovationslam

Apply before: October 16th 2016

For questions, please email competitioniceaddis.com


sep
16

Youth in Agribusiness - Synergy Planning Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  16 September 2016, 09:00-12:00
  Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

You are warmly invited to participate in a Youth in Agribusiness Synergy Planning Workshop on Friday September 16th, 9:00am.  We can do more if we work better together!

Schedule for the day

9:00 am

Coffee and Welcome

9:15 am

Ministry of Youth Presentation on Latest GTP II plans to engaging youth in on-farm and off-farm employment activities

9:45 am

AgriProFocus presentation of findings of "Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project"

10:15 am

Interactive activity to map how different actors contribute to engaging youth in agribusiness

11:15 am

Discussion of how to increase synergy amongst actors to better engage youth in agribusiness

12:00 pm

Lunch

Please confirm your participation by contacting Tihut Befkadu at 0923-10-61-54 or tihutbefkadu208@gmail.com.The location for the event is Desalegn Hotel (around Bole Atlas) Addis

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mar
28

First All-Africa Postharvest Congress & Exhibition

Event posted by in Post-harvest Losses
  28 March 2017 to 31 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

“1st All AFRICA POSTHARVEST CONGRESS & EXHIBITION” will be held March 28 to 31, 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Learn more and register via this LINK.



Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

School Cows for Child Nutrition

Out of concern for the huge rates of malnutrition and stunting among school-aged children in Ethiopia, many of whom have no breakfast and empty lunchboxes, social entrepreneur Frealem Shibabaw decided to take action. Rather than buying milk for schoolkids as her friend suggested - that would be too expensive, and involve transportation, cool storage, etc - she decided to bring the cows to the schools: The cow herself serves as sterile storage and removes the need for refrigeration! If the cow is on site, the end users can reduce costs of care, and there is no issue of transportation.

Milk is a near-complete food, only lacking roughage and iron from all the key nutrients that the human body requires. It is a great boost to the nutrition of children. 

Read more about Frealem Shibabaw and her work and philosophy HERE.

It was fantastic to hear her speak in person at the Social Entrepreneurship forum launch yesterday, at the Swedish Embassy in Addis.

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nov
01

Symposium Best Practices Sustainable Agriculture & Livestock

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  01 November 2016 to 03 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016. 

The programme you can find HERE and it is promising! 

The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to ekinsey@echonet.org and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet

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