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


apr
28

History of Agroecology in Ethiopian Agriculture Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 03:30-05:00
  Africana Restaurant and Bar, Carl Square, Addis Ababa

A presentation on the history of Ethiopian agricultural policy and institutions shall be given by Dr. Demese Chanyalew on Friday April 28th at 3:30 pm at Africana Restaurant and Bar (Carl Square, near the South African Embassy). After Q&A pertaining to the presentation subject, participants are invited to network over drinks. To attend, please RSVP to sassefa@agriprofocus.com.

Dr. Demese is an independent consultant based in Addis Ababa with over 25 years of research and consulting experience covering agriculture sub-sectors, and agriculture sector-wide analysis and policy. His clients include UNECA, USAID, World Bank, COMESA, EU, AfDB, international NGOs, UNDP and FAO. Dr. Demese’s analysis and reviews have shaped the Ethiopia CAADP program, and he remains a key resource person for REDFS and donors involved in agricultural development and food security in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD from Kansas State University.

This event is organized by the Agroecology Network and its lead partners,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

Indigenous Agroecology in Konso, Ethiopia

In Konso, communities have been terracing for over 600 years. The steep hillsides of Konso are sculpted by generations of human hands that have carefully laid stones in line with the natural horizontal contours designed to catch and keep the soil and water necessary for viable hilltop agriculture. Agroforestry has been combined with other forms of intercropping to keep the terraces in-tact, the soils fertile, and diversified nutrition available year round: For example, perennials like cassava are planted at the top of the stone terraces to support the terrace structure with their roots; in the cups of soil between terrace walls, crops such as beans, maize and sorghum are planted amongst one another; trees such as coffee, moringa, acacia, and terminalia are interspersed at greater distance along the terraces.

In addition to formation of terraces, various other water management techniques are actively used. To catch and sink runoff, circ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 6 days ago

Farm Africa Seeks a Programme Manager for Integrated Approach to Improving Rural Livelihoods

In Ethiopia, Farm Africa will be implementing a project entitled ‘Integrated approach to improve rural livelihoods, empowering communities and partners programme’ which is funded by SIDA (The Swedish International Development Agency). This project will be implemented by Farm Africa and the Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Associations (UEWCA). The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to achievement of the Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTPII) through agriculture business development, capacity building in project implementation and delivery, civil society strengthening and embedding climate smart practices in identified development interventions.

For more information on the Programme Manager position for this project, please see the document attached. Deadline for application is April 25th.


mar
30

Unlocking the Potential of Ethiopian Soils for the SDGs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  30 March 2017 - 09:00 to 31 March 2017 - 17:00
  EIAR, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Annual conference of the Ethiopian Society of Soil Science. Event open to old and first-time dues paying members.



Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Declaration and Way Forward from the Addis Abeba Conference on Food Systems

Representatives from our Agroecology Network participated in the conference entitled, “Changing Food Systems in Africa: Agroecology and Food Sovereignty and their Role in Nutrition and Health, that was organized by AFSA, IFOAM, AfrOnet and partners and held last November in Addis Abeba. Attached please find two outcomes of that conference - a declaration from the conference, and a document outlining the strategic way forward.


Posted By in Soil Management Network
Posted 3 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 3 months 3 weeks 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 4 months 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 4 months 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!

4 months 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thanks Janine!

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 4 months 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 6 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!

6 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 

6 months 3 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 

6 months 3 days ago

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

6 months 3 days ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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/

7 months 3 days ago

Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 7 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 8 months 1 hour 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