Conservation Agriculture Experience Sharing and Networking

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  02 June 2017, All Day Event
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Abeba

Conservation Agriculture Experience Sharing Workshop June 2, 2017, AA

Conservation Agriculture Workshop Objectives

· To share conservation agriculture research and experience from 5 regions in Ethiopia.

· Interactive and participatory conservation agriculture learning among stakeholders.

· Networking for supportive relationship building to enhance conservation agriculture practice and scaling efforts.

We have invited practitioners from different regions to share their experiences implementing conservation agriculture. We have also invited researchers to share their research findings. Demonstrations of conservation agriculture inputs (tools and cover crop seeds, etc. will be on display. Posters regarding conservation agriculture research and activities are welcome.

The morning is dedicated to practical experience sharing by conservation agriculture practitioners in Ethiopia. The afternoon consists of conservation agriculture research presentations and round table discuss

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 March 2017 at 07:25

Joint SDG research initiative - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research  (Call with deadline 23 May) 

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).

The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.

Members of this platfo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 March 2017 at 12:43

Ethiopian Biotechnology Institutes call for research project on mentioned thematic area.  

And Agriculture & Biotechnology is one of the thematic areas

Gizaw Legesse Thank you Firaol for sharing. I recommend you attend the next Business Drinks on March 30 and make a pitch about this. It would be nice for a lot of members also. Here is the Business Drinks event post:

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Firaol Tafa Thank you Gizaw and I will take part on the event

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 March 2017 at 07:14

  The Role of the Financial Sector in Addressing Food Insecurity

Many farming households in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to formal credit and turn to costly coping strategies to make ends meet between harvests, including reduced food consumption, informal borrowing, short-term work on other farms, and selling off assets like livestock. Providing credit, either in the form of food or cash, could allow farming families to increase their food security and agricultural output, as farmers would not be forced to find off-farm income to feed their families between harvests, and would therefore be able to spend additional time applying fertilizer, weeding, or harvesting the crop, which may increase yields. In the long run, this gain in productivity might increase incomes by more than farmers could earn through casual labor.

In Zambia, most of the smallholder farmers depend of the inputs provided by the government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which has provide to be inad

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 20 February 2017 at 01:42

A New Super Food to Combat Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious problem in the world today. Developing countries are mainly affected by under nutrition while developed countries are mostly faced by the challenge of over nutrition. Malnutrition all in all affects development of a nation by diminishing human capital . 

In most countries, malnutrition is as a result of insufficient advocacy strategies, inadequate resources, absence of  nutrition donor agencies and lack of effective coordination in the sector. However, in Zambia, the coming on board of many non governmental organizations to support the nutrition sector, the sector has taken a new shift. 

There is a lot of nutrition education taking place and identification of the most  nutritious foods for human consumption.  This has led into the introduction of new foods such as spirulina. 

 Spirulina is a food supplement (micro-algae)  which appears blue green in colour. It contains nutrients ( vita

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Nicole Metz

Thanks for posting Leah. Good you draw attention to Nutrition.
At the same time, the title of your article doesn't really seem to point in the right direction (and it also doesn't reflect the article's content, really). In my opinion, promoting particular 'Super Foods' is not what helps to generate sustainable solutions for malnutrition problems. I think the Zambian SUN movement (Scaling Up Nutrition) has produced lots of interesting recommendations to address Nutrition challenges. See e.g.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 January 2017 at 04:41

ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:53

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (no. 15)

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:

- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition

- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security

- Applied Research Fund  (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016

- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders

Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.

For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks madam

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 September 2016 at 03:47

ICRA courses for professional in agricultural education and research  

ICRA organises two interesting courses in March and May 2017 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. These courses are highly valued by professionals working in agricultural higher education, research, outreach, and agribusiness.

Scholarship application is now open for two courses:

Learning, action research and outreach - Making higher education boost food security

13 - 31 March 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this course you can apply HERE.

Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges

15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this course you can apply HERE.


Linking research to inclusive development for food security

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 May 2017 to 02 June 2017 - All Day Event

ICRA strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. We believe that food and nutrition security, inclusive development and sustainable rural livelihoods can be achieved when people and organizations address their collective challenges by sharing knowledge and by working together to create joint solutions. ICRA organizes courses for professionals in agricultural education and research, outreach and agribusiness. 


Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges

All information on the webpage: 

Deadline for fellowship application is 19 October 2016. |    

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 September 2016 at 08:38

Call for Applications: Young Researchers Program ‘Linking the food sovereignty debates’

Applications are invited for the Young Researchers Program, a mentorship programme, offered by the Hands On the Land Alliance (HOTL) together with Transnational Institute, FIAN International and Friends of the Earth International. This programme enables young engaged scholars and activists to strengthen their capacities around understanding food sovereignty and the human right to food, including opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, benefiting from the experience of mentors, and the opportunity to attend two main events as part of the research process. The deadline is Sepmtember 19th, 2016. Click here for complete information.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 May 2016 at 04:24

Request for expressions of Interest

Vacancy at Forum for agricultural research in Africa (FARA)

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has received a grant from the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) towards the cost of implementation of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Pillar IV strategy of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU-NEPAD).

FARA intends to use part of the proceeds to the following consultant services:

To engage an Individual Consultant to Develop the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) Theory of Change and Results Framework
Name of project: FARA Multi-Donor Trust Fund (FARA-MDTF)
Grant No: FARA-MDTF TF095129
Project ID No.: P112684
Assignment Ref. No.:Reference: KDS/2.1.3
Assignment Duration: 4 months staring in June 2016
Location: Accra, Ghana
Deadline: 27th May, 2016
Job details:Here

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to Paragraph 1.9 of World Bank’s Guidelines: Selec

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 May 2016 at 02:30

African Union Research Grants II 

Open Call for Proposals 2016 Edition

The African Union Research Grants programme is financed through the Financing Agreement between the European Commission and the African Union Commission DCI-PANAF/2015/307-078) under the Pan-African Programme (PanAf), based on Regulation (EU) No 233/2014 establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation (DCI) for the period 2014-2020.

The programme is an innovative way to deploy and to improve science and technology research so that it contributes to Africa’s poverty reduction, economic growth and social development efforts.

The programme responds to the implementation of Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy -2024 (STISA-2024) priority one and the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership focusing on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).

This Guideline for the Grant Applicants, developed by the Department of Human Resources, Science and Techno

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Janine Schoeman Interesting post! Maybe good to tweet about it as well??

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  20 June 2016 to 24 June 2016 - All Day Event

The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy is a global research network in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health to serve as a platform for learning and sharing.

The aim of the ANH Academy is to foster a global community of interdisciplinary researchers working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

The objectives of the Academy are to:

1. Share innovative research in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health;
2. Stimulate the development and harmonisation of new research;
3. Help strengthen the capacity of the research community to undertake inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research;
4. Facilitate the uptake of robust evidence in policies and programming in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

Read much more here:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 April 2016 at 11:39

Mobility grants scheme: Networking opportunities for African stakeholders in brokerage events in Europe

The Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) is a project funded under Horizon 2020 aimed to strengthening synergies between research and business communities from the two regions. For more information about the project please visit

This funding scheme is designed to facilitate the participation of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and other relevant stakeholders in networking and brokerage events organised in the context of RINEA and beyond.

Successful applicants under this grant scheme will receive financial support in order to participate in one of the following brokerage events:

Innovat&Match 2016, 9-10 June 2016, Bologna, Italy

IFAMA Matchmaking 2016, 21-22 June 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

Network and Consortium Building at CIGR-AgEng 2016, 28-29 June 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

The events are organised in the framework promote business, technological and r

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Daoulata MAIGA Proposition des bourses de mobilité : Possibilités de mettre en réseau les opérateurs africains dans les événements de courtage en Europe. Le Réseau de recherche et d'innovation pour l'Europe et l'Afrique ( RINEA ) est un projet financé par Horizon 2020 pour le renforcement des synergies entre les communautés de recherche et les entreprises des deux continents . Pour plus d'informations sur le projet vous pouvez visiter le site Web Ce programme de financement est destiné à faciliter la participation des chercheurs, les entrepreneurs, les innovateurs et les autres acteurs dans le réseautage et des événements de courtage organisés dans le cadre de RINEA et même au-delà. Les candidats retenus recevront un soutien financier afin de participer à l'un des événements de courtage suivants : Innovat & Match 2016, 9-10 Juin 2016, Bologne, Italie IFAMA Matchmaking 2016, 21-22 Juin 2016, Aarhus, Danemark Réseau et Consortium du bâtiment au CIGR-AgEng 2016, 28-29 Juin 2016, Aarhus, Danemark Les événements sont organisés dans le cadre de la promotion de partenariats d'affaires technologiques et de recherche. Les représentants des entreprises et de recherche des communautés auront l'occasion d'explorer les synergies possibles et de créer de nouveaux partenariats suite à un programme de réunion organisée à l'avance. Pour plus d'informations sur les événements mentionnés ci-dessus , les conditions de participation , les critères d'admissibilité et la procédure de demande ,veillez consulter les documents suivants : régime de subvention Termes de référence (PDF) Cliquez ce lien ( ) formulaire de demande de régime de subvention (DOC) Cliquez ce lien ( ) Date limite de dépôt des candidatures: 29 Avril 2016 CONTACT FORTH / PRAXI Réseau Mme Vaya Piteli,, +30 2310 552790-1 M. Dimitris Filippidis,, +30 210 3607690 JyU / UniPID Mme Melissa Plath,, +358 (0) 40 024 8075 -

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Roel Snelder merci Doulata pour la traduccion

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SAM OPOLOT thank for the offer, rapsado development initiative uganda community based organization ,lead by youth looks to apply but more information about the grant is missing

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 April 2016 at 09:42

Newsletter (12) of Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Recommended reading about a/o. Applied Research Fund, SMEs, Micronutrients, Youth, World Bank, and the Extensive Livestock Expo.

This newsletter includes interesting highlights: the launch of the third call of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund; and several knowledge products and event reports. Those include the complete report of the successful Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop held in Uganda (in collaboration with AgriProFocus), an essay on micronutrient management, an exploration on youth in agriculture, a report of the “Food for All Partnership” learning journey on food safety, and the report about the Extensive Livestock Expo (which AgriProfocus Kenya co-organised).

Please draw your attention to the proposal deadline for the Young Expert Programmes (YEP). Until June 1, Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organizations can submit a proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert in Agrofood

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Ce bulletin comprend les faits saillants intéressants: le lancement du troisième appel du Fonds de la recherche appliquée de l'alimentation et des affaires; et plusieurs produits de la connaissance et les rapports d'événements. Ceux-ci incluent le rapport complet de la réussite de l'alimentation et des affaires de la recherche appliquée Projets atelier tenu en Ouganda (en collaboration avec AgriProFocus), un essai sur la gestion des micronutriments, une exploration sur les jeunes dans l'agriculture, un rapport de la "Food for All Partnership" parcours d'apprentissage sur la sécurité alimentaire, et le rapport sur l'Expo de l'élevage extensif (qui AgriProfocus Kenya a co-organisé). S'il vous plaît attirer votre attention sur la date limite de proposition pour les programmes d'experts Young (YEP). Jusqu'au 1er Juin, les entreprises néerlandaises, les institutions du savoir et des organisations sociales peuvent soumettre une proposition pour le déploiement d'un jeune expert en agroalimentaire. S'il vous plaît visitez le site Web de YEP pour plus d'informations. S'il vous plaît suivez ce lien: Aimer lire! Les réactions sont les bienvenues! - Voir plus: Agri Pro Focus

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 April 2016 at 02:40

Undangan Menulis Proposal Dana Riset Aplikatif untuk Pangan dan Bisnis

Inovasi untuk ketahanan pangan dan pengembangan sektor bisnis

Undangan dipublikasikan di sini dikhususkan untuk anggota jaringan AgriProFocus seperti praktisi dan lembaga riset yang tertarik berkolaborasi bersama!

NOW-WOTRO meluncurkan undangan menulis proposal Dana Riset Aplikatif di Bidang Pangan dan Bisnis (ARF/ Aplied Research Fund). Ini adalah undangan menulis proposal ARF yang ketiga. ARF memberi dana untuk riset aplikatif yang berkontribusi pada inovasi ketahanan pangan dan pembangunan sektor bisnis di 15 negara mitra Belanda untuk kerjasama pembangunan. Undangan ini dikembangkan melalui kolaborasi yang intens dengan Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

Proposal harus dikirim oleh konsorsium yang terdiri dari :

1. Organisasi praktisi publik atau sektor bisnis (minimal 1)

2. Lembaga riset atau perguruan tinggi (minimal 1)

3. Organisasi Belanda

Tenggat waktu pengiriman proposal ada

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muhamad lukman Very interest

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Iwan Budhiarta Dear All... Thank you for sharing this valuable information... I have one good topic of scientific research, a sustainable business strategy of Arabica Specialty Coffee from a major cooperative in Gayo Highlands, Aceh... Is there any chance for me to send my proposal and get a research fund?

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AgriProFocus Indonesia Hai Iwan, to apply this grant the project/research should be executed by consortium. Do you have any prospective partner already? Or: Which stakeholder you think might be have interest/get benefit from your research? We can approach them to make consortium.

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Iwan Budhiarta Dear admin...after I finished doing my research proposal, what should i do then? can I contact you directly?...please help me...

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Tina Napitupulu Dear Pak Iwan, perhaps we could arrange a discussion. Please contact AgriProFocus at 081212503496 for a meeting arrangement.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 7 April 2016 at 02:20

Third Call for proposals Food & Business Applied Research Fund

Innovation for food security and private sector development

The Call published here is particularly interesting for AgriProFocus members interested in collaboration between practitioners and research institutions!

NWO-WOTRO has launched the third call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF). ARF provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. The call has been developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. Please note that some changes have been made in this call for proposals as compared to the previous two calls. Most notably with regard to the foci of the call, the additional option to have a different focus on two countries (Bangladesh and Kenya) and the reimbursable costs.

Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least one pr

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Alex Byamukama Am looking for project fund to achieve my target is 200 piglets after that I will also give homeless work mostly women and youthanyone can afford piglets needs.

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Alex Byamukama My contacts: 0781 083 690 e-mail:

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Nicole Metz dear Alex Byamukama, Interesting to read your pig breeding project is doing well. However, this type of initiative is NOT eligible for funding from the Applied Research Fund described in the post above. Possibly other interested parties could respond to your call for contacts. We wish you good luck with the breeding project. Best regards, Nicole Metz, AgriProFocus Netherlands.

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Alexis MVUYEKURE Hi, I would like to prepare and submit a proposal but I need to partner with a Netherlands organization or private. Can you advise me on how I can get their contacts?

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Nicole Metz Dear Alexis Mvuyekure, Thank you for your interest. In general, the best way to develop an eligible research consortium with both partners from your country (Burundi) and the Netherlands, is: a) start in your country first, finding the best Burundese partner(s) from practice or research to work with around the theme of your applied research; b) then contact relevant Dutch organisations or companies that are active in Burundi. You may ask your contacts in Burundi whether they are in touch with Dutch agencies. You may also get in touch with AgriProFocus Burundi to check whether they can give you some advice; c) Thereafter contact the headquarters of these Dutch organisations or companies, if applicable. I hope this helps? best regards, Nicole Metz (AgriProFocus, based in Netherlands)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 April 2016 at 12:45

Workshop on 3rd Call for Proposals Applied Research Fund (ARF)

The third Call for Proposal of the Applied Research Fund (ARF) is open for applications, and a workshop on ARF took place today in Global Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The workshop was organized by Food & Business Knowledge Platform, in collaboration with AgriProFocus Ethiopia. More than 20 participants from organizations and institutions such as Addis Ababa University, Samara University, Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), Best Practice Association, Mercy Corps, Soil & More, Grain Health, and so on attended the workshop.

Mr. Frans Verberne, from Food & Business Knowledge Platform, gave a detail presentation about ARF, its objective and application process. He also responded several questions from the participants.

In this call, fifteen projects can be granted. ARF aims at promoting research supported innovations that are readily applicable and contribute to the enhancement of sustainable food security for the most vuln

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Food & Business Applied Research Fund - Workshop

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  07 April 2016, 09:00-12:30
  Global Hotel (on Debre Zeyt Road), Addis Ababa

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and the Netherlands-based Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) invite you for a meeting on Thursday morning April 7th from 9- 12AM in Global Hotel, Addis Ababa about:

  • The 3rd Call for Proposals of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund
  • Exploring collaboration with the F&B Knowledge Platform on knowledge sharing and research in the field of food & nutrition security.

Frans Verberne, managing director of the F&BKP ( will present the outlines of the 3rd Call of the Applied Research Fund  which will be launched early April 2016.

The F&BKP would like to take this opportunity to explore collaboration with Ethiopian organizations working on food security to share your lessons learned with a wider international network of professionals working on food & nutrition security.

If you want to register for this event, please send your name(1), organisation(2), email address(3) and telephone number(4) to Meskerem Ritmeester, AgriProFocus linking &

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 March 2016 at 09:18

ILRI LIVES WORKING PAPER 10 on Village Poultry.

This study aimed at developing a baseline understanding of producers, use of inputs, production performance,marketing, institutional and infrastructural environment and support services in order to identify potential areas ofimprovement for action research and poultry value chain system development.

Baseline data on poultry production and marketing was collected from 2797 households in 10 zones, 71 districts and 484 peasant associations (PAs) in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR. Some findings:

- Majority (60%) of rural households in the study areas practiced village poultry, firstly for economic and secondly for nutritional purposes. The number of birds and eggs households sold was twice higher than consumed by the households. However, the use of birds for socio-cultural functions was less common where only limited portion of the households reported they gave out live birds and eggs as gifts.

- The scale of poultry production of the household

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