Ethiopia Agroecology Platform

moderated by Sarah Assefa

The AgroEcology Network was established by AgriProFocus and Tufts University Agriculture Knowledge Documentation and Policy Program (AKLDP) in 2016. This network has addressed issues of climate resilience and circular economy, particularly in its work to promote conservation agriculture: linking practitioners (farmer organizations and promoting NGOS) and researchers and Government to share experience, research findings, and integrate conservation agriculture into Ethiopian extension policy, based on research and experience from within the country. In 2018 the Agroecology Network will continue its work on climate resilience and circular economy. Learning and leadership events around conservation agriculture will continue. Network member interest in minimum tillage, stubble mulching and biogas will guide upcoming learning events. 

Active Steering Committee Members of this network hail from The Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB), Adama Science and Technology University, Arsi University, Mennonite Central Committee Ethiopia (MCCE), Food for the Hungry Ethiopia (FHE), Hamburg Consult, Bread for the World and Mintesenot Urban Agriculture

Announcements, publications and conversations pertaining to agroecology can be found on this online platform. Interaction on this moderated online platform is open to all - online registration on this website is all that is required. 

To join the Ethiopia Agroecology Network email list, please contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com.


sep
01

Organic Farmers' Market

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 September 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cereals, cheese, spices, herbs, greens, veggies, oil, all organic! Outside Natani Cafe's new farm-to-fork restaurant, Bole (across bole road from Millennium Hall). 

(Photo of organic produce from Holeta area farmers organised by ISD at the Organic Farmers Market in July, by Sarah Assefa)



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 August 2018 at 08:14

ANALYSIS: HOW CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IS HELPING ETHIOPIAN FARMERS BECOME MORE THAN SUBSISTENCE FARMERS

Please find an interesting article in the Addis Standard on conservation agriculture in Ethiopia. The Article is complete with discussion of good practices, a strong business case, and discussion of policy issues.

https://addisstandard.com/analysis-conservation-agriculture-helping-ethiopian-farmers-become-subsistence-farmers/

(Photo of edible cover crop seeds taken from the article itself, by Apollo Habtamu, ILRI)

nov
03

AFSA Food Systems Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 November 2018 to 05 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Dakar, Senegal

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) will hold its second biennial food system conference in Dakar, Senegal, from the 3rd to the 5th of November 2018. Please find attached the website. http://foodsystems.afsafrica.org/. Please click http://foodsystems.afsafrica.org/?lang=fr for the French version. You can also change the language by clicking the symbols on the top of the web page. Those of you interested to participate are welcome to register. 


Photo credit: https://afsafrica.org/  



shared a post in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 26 July 2018 at 12:28

Posted by Yonas Alemayehu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 12:28

Introducing AgriProFocus Ethiopia’s new youth interns

Hello AgriProFocus Community, My name is Yonas Alemayehu. I am an environmental science and sustainable development student at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. I’m currently working as an intern at APF Ethiopia. I’m interested in Agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture as it addresses food security and the relationship between climate change and agriculture. At APF Ethiopia, I’m assisting in the development of the Youth Business Challenge and also on the agroecology and urban agriculture platform development activities, as well as representing AgriPro Focus in ad-hoc external meetings and events. I’m super excited to be a member of this community!

Hi AgriProFocus members. My name is Lensa Girma. I am a new intern at AgriPro focus Ethiopia. I am specialized in bachelors’ degree in plant science from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and now I am attending my masters

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 12:25

WHY GO ORGANIC ?

A Brief Moment with Mr. Tafach Meaza and Mrs. Shetu Huba

Mr. Tafach Meaza is an organic farmer from Holeta, Goro Kerensa Kebele in Ethiopia. He is currently working as an organic farming facilitator at ISD (Institute for sustainable development). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in computational sciences from Addis Ababa University and used to be a former high school Biology teacher. He grows oranges, cabbages, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, lettuce etcetera. The reason he grows organic products is because it’s healthier than conventionally grown products. Since organic products are fresh, rich in nutrients, and free from chemicals, they can minimize or avoid the risk of cancer and other related diseases as well as can last longer with no preservatives. He suggested that people should consume organic products to lead a healthier and eco-friendly life style. He also mentioned that going organic avoids cost for chemicals and provides better taste for consumers as well as pres

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 08:36

Successful launch of farm-to-plate café and organic farmers’ market in Addis Ababa on July 23, 2018

Celebration of safe, healthy, local, sustainably produced, delicious food!

Natani Café is a family business, named after the child of one of the owners, because she believes that everyone should have access to the same good quality of food as that she would feed to her own child. The café is committed to having connection to the farmers that supply the inputs they cook, so they can know the quality of the food they serve right from the production stage on the farm, and have a win-win relationship with the farmers that supply to them. Natani Café has just been renovated, and is now open for business, continuously serving a new menu of healthy, farm-to-plate offerings.

The farmers’ market taking place right outside the café at the launch celebration featured organic greens, herbs and citrus from Holeta supplied by farmers organized by ISD, organic Cheese from Slow Food, organic

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Polivios Valendis How could we be informed about the dates and time of the coming markets?

1 week 4 days ago

Sarah Assefa Hello, We will be posting events here on the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Events page, and I will also take your contacts and share with the organizers, hopefully they will have a list of people they share announcements with in the future. 

1 week 4 days ago

jun
03

Course: Integr. Pest Mgmt. & Food Safety

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  03 June 2019 to 21 June 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Public and private standards for pesticide residues have become stricter than ever before. Pesticide residues exceeding the maximum residue limits can hamper trade between upcoming economies and the EU. Implementation of Integrated Pest Management is necessary to minimize pesticide applications. But while there are plentiful technical solutions, the application of Integrated Pest Management is still a struggle for many farmers.

The course is aimed at creating mechanisms that will support Integrated Pest Management though looking at pesticides-related policies, the role of the various stakeholders and innovative (technical) solutions. Participants will enhance their ability to identify and solve problems in Integrated Pest Management and food safety. It entails a mix of lectures, discussions, group work, excursions and fieldwork. Meeting colleagues from other countries with similar interests leads to mutual learning.

Date: 03 - 21 June 2019

Registration deadline – general: 22 April 2019

Registration dea

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 July 2018 at 01:27

Introducing AgriProFocus Ethiopia’s new youth interns

Hello AgriProFocus Community, My name is Yonas Alemayehu. I am an environmental science and sustainable development student at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. I’m currently working as an intern at APF Ethiopia. I’m interested in Agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture as it addresses food security and the relationship between climate change and agriculture. At APF Ethiopia, I’m assisting in the development of the Youth Business Challenge and also on the agroecology and urban agriculture platform development activities, as well as representing AgriPro Focus in ad-hoc external meetings and events. I’m super excited to be a member of this community!

Hi AgriProFocus members. My name is Lensa Girma. I am a new intern at AgriPro focus Ethiopia. I am specialized in bachelors’ degree in plant science from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and now I am attending my masters

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apr
08

Course: Contemp. approaches to genetic resource conservation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  08 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Large-scale production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. Worldwide, strategies are developed to conserve genetic resources for food and agriculture.

This course provides the latest development in plant genetic resources management strategies including the role of gene banks and on-farm management and relevant international policies that impact food- and nutrition security.

Date: 8 - 26 April 2019
Registration deadline – general: 25 February 2019
Registration deadline - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowship: 16 October 2018
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

For more information and online registration please visit the website:

https://www.wur.nl/en/show/Contemporary-approaches-to-genetic-resources-conservation-and-use-1.htm



jul
21

Natani Organic Cafe & Market Opening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 July 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Accross Bole Rd from Millenium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Farm-to-plate healthy food celebration will be held on Saturday the 21st of July as Natani Cafe expands to offer organic dishes, and kicks off a regular organic farmers market on the cafe premises, featuring organic farmers and their produce from Holeta (with ISD) and other organic producers. Map of location available HERE.   Invitation flyer attached. 




oct
09

Making Climate Smart Agriculture w/ Conservation Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Johannesburg, South Africa

Registration and call for papers [deadline by 15 June]

The 2ACCA will bring together politicians, farmers, policy makers, service providers, scientists and educationalist from Africa and the rest of world, along with financing organizations, and others stakeholders to identify the best solutions for all regions to support the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063. The 2ACCA, as the forum for the continental Conservation Agriculture Community to support the transformation of African agriculture, will be organized and consolidated as one of the most important meeting on the continent dealing with agricultural change as desired by the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063.

Click this link to find more information and guidelines on paper submission. 

More information can be found on the official 2ACCA website: https://africacacongress.org/



jun
01

Emergent Strategy Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 June 2018, 17:45-19:00
  Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC, AAU) Lideta

On Friday May 28th, at the Swedish Pavilion of EiABC, Sarah Assefa will lead an interactive workshop based on the principles of Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown on how we can incorporate natures wisdom into our work to build more sustainable lives. We will learn from ants and trees and skin and starlings lessons such as adaptation, resilience, non-linear change processes, interdependence, etc. We will look for nature’s lessons from our life experiences, and look for ways to apply those lessons in our work to build a more sustainable food systems and cities.

Knowledge of sustainability is not enough for sustainability to be functionally woven into our lifestyles. Realizing sustainable lifestyles requires a movement: personal and interpersonal transformation is required to build sustainable systems. 

Photo credit: wired.com

Event flyer attached




Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 01:42

Stakeholder Workshop on Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is participating in the Official Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document and to jointly plan implementation together with regional governments on 29-30 May 2018 at Rift valley Hotel, Adama.

HE Dr. Kaba Urgessa on behalf of the new Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Ato Shiferaw Shigute introduced the workshop and new published strategy. In line with CRGE and the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of Ethiopia, a soil strategy has been developed, with interests of improving productivity as well as conserving soil and water conservation.

Introduction of Ethiopian soil strategy to regional governments and soliciting feedback, official inaugurate the strategy and layout the roadmap for the implementation are the main objectives of the workshop.

The Ministry of Agriculture and especially the Soil Fertility Directorate are inaugurating the finalized Soil

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oct
09

2 ACCA : Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by  ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:

  • 2ACCA will contribute to catalysing increased action on the uptake and scaling-up of the CA-based climate-smart agriculture systems and practices, in general, and CA systems in particular across Africa. In this way, the outputs of the 2ACCA are expected to be more than just proceedings, but knowledge and information, policy and institutional advice and guidance, and participatory farmer and community engagement to meet defined goals.
  • The congress outcomes include more knowledgeable and informed stakeholder constituencies and institutions to meet Agenda 2063, SDGs, and COP 21 and 22 agreements. Specifically, the Congress will, for many, bring out new knowledge and information on CA systems and practices - Information/data/experiences and lessons - highlighting issues and circumstances that enhance or hinder effective CA dissemination and uptake in diff

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 May 2018 at 04:33

When not to use pesticides  (2m video) 

East West Seed Company shared its newsletter with a short video stating 5 situations in which pesticides are no use.

https://mailchi.mp/eastwestseed.com/when-should-a-farmer-not-use-pesticides-monthly-newsletter-may-2018?e=e833e3e10f

 



apr
03

FAO Agroecology Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 April 2018 to 05 April 2018 - All Day Event
  Rome

There is a broad consensus that agroecology can be instrumental in achieving a wide range of policy, environmental and food security targets, from sustainability related goals to the reduction of rural poverty.

Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018.

This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences, while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.

The Symposium will take a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend, from policy-mak

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 21 March 2018 at 07:18

Agroecology

Agroecology is an umbrella term for many different practices that have the systems approach in common.

All agroecological practices contribute to a more resilient, coherent and cyclic system for effective use of soil and water, nutrients, seeds, plants, animals, sun, rain, temperature and organic matter. The core of agroecology has to do with increasing capacity for location specificity in practices that influence local agroecological systems.

Climate resilience and circular economy are important issues in agroecology.

In 2018, network members seek to promote integration for sustainable agriculture in the following areas:

- Integrated soil fertility management

- Integrated pest management

- Agrobiodiversity

- Institutional integration

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:27

Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology Course Delivered in Addis Abeba

The Agroecology Platform collaborated with the University of Padova (Italy) and with Catholic University (Ethiopia) to make the 6-day Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Agroecology course (Jan 22-27) a success, contributing particularly through expertise of the network members on the first day and by organizing the field visit to a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm on the 6th and final day of the course. On the opening day of the course three Agroecology network members made presentations:

• Dr. Fentahun Mengistu of AKLDP presented What is Agroecology? Issues and Examples from the Ethiopian context

• Dr. Zewdie Kassa of AAU presented on Ethiopian Agrobiodiversity

• Dr. Hailu Araya of Pelum Ethiopia presented recent Research Findings on Agroecological Practices in the Horn of Africa

AgriProFocus organized Agroecology Network member participation and the field visit learning activities. About 35 professionals p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:16

Degraded Land Transformed into a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm

Over the course of 9 years Seblewongel Sedesse has created a productive organic farm and biodiversity sanctuary on 10 hectares of formerly barren and degraded land situated near Holeta, Ethiopia. 

When Seblewongel acquired her land it was covered with gullies, Eucalyptus stumps and no vegetation. Since then, she has rehabilitated the land naturally, by manually removing the Eucalyptus stumps, levelling the gullied land, applying mature chicken and cow manure, and promoting natural regeneration with indigenous plants such as agam and kaga. A new stream has sprung up on her property as a result of her land rehabilitation efforts.

At this time, over 4000 species have been documented in Seblewongel’s botanical garden. Her organic farm produces indigenous varieties of wheat as well as potatoes and teff. She also has livestock - goats and mixed-breed cows - from which she raises organic meat, and makes traditional cheese.

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Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa It is a very nice job!!! I want to visit the Botanical Garden. Would you please attach the google map of the Botanical garden?

5 months 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thank-you Kflay. Please contact Seblewongel Sedesse at sebleorganic@gmail.com or 0911664588 to visit. Best regards!

5 months 3 weeks ago

Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Thanks Sara

5 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 19 December 2017 at 08:55

Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

Now updated and available for download here.

A practical reference guide for implementing permaculture techniques that are specific to tropical climates. It is a gift of ‘permaculture knowledge’ from Timor Leste to the region.

A complete permaculture guide for anyone to read and apply. Enables sustainable food production and food sovereignty. Facilitates climate resilience, and environmental regeneration. Empowers communities and secures livelihoods. 18 easy to follow chapters, 900+ pages with over 2000 detailed illustrations. More chapters will be added as they become available.


The book chapters are divided into three volumes with the following sub-themes:

  • Volume 1: Permaculture and people
  • Volume 2: House and garden
  • Volume 3: Regenerative agriculture

From WithOnePlanet Climate Change Education.


Alazar Michael Thanks, but where to find ?

7 months 3 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa You have to click the link where the word"Here" is in the first line of the article, or go to this page: http://withoneplanet.org.au/permaculture-guidebook/

7 months 3 weeks ago