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), CAFOD, Food for the Hungry Ethiopia (FHE), Hamburg Consult, Bread for the World , Mekelle University, 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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 January 2019 at 02:02

Ecological Sanitation - Composting Toilet in Construction at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture in collaboration with Goldeimer

Kebena,  Addis Ababa

The rivers of Addis Ababa serve as a default sewer system and dumping site for a very significant quantity of Addis Ababa's residential and industrial waste.  At the same time, the river banks of the city are one of the most-used sites for urban agriculture. It is not surprising that chemical and biological contamination is a common constraint to safe and healthy urban food systems. (I recently learned that my home is connected by pipe directly to the river in my neighborhood, and the same is true for many other Addis Ababa residents). 

Mintesenot Urban Agriculture is a youth-led urban farm, established by a group of young residents of Kebena, who decided to clean up and afforest the river banks, and start growing food and keeping livestock to make affordable quality nutrition and youth jobs available to neighborhood residents.&nbsp

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Posted By in Ethiopian Home Gardens Network
Posted 3 December 2018 at 01:52

Permagarden Technical Manual 

Technical interactive and practical permagardening manuals, appropriate for East and Horn of Africa context are are now available in the recommended reading section of this Home Gardens page, or via these links: Technical Permagarden Manual First Edition and Second Edition.  These manuals were prepared by the TOPS Program in collaboration with USAID and Mercy Corps. 

Throughout the world, households struggle to produce enough food because of
low yields that result from poor soil fertility, little access to water, and a lack of
access to inputs. In addition, climate change, poverty, illness, poor governance,
and inefficient markets all contribute to the difficulty of households becoming
food secure. Food security development programs continually seek solutions to
increase the availability, access, and utilization of safe, nutritious food for the
millions of household members who suffer from malnutrition. Often, programs
propose the promotion of home garde

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Sarah Assefa Thanks Etsehiwot for this material! Thanks Anne-Marie for helping us to make these large files available! Please interested parties, contact myself or Etsehiwot to join the Home Gardens or Agroecology Netowkrs. Sincerely, Sarah

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 November 2018 at 12:28

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day - Cultivating Collaboration

On Thursday November 22, 2018, AgriProFocus Ethiopia celebrated its Annual Network Day to strengthen the relations between AgriProFocus and its members and among the members themselves. The central theme of the Network Day was “Sustainable and inclusive agribusiness in Ethiopia”. Over 120 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event and our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programs. We also thank our guest presenters (including in the afternoon parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and provide their perspectives on sustainable commercial agriculture and agroecology to our network members.

What happened during this big event?

In the Morning . . .

The morning session began by an overview of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia network achi

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 11 November 2018 at 03:22

Short film about agroecology in Africa from AFSA

What is agroecology is, and what is the way forward? In a nutshell...

Thanks to Million Belay for sharing with our network. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 November 2018 at 02:40

Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals

Please read full article in The Conversation discussing the study by CYMMIT here.

Thanks Askale Aderaw of CAFOD for sharing with the Agroecology Network! 


Storm Water Management Demonstration Celebration

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 November 2018, 00:00-00:01
  Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, AAU, Lideta, Addis

Ethiopia, known as "the water tower of Africa," faces several constraints in terms of timely access to water of sufficient quality and quantity. Excess water, especially in urban areas with ample impervious surfaces, is another recurring challenge. Practical examples of stormwater collection and filtration can help us overcome such challenges, for both agriculture and urban development. 

On Thursday November 15th, such practical examples will be open for demonstration at AAU EiABC, courtesy of urban ecology experts such as Dr. Kumelachew Yeshitela. The stormwater management demonstration featured this day is the fruit of a collaboration of the Addis Ababa University Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development and the University of Michigan. 

For more information, or to request an invitation letter, please contact  251913225971. 


AgriProFocus Ethiopia - Annual Network Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 November 2018, 08:30-18:00
  Azzeman Hotel, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In this full day event, AgriProFocus Network members will have the opportunity to network, promote their work in the agriculture sector, and learn together about sector trends and new tools for sector development. 

More specicfically this event features the following activities: 

* Keynote presentations on food security in Ethiopia, research findings on gender in agriculture, and developing markets for sustainability in agriculture. 

* Breakout groups with presentations and discussions on sustainability in commercial agriculture, and on  agroecology.

* Workshops on tools for addressing gender in agricultural value chains, and on maximizing your online communications with the AgriProFocus website and social media. 

* Launch of the Youth Business Challenge!

* Networking over booths and drinks.

Please find full program attached. All AgriProFocus Ethiopia members are welcome to participate, but they must register via this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 November 2018 at 01:15

Agromisa Agrodok Special issue on pesticides and poisoning

Agrodok 29: Pesticides: compounds, use and hazards

Pesticides are still being used and this handbook makes an important contribution to how they can be more safely used. It explains what pesticides are, how they are categorised and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Spraying is discussed, as well as types of sprayers, dosage and how equipment should be maintained. Considerable attention is given to the human and environmental hazards of pesticides and the importance of carefully following directions for use and safety measures. This information is reinforced by the inclusion in an appendix of the FAO International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides.

AgroBrief: Pesticide Poisoning

The AgroBrief Pesticide Poisoning deals with the hazards involved in working with pesticides. It is aimed at farmers who have little access to information on pesticides use. It gives an overview of how to prevent problems as wel

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Sarah Assefa Thanks Wim, really interesting. Available for download, but correction - not free (5-10 euro) e.g. Pesticides: compounds, use and hazards: ... still very helpful indeed, however. 

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Nardos Zeleke Belachew Good Job winHow can I get it in Ethiopia?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 04:15

SPCC research findings: Access and Sustainable Use of Agrochemicals in the Malt Barley Value Chain

The attached research presentation was made and delivered presented by Mr. Sorsa Debela in collaboration with Mr. Victor van der Linden at the September 3 and 5 research validation workshops in Holeta and Asela on behalf of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia. 

For more information on Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, for more information, please see their website:

Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 24 September 2018 at 03:58

Highlights of panel presentation and discussion

Feeding the Planet through Agroecology September 22, 2018

Terra Madre Salone de Gusto 2018 Slow Food Festival, Turin Italy

What is agroecology?

“Agroecology includes biodiversity, traditional knowledge, and holistic management of land and natural resources,” according to the moderator, Christana Peano from Italy.

Why should we be concerned?

According to Maxime, in the last 20 years humanity has extracted more recources than it has in the rest of history. Clearly, the extractive nature of our lifestyles, and our food is not sustainable.

In India’s experience of the Green Revolution, adoption of chemical inputs and hybrid seed has rendered farmers heavily dependent on external inputs and subsidies from outside. Despite great diversity of food systems, 1/4th of the hungry in the world are in India. In the last 15 years, 2.5 million farmers have committed suicide due to debt and desperation.

Carlin Patrini, president and founder of the slow f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 September 2018 at 08:39


Genesis farm was established a couple of years ago by a Dutch entrepreneur who started off with a vegetable farm in Debre Ziet, Ethiopia. Through imported seeds from Holland and by making good use of the circumstances in Debre Ziet, this farm grew high quality crops for which a big market existed and expanded production and activities. Local people were involved in crop production and were stimulated to improve their own lives with good and healthy food. The Farm is currently engaged in a year round production of vegetables due to availability of water from boreholes as well as dairy, poultry, horticulture, feed production and several ornamental flowers, plants and trees.

Currently the farm has expanded and engaged in many activities and links with other local farms. Vegetables are still being grown where seeds are imported and the crops grow at more than 100 hectares of the farm. Drip Irrigation system is used for the growing of crops. Besi

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Sarah Assefa Thanks! I am curious about the sustainability aspect of the farm - other than conserving water with drip irrigation, how is the farm demonstrating agroecological principles? 

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Worku Janka Negawo Thank you Yonas for great presentation of Genesis Farm:) It really gives a lot of inspiration to visit this farm. I visited the farm in 2010 with my students and we learnt a lot about integrated farming from our observation. 

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 13 September 2018 at 12:20


A Brief Moment with Mrs. Alem Greiling

Mrs. Alem Greiling is an agriprenuer and a nutrition expert with a background in Chemistry (BSc) and Food engineering (MSc) from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She was a former Nutrition Advisor at Save the Children US and has also acquired a rich experience in the field by working as a nutrition advisor for various local and international organizations working in nutrition programs. She is currently engaged in the growing and market supply of organic oats, production of cereal bar which are targeted for young children in schools and cereal mix (Teff, Oats honey, sesame and other plants and fruits) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under her own established business venture, NUTRI-DENSE. She has been promoting her products at the organic farmers market for the second time now. She explains that oats traditionally known as ‘Aja’ but completely different is an unusual seed only found in limited locations in Ethiopia.

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 31 August 2018 at 03:20

Conservation Agriculture Practice by Coffee Farmers around Jimma and Mizan

Some of the highest quality coffee in the world is grown in Ethiopia. Practice of conservation agriculture in the coffee sector promotes sustainable resource management, as well as maintains coffee quality and reduces labor associated with the crop management.

Conservation agriculture has three primary elements, and all of these are demonstrated in forest coffee:

1. Minimum soil disturbance

2. Permanent Soil Coverage

3. Crop integration

The famous forest coffee of Jimma and Mizan is grown under shade trees. Temporary shade from fast-growing trees like sespania and castor (gulo) are grown together with coffee seedlings until larger, higher-canopy shade trees (such as Acacia abyssinica, Abbiza gummifera, Cordia africana etc.) have the chance to grow and protect the coffee trees.

When grown on hillsides, rows of verifier grasses keep terraces in place, promoting water retention and reducing soil erosion, while also providing biom

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Organic Farmers' Market

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 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


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.

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


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. Please click 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. 

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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


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?

5 months 1 week 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. 

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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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