In order to support and accelerate the mainstreaming of AgroEcology in Ethiopia, Tufts University /AKLDP together with AgriProFocus have initiated this Platform for Knowledge exchange on AgroEcology topics during 2016 and 2017. The main reasons are (1) the demand among many different stakeholders for such a programme of knowledge and experience exchange and (2) the wish to accelerate the adoption of AgroEcological practices.
You can register to become a member of this platform via this link: Agroecology Platform Registration Form. Only your name and organisation will appear on the member list below.
For more information, please contact Sarah Assefah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cotton is grown by smallholder farmers and large commercial farms in Ethiopia’s southern Rift Valley. Production can be challenging as the crop is prone to attack by a wide variety of pests, especially African Boll-worm Helicoverpa Armigera and sucking pests like White flies and Aphids. Farmers have to manage these and other pests effectively to gain decent yield, profit from their cotton and most have relied on the use of synthetic pesticides for pest control. Cotton farms mainly use older Organophosphate, Organochlorine and Carbamate insecticides, many of which qualify as Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs), including Endosulfan, Malathion, Carbosulfan, Dimethoate and Dicofol (Table 1). Endosulfan is a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) listed for global banning under the Stockholm Convention since 2011, yet remains widely in use by... Read more
Value addition can come in many forms. In South Africa, with the Wildlands Trees for Life Programme, community-based tree seedling growers (many of whom are youth) trade their seedlings for food, water tanks, and small business loans. Read more here.
Attention: "Surviving tree project" team from the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Network, that has been studying tree seedling value chains in Ethiopia - this may be of interest!
By Henrietta Moore (Director of UCL Institute for Global Prosperity)
You wouldn’t necessarily know it, but right now Africa is facing a food crisis. With Brexit, global terror attacks, the war in Syria and the seemingly endless string of sporting fixtures vying for our collective attention in 2016 so far, the fact that up to 50 million people across east and Southern Africa are at risk of hunger seems to have largely escaped mention.
The continent has been wracked by drought following one of the strongest ever El Niños. And while a natural phenomenon is the immediate cause, however, Africa’s food security has been undermined over recent decades by the rise of mono cropping – the planting of
Agroecology is not merely an agricultural approach that reduces the need for pesticides and fertilisers, recycles plant remains and harnesses biological processes to grow food. Rather, agroecology emphasises a particular perspective vis-à-vis our relationship to nature. Around this perspective, a social movement is growing, which encourages peer-to-peer exchanges of information between farmers. The chief goal being to develop locally adapted solutions for peasant farmers that work with the available resources.
The agroecological perspective invites us to embrace the complexity of nature and to see this complexity not as a liability, but as an asset. Farmers are discoverer: he or she proceeds experimentally, by trial and error, observing what consequences follow from which combinations, and learning from what works best in their local context. So-called ‘modern’ agriculture did the exact opposite. It sought to... Read more
“… The man begins to assert, as he learns to respect and understand the ground he walks on.” Atahualpa Yupanqui
It is common to consider soil as an inert, lifeless, made only for minerals. But hundreds of species of animals, plants, fungi and bacteria are found inhabiting soil and they play a very important role in the ecological and environmental balance.
The reality we seldom fail to see is desertification is progressing slowly. This process involves the degradation of environment in general and soil degradation in particular due to climate changes but mostly due to human activities. The problem with these degraded soils is a slow recovery and the great effort to reverse this situation.
This report will aim to increase knowledge, awareness and discussions about investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture among farmers’ organization, NGOs, institutions and investors working in agriculture, especially in developing countries. Also provides facts about the current situation for the investments in and support for small-scale sustainable agriculture.
Most of about 800 million people suffering from hunger and extreme poverty are peasants and their families. An estimated 2 billion of the world’s poorest people live in households in developing countries and depend on agriculture in some form for their livelihoods. Small-scale food producers – farmers – provide the food to the majority of the world population. They also constitute the largest group of “economic active people”. Small-scale farmers are facing many challenges, not only financial resources and... Read more
(or "CA" for short) include minimum
tillage, use of cover crops, crop rotations and associations, and use of crop residues to
build soil fertility and health.
On June 2 in Addis Abeba, 17 presentations sharing practical CA experience and research from 5 regions in Ethiopia were made, interactive and participatory question and answer sessions where held with panelists, and demonstrations of mechanization for CA in Ethiopia were displayed. The Soil Fertility Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources announced the status of their visionary work to integrate CA into extension policy.
CA successes and challenges identified by practitioners and researchers were discussed. Solutions for dilemmas such as integrating livestock with CA, use of herbicides in weed management, etc. were debated.
Proceedings from this event are attached.
This event was organized by three partners of the Agroecology Pla... Read more
Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, but there is water in Gergera. 20 years of restoring its hills and river valley has brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north.
Gergera watershed covers 1382 hectares in the kebele (Ethiopia’s smallest administrative unit) of Hayelom in Atsbi-Wonberta district in the eastern zone of Tigray.
Read the full article from The Gardian
Photograph: Cathy Watson/ICRAF
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.
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 discussi
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 email@example.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, Ag... Read more
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, circul... Read more
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.
Annual conference of the Ethiopian Society of Soil Science. Event open to old and first-time dues paying members.
At the Farmers' Conference Center in
Kenya, Prolinnova is presently holding a training on Participatory Innovation
Development (PID) in farmer-led agricultural research. This training involves
techniques for building appreciation of the roles that farmers play as
scientists and researchers, and ways that multi-stakeholder platforms can be
built to support farmers in developing and sharing farmer innovations. PID is a wonderful approach for agroecologically appropriate technology development: innovations begin with context-specificity.
This training is designed to build capacity for the Promoting Local Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (PROLIFaNS) project they are now implementing in Ethiopia, Ghana Kenya, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Beyond the scope of this project, participants of this training are committed to sharing PID approaches with other interested farmers and organizations working with farmers in their home countries... Read more
A report by ILEIA brings together the insights from a landmark meeting on building the agroecology movement. Over 70 individuals shared the fruit from decades of hard field work, research and activism.
They came together to discuss factors for successful amplification of agroecology, as opposed to traditional ‘scaling up’, and identified key lessons from their work.
The four day Agroecology Learning Exchange took place in Uganda and was organised by the AgroEcology Fund and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa in May 2016.
ILEIA facilitated the event, and also compiled the rich insights of the meeting in this new document.
You can download the report via this link.
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%
Hotspot characteristics: high population pressure on land and forests, farming on steep slopes and frequent food crises caused by unreliable rainfall
Soil productivity losses: at least 20% over the last century in large parts of the country
Soil erosion and nutrient loss from farming and grazing: $106 million
Loss of livestock capacity: $10 million
Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the global population grows, so too does the demand for food – requiring production increases and potentially even greater impacts on the environment. Widespread land use and agricultural practices must change to reduce these losses. Yet, behavior change in this field is often inhibited by lack of awareness of solutions and of biodiversity’s value for the agricultural sector.