This quarter AgriProFocus facilitated two sustainable value chain workshops in Ethiopia: one on mapping soil fertility value chains for the Fertile Grounds Initiative held in Ziway, and one on mapping tree seedling value chains for GiZ at Menagasha. Members of the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.
The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkits was used in both instances; workshop participants were supported to identify social, economic and environmental constraints and opportunities to the core and extended value chain of specific agricultural products (highland tree seedlings, lowland tree seedlings, compost, biochar, vermicompost, biofertilizer, and green manure seed).
Feedback from the tree seedling value chain workshop was very positive, feedback from the soil fertility workshop has yet to be compiled. The youth from the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness platform that participated in both workshops were agripreneurs from Mintesenot Urban Agriculture, Blue Moon, and a representative from the Agriculture Knowledge Learning and Documentation Project (AKLDP) of Tufts University. All were enthusiastic, and their comments included the following:
"What we learned here definitely helped us with thinking through our business plans"
"The value chain constraints and opportunities that we learned from other actors in the room will help us be more strategic in our agribusiness development"
"Value chains seem complicated when you read about them, but when you actually map your chain yourself it is really simple!"
"More agripreneurs should have this chance to map their value chain together with the other actors and support service providers of their value chain."
Both value chains workshops were accompanied by field visits and practical skills building training for actors (including visit to a compost producer, and training in preparation of grafted fruit trees and bamboo propagation).
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