Sarah Assefa

Assistant Linking and Learning

Ethiopia

About Me

Passionate about sustainable business. Trained in environmental science and policy, economics and ecology. Experienced in green cooperative business development, environmental research, and capacity building for corporate social responsibility. With AgriProFocus I facilitate innovation communities on subjects of agroecology, youth in agribusiness, and I offer training in AgriProFocus-style gender in value chain analysis.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:01

AgriProFocus Facilitates Mapping of Soil Fertility and Tree Seedling Value Chains

This quarter AgirProFocus 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 AriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.

The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the by 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 09:31

Projections have Ethiopia shifting from 20% urban to 60% urban in 50 years... so window gardening may become more and more important for nutrition of urban populations.

Ted talk by Britta Riley on window gardening available via this link.

jul
09

How to plant trees that survive

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 July 2017, 09:00-11:30
  Mintesenot Urban Agriculture, Kasanchis - Kebena, AA

Tree Planting, Songs by the Ethiopia Environment Protection Club and Launching of the Surviving Tree Project!

The survival rate of trees planted from seedlings from some local tree seedling nurseries is estimated to be as low as 20% in the first 1-2 years after planting. The Surviving Tree Project seeks to promote the survival of planted tree seedlings through knowledge, and a competition in which the team of tree planters with the highest rate of tree survival get a cash award. (The design for this competition is inspired by the incentive scheme practiced by Wangari Maatha's Green Belt Movement).

The launch of the surviving tree project will take place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture, an integrated farm on the Kebena River of Addis Abeba, that is run 100% by youth members creating jobs, healthy food and promoting environmental protection in their community.

Program

9:00 am - Welcome

9:15 am - Songs by the Ethiopia Environment Protection Club composed on the following themes:

Endemic tre

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 3 July 2017 at 02:34

Conservation Agriculture Event Proceedings

Conservation Agriculture techniques (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

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 3 July 2017 at 02:32

Conservation Agriculture Event Proceedings

Conservation Agriculture techniques (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

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jun
02

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 discussi

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apr
28

History of Agroecology in Ethiopian Agriculture Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 03:30-05:00
  Africana Restaurant and Bar, Carl Square, Addis Ababa

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 sassefa@agriprofocus.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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 April 2017 at 03:27

Indigenous Agroecology in Konso, Ethiopia

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 April 2017 at 03:09

Farm Africa Seeks a Programme Manager for Integrated Approach to Improving Rural Livelihoods

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.


mar
30

Unlocking the Potential of Ethiopian Soils for the SDGs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  30 March 2017 - 09:00 to 31 March 2017 - 17:00
  EIAR, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Annual conference of the Ethiopian Society of Soil Science. Event open to old and first-time dues paying members.



Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 15 March 2017 at 12:19

Declaration and Way Forward from the Addis Abeba Conference on Food Systems

Representatives from our Agroecology Network participated in the conference entitled, “Changing Food Systems in Africa: Agroecology and Food Sovereignty and their Role in Nutrition and Health, that was organized by AFSA, IFOAM, AfrOnet and partners and held last November in Addis Abeba. Attached please find two outcomes of that conference - a declaration from the conference, and a document outlining the strategic way forward.


Posted By in Soil Management Network
Posted 4 February 2017 at 01:19

Monpellier Panel Report on Soils in Africa

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%

People affected: 21 million, equal to 29% of the population

Hotspot characteristics: high population pressure on land and forests, farming on steep slopes and frequent food crises caused by unreliable rainfall

Loss of topsoil: one billion tons annually

Soil productivity losses: at least 20% over the last century in large parts of the country


ANNUAL COSTS

Soil erosion and nutrient loss from farming and grazing: $106 million

Deforestation: $23 million

Loss of livestock capacity: $10 million

Total: $139 million or equivalent to 4% of GDP


You can read the whole Montpellier Report here: http://ag4impact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/MP_0106_Soil_Report_LR1.pdf

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 1 February 2017 at 10:56

AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform members are on air this afternoon!

Tune in to 104.7 fm at 4:00pm to hear about opportunities, challenges and trends facing youth in agribusiness in Ethiopia! Interviewees include members of Mintesenot Urban Ariculture and the AgriProFocus youth interns that conducted the Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project.

Wim Goris hope you can tape this for further use !

5 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 31 January 2017 at 02:40

blueMoon announces selection of #BegaBatch17 - top 6 youth agribusinesses

Addis Ababa, 25 January, 2017

blueMoon, Ethiopia’s first youth agribusiness incubator, today announced the results of its National Competition to select the top six youth agribusiness startup teams for its first incubator program batch, #BegaBatch17, that will start in February 2017.

“We selected 6 startup co-founder teams out of 122 applicants to our Call for Applications in early December, or a 4.9 % acceptance rate, which means it is already more difficult to get into our program than into Harvard or Stanford University,” stated Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder and ceo of blueMoon, “it was an amazing and humbling experience to see the talent and energy coming out of Ethiopia’s youth today. As we had hoped, we got applicants across a broad range of agri-related businesses and from across Ethiopia, from Bahir Dar to Jimma to Benishangul-Gumuz to Jijiga to Hawassa, with ideas for various types of agro-industrial p

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feb
07

ECHO East Africa Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 February 2017 to 09 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

ECHO East Africa Symposium

February 7-9th, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania

Potential topics are listed below:

- Conservation Agriculture

- Horticulture

- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques

- Best Livestock Practices

- Good Development Practices

Speakers for the sessions will include presenters from around East Africa.

For more information or to register, follow this link.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 January 2017 at 02:34

አስር ፍትሀዊ ግብይት መርህዎ

Amharic Translation of Fair Trade Principles now available

An Amharic translation of the ten WFTO principles of Fair Trade was developed by the Environmental Science and Sustainable Development Students of Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. Please find the full translation in the PDF attached. Viva sustainable business!


Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 4 January 2017 at 10:05

ECHO East Africa Symposium

February 7-9th, 2017 Arusha, Tanzania

Potential topics are listed below:
- Conservation Agriculture
- Horticulture
- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques
- Best Livestock Practices
- Good Development Practices


Speakers for the sessions will include presenters from around East Africa. 

For more information or to register, follow this link.

Janine Schoeman Hi Sarah, please post this as an event, that way it shows up in the calender as well. Thank you!

6 months 2 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thanks Janine!

6 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 2 January 2017 at 12:50

Regional Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Europe and Central Asia

Recommendations from the participants

23-25 November 2016 - Budapest


Recognizing the role that agroecology can play in achieving food security and reducing malnutrition in the framework of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, FAO organized the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome in September 2014. Following this International symposium, FAO has taken the initiative of convening multi-stakeholder Symposia at the regional level.

In opening, H.E. José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of FAO highlighted the importance of exploring the transformative potential of agroecology:

“Business as usual is not an option. We have to innovate and transform agriculture. We need to be more productive using less resources. We need to generate less environmental impact. And we have to go beyond sustainable intensification. Increasing the efficiency of farming (

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 November 2016 at 11:25

Youth in Agribusiness Workshop in Nairobi 

Day 2: Together we are building a Youth in Agribusiness Strategy for APF Global! Many common objectives to increase youth engagement in agribusiness are being distilled, and turned into result-oriented activities for our joint strategy.  

Anne Marie Kortleve Looks impressive! I am curious to hear and see the results!

7 months 4 weeks ago

Mugisha Richard The meeting was really timely for it provided ample space for experience sharing and Learning. Especially as we are moving a way from organizing activity based to programmatic approach 

7 months 4 weeks ago

Mugisha Richard A lot of insights were shared and we now have clear take home learnings for example:how to organize a youth caravan 

7 months 4 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi, congratulations for the youth team! Look forward to know the results and applied them in here...

7 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 24 October 2016 at 01:26

FDRE Ministry of Youth and Sport Presentation on Youth and agribusiness employment in GTP II

Ato Matias Asefa of the FDRE Ministry of Youth and Sport shared some of the achievements in terms of youth and employment in GTP I, and some of the targets for youth and agribusiness in GTP II . Please find attached the pdf of this presentation, which was shared with the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform on September 16, 2016, in Addis Abeba.  

Of note, "Youth constitute 70% of the population of the country. Every year, 2 million people become 'youth' (ages 15-29) in Ethiopia." 

In GTP II the government aims to create 3.5 million on-farm employment opportunities, and engage 2.8 million youth in off farm activities over the next five years.

The ministry expressed great willingness to collaborate with other actors to maximally achieve the plans for youth and agribusiness employment set forth in GTP II.