Sarah Assefa

Country Network Facilitator

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 agriculture, and I offer training in AgriProFocus-style gender in value chain analysis.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 December 2018 at 12:57

Youth Learning Visit to Climate Smart Agriculture Practice in Southern Ethiopia

On November 28th and 29th, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) invited youth from AgriProFocus' Youth in Agricultre and Agroecology Networks to learn from project and community experience in implementing climate smart agriculture (CSA) around Doyogena in Southern Ethiopia. 

Youth had the opportunity to learn about watershed management, climate smart livestock, and home gardening. Please see the video below to learn about where some of the visiting youth came from, and what they considered to be highlights of their CSA learning visit.  

AgriProFocus and the youth that had the opportunity to participate in this learning visit are very grateful for the commitment to youth capacity building and inter-generational learning demonstrated by the CCAFS Programme and by ILRI. We would like to encourage more agriculture proj

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dec
18

Collect Seedlings at School Garden Digging Party

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 December 2018, 09:30-11:30
  Makdala School, Biserate Gebriel (on Victory road, accross the street from the INSA office)

2 Opportunities for Urban Gardeners - School Gardening & Vegetable Seedling Collection! 

1. Come collect vegetable seedlings - Florensis has donated 3,000 seedlings to urban gardens! There are mostly tomato and watermellon seedlings. You can collect seedlings from your garden on Tuesday morning at Magdala School Garden.  

2. Help students at Magdala Public School to dig their garden bed, together with gardening expert Mr. Eskinder Mulugeta who working to grow food secure schools in Addis Ababa. Learn and work together on Tuesday morning! 

Makdala School is a public school in the Biserate Gebriel neighborhood of Addis Ababa, accross the road from the Ethipia Network Security Agency (also known as ENSA, see map via this link). 

To collect seedlings or help students dig their garden, please call Mr. Eskinder: 0904399009.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 December 2018 at 02:45

Youth participate in the 2018 Arboneth Conference, Addis Ababa

Arboneth (an abbreviation of Arboretum-Network-Ethiopia) is a network of forestry sector experts and practitioners, hailing mainly from Ethiopian and German universities, but also including other concerned stakeholders such as the development wing of the Orthodox Church and Bread for the World working to strengthen church forests in Ethiopia, forestry sector projects such as GIZ’s Biodiversity and Forestry Program, ILRI, UNESCO the Succo Foundation and Unique-Nabu working on biospehere reserve development, and others, including Agriprofocus which helped to bring in the perspectives on youth engagement in the forestry sector.

At the present time, there is lots of conflict (e.g. in Western Ethiopia in the Guji and Gedo area), and in the urgent interest of peace, there is current talk in the Commission of Environment and Forest about distributing forest land to demonstrating youth. There is a very important question on

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nov
26

Youth Climate Smart Agriculture Field Learning Trip

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  26 November 2018 to 27 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Doyogena, near Hosana, Ethiopia

Youth learning visit to youth practice of climate smart agriculture and landscape management

ILRI with support of AgriProFocus is organizing a field visit for staff and partners and also for 50 youth who are interested to learn about climate smart agriculture practice by young farmers. The site is to Doyogena, near the town of Hosena. The ministry of Agriculture will be selecting 25 of the youth participants, and AgriProFocus the other 25. ILRI will cover the costs of youth participation.

Young climate resilience enthusiasts to register to participate if they are interested and available. Participants should be either youthful (between 15 and 35 years of age) and interested to benefit from practical exposure, and connection with other youth interested in agriculture and sustainability.

To apply to participate, please fill out this short online registration form by Wednesday November 21st. 



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! 

nov
15

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. 



nov
22

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 Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 04:36

Assessment of Public and Private Agri-Skills and Agricultural Extension Services Delivery System in selected woredas in Arsi, West Arsi and West Shewa Zones in Oromia region in Ethiopia


The attached research presentation was made and delivered presented by Mr. Sebsibie Zuber in collaboration with Mr. Victor van der Linden at the September 3 and 5 SPCC 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: http://fs-ethiopia.com/


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:  http://fs-ethiopia.com/


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 12:21

Nutrition, youth and mental health

World mental health day recognized with an event about youth and mental health in Addis Ababa

"Globally, 65% of people suffering from mental health challenges are youth," explained Mogus Mogussie, founder of AHA Psychological Services in Addis Ababa.  "There are many factors that can trigger mental health challenges. Youth face all kinds of pressures that can increase their propensity to suffer from mental health difficulties, including unemployment. Severe disorders with genetic roots are most likely to reveal themselves between ages 12 and 24. Almost one out of every three persons in Ethiopia is under the age of 26, so the mental health of our youth should be a big concern to us." 

W/ro Martha Tesfaye explained, "Poor maternal and childhood nutrition can increase the likelihood of troubles with mental health."  

"Its ok not to be ok," was one of the messages of the celebration of World Mental Health Day at Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Abab

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:03

‘Women in Science, Business and Leadership for Development’   

Call for Papers: The 2nd Mekelle University International Conference

Globally, despite efforts, not only that women are disproportionately represented in science, business and leadership, but also that, currently, women sexual harassment are rampant in many industries in developing and developed countries. Women have low involvement in Science and Research. Women in power and decision making (both political and non-political) are very rare. The African, with special focus to Ethiopia, the situation gets worse. Hence, the status of women shows that there are plenty of gaps, which require systematic and strategic interventions. 

Themes of conference: 

*Institutional and political/transitional justice issues around promoting the involvement of women in science and development 

*Women in science and innovation: Challenges and opportunities 

*Women in business and leadership: Challenges and opportuniti

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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 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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 August 2018 at 08:47

Beverage Industry Visit to Castel Winery, Ziway, Ethiopia

As part of the Hawassa University’s Nutrition and Agro-Inudstry Conference, a visit to Castel Winery was organized on Wednesday August 15, 2018.

On the site of the winery, 10 species of grape are grown: 5 white & 5 red, which are grown internationally as well. Grapes are grown for three main products: raisins, wine and table grapes. At this time only 6 varieties are used in production of wine, more will be used in the future. In the future it may also be possible to process grape seed oil, which is valuable and has many uses e.g. for eating and in the beauty industry. Leaves of the grape are also edible.

This winery has very little post-harvest loss or waste as all value addition (production to packaging of the final product) all occurs on one site. The one bi-product is compost, an organic agricultural input. Out of concern for quality control, however, the winery is not using recycled bottles at this time.

The Castel Windery has

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 August 2018 at 08:20

Meat Industry Visit to Frigorifico Boran Foods PLC, subsidiary of Allana Foods in Tulu Dimtu, Ethiopia

As part of the Hawassa University's Nutrition and Agro-Inudstry Conference, a visit to the largest exporter of halal certified meat in Africa was organized on August 15th, 2018. Frigorifico Boran Foods is located in Tulu Dimtu, near Ziway. Having a capacity to slaughter 3,000 cattle and 6,000 goats daily, this Indian company represents an 80 Billion USD investment. The company decided to invest in Ethiopia because Ethiopia has the highest population of livestock in the continent, and the fourth largest livestock population in the world. Core products include chilled and frozen goat and cattle carcasses.

Annually Ethiopia exports millions of live animals, and with them, we export all the jobs and bi-products associated with animal slaughter. Local value addition in the meat sector is very important for jobs and foreign exchange. “At Frigorifico Boran Foods, our only un-used bi-product i

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Worku Janka Negawo Wow that is great thank you Sarah:) 

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Worku Janka Negawo I watched the video of the plant and I am really very excited. I didn't think there was that big abattoir in Ethiopia. What a great investment:)!

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sep
22

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

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/  



aug
16

Nutrition & Agroindustry Business Drinks, Hawassa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  16 August 2018, 17:30-19:00
  Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia

Special Business Drinks in Hawassa at Haile Resort, Thursday August 16th

Agriculture sector professionals with an interest in nutrition and agro-industrial development are welcome to participate in this networking event. Registration to participate in this event is required. You may contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com to register. 

This event is organized as a side event of the International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference organised by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition of Hawassa University, and made possible by AgriProfocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). 

For more information on the International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference, or to participate in agro-industry visit to meat processing and beverage processing facilities on August 15, you may contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com.   

(Photo Credit: Haile Resort Hawassa, www.expedia.com)