Gizaw Legesse

Communication Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am Communication Facilitator for AgriProFocus Ethiopia.

Previously I worked as a Journalist at Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, for about four years as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a columnist.

I am also a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Webmaster. I have a vast experience in writing Articles, preparing reports as well as legal documents.

I graduated from Unity University with LLB Degree in Law.

Apart from the above, I am now developing my experience in event organizing and facilitating in AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 September 2017 at 05:24

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (RE-ADVERTIZED)
(Deadline Friday 29th September, 2017 17:00 hours EAT)

Organization profile

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation) is an international non-governmental organization working towards a world in which people can live with dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. Our core values are justice, compassion and stewardship.

ICCO Cooperation has four thematic focus areas including;

• Economic Empowerment

• Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

• Responsible Business and

• Humanitarian Aid.

To strengthen its operation, ICCO would like to invite qualified applicants for the following positions for Ethiopia Country Office.

Position 1:

Job Title: Microfinance Field Specialist

Job summary: The Microfinance Field Specialist will support the Microfinance advisor and be responsible for implementation of the agri-finance product development and value chain finance interventions under the STARS program.

Reports to: The Micr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 September 2017 at 04:57

Meet Dr. Demese Chanyalew at the Business Drinks

He is an agricultural economist who has devoted himself in research, academic and consultancy works for over 40 years. As a lecturer, consultant and trainer, Dr. Demese Chanyalew has served in various governmental and non-governmental, public and private, bilateral and multilateral organizations, including the United Nations. He has published a number of articles and books. A 2015 book entitled “Ethiopia’s Indigenous Policy and Growth: Agriculture, Pastoral and Rural Development” is his major contribution with nine hundred pages of critical observations and analysis.

And yet, a few weeks ago, he published another book called “The Quest for Change: Ethiopia’s Agriculture and Pastoral Policies, Strategies and Institutions”. We invited Dr. Demese to have an Extended Pitch at the next Business Drinks event jointly organized by AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) to be held on 28 September 2017

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28

Next Business Drinks - You're Invited

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 September 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

What's New in the 5th Business Drinks?

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the fifth Business Drinks of this year which will be held on Thursday 28th September at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

- To promote yourself an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 September 2017 at 02:13

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

መስከረም ፩ ፥ ፳፻፲ (September 11, 2017)

AgriProFocus Ethiopia wishes a happy and prosperous year to all its members and partners! May the year be that Ethiopia fully achieves resilience against drought!

Dorina Prech Happy new year to you too Gizaw Legesse

2 weeks 18 hours ago

Wim Goris ..  and the rest of the team !

2 weeks 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 September 2017 at 06:04

Deepest Condolences for friends, colleagues and family members of the renowned Ethiopian Soil Scientist - Prof. Tekalign Mamo

We just learned that Prof. Tekalign Mamo passed away. It is a very sad news to bring to all members and partners of AgriProFocus Ethiopia. On behalf of our members and partners, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Here is a short profile of extracted from FAO:

Prof. Tekalign Mamo, a 1985 graduate in soil chemistry and fertility from Aberdeen University in Scotland, bears many mantles of a successful researcher, academician and leader. Prior to his current role as State Minister and Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, he has served as Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture (2005-2010), State Minister of Agriculture (2004-2005), Vice President of Haramaya University (2004), and senior researcher and Director of research (1985-1999).
He has published over 75 scientific papers and book chapt

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 September 2017 at 08:14

Smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change and determinants of their adaptation decisions in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Abrham Belay, John W. Recha, Teshale Woldeamanuel and John F. Morton

Abstract

Background

The agricultural sector remains the main source of livelihoods for rural communities in Ethiopia, but faces the challenge of changing climate. This study investigated how smallholder farmers perceive climate change, what adaptation strategies they practice, and factors that influence their adaptation decisions. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study, and a multinomial logit model was employed to identify the factors that shape smallholder farmers’ adaptation strategies.

Results

The results show that 90% of farmers have already perceived climate variability, and 85% made attempts to adapt using practices like crop diversification, planting date adjustment, soil and water conservation and management, increasing the intensity of input use, integrating crop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 September 2017 at 12:44

Hunger crises will escalate unless we invest more in addressing root causes

UN food agency chiefs visiTed drought-hit Ethiopia

“It is essential to invest in preparedness and provide farmers and rural communities with knowledge and tools to safeguard themselves and their livelihoods. We’ve witnessed here that saving livelihoods means saving lives - it is people’s best defense against drought” said Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO.

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), made their plea after they visited projects that treat dwindling herds to limit further livestock deaths and met drought-affected people receiving food rations.

All three agencies are working closely with the Government of Ethiopia to eliminate hunger in the country. In meetings with Deputy Pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 August 2017 at 09:45

Seeds, not diamonds, will make Africa great

BY Kanayo Nwanze

. . . My vision for Africa’s future is not built on a foundation of extractive industries. These riches have not translated into wide-ranging job creation, or social welfare and stability. They have not fed hungry people. They have not reduced poverty.

I see Africa’s economic growth predicated upon unlocking and fully tapping into the potential of smallholder farmers who make up 70% of our population. When I insisted for many years that small-scale farms were as much businesses as large-scale operations, my views were considered at best romantic and at worst foolish. I am glad to note that the concept of smallholder farms as a business has become commonplace today. . .

Ethiopia, for example, has reaped huge benefits for the last two decades from visionary leadership and by honouring its development commitments. The government set up the growth and transformation plan (GTP) to bolster smallholder farmers’ productivit

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for sharing  this article with us.i think it can help for our agriculture development!

3 weeks 14 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 August 2017 at 02:29

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

(Deadline Friday 8th September, 2017 17:00 hours EAT)

Organization profile

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation) is an international non-governmental organization working towards a world in which people can live with dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. Our core values are justice, compassion and stewardship.

ICCO Cooperation has four thematic focus areas including;

· Economic Empowerment

· Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

· Responsible Business and

· Humanitarian Aid.

To strengthen its operation, ICCO would like to invite qualified applicants for the following positions for Ethiopia Country Office.

Position 1:
Job Title: Finance and Administrative Officer (FAO)

Job summary: The FAO is responsible for the content of budgets of the programs and country budgets as well as overseeing the financial management and administration of the country office.

Re

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 August 2017 at 12:32

Feed Supplement Production made of Fish Fossils and Shell Powder

Extended Pitch at the 4th 2017 Business Drinks

On July 27, AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) organized the fourth Business Drinks of 2017. These Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness community in Ethiopia to create an informal networking and an opportunity to meet and greet among relevant stakeholders. On this last event over 50 participants attended and got the chance to meet with others and to listen interesting pitches. In the first round we listened two pitches from Assegid T. Gedamu of HEKS-EPER and Ahmed Mukred of Gasco Trading PLC.

HEKS-EPER is a Swiss based development organization, working in Ethiopia since 2003. Thematic areas include food security/ food sovereignty, market systems, water development, and pastoralist livelihoods development. Capacity development and resilient building are two major str

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 12 August 2017 at 11:48

We believe Youth in #Ethiopia can bring change! Let's involve them more! 

Celebrate the International Youth Day - 12 August 2017

#IYD2017 #YouthDay @AgriProFocus  

Joshua Godwin Hello guys,Am Joshua Godwin from Tanzania current working as the manager at the Tea farmer association,i would like to welcome you all  and know more about our us

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:24

Grant Opportunity for organizations engaged in youth programs 

Deadline for Proposal Submission: 21 August 2017

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce an opportunity for local non-profits and non-government organizations engaged in youth programs to administer the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Alumni Engagement Project. 

The award amount is a maximum of $25,000 with an implementation period of up to one year. 

Read more: et.usembassy.gov

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:17

Researchers in Wolaita Sodo managed to eliminate the "stranger American" maize pest

Assistant Professor Dawit Dalga had been working on researching the pest, and he said the new chemical was tested on farmlands in 14 villages and proved successful. The pest is locally being called the "strange American pest" because it made its way into Africa from the Americas.

More on: 

Fana Broadcasting Corporate (Amharic)

Anadolu Agency

Picture: aa.com.tr

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2017 at 02:36

Are you Young with Innovative ideas?
Apply for BlueMoon's Incubator Program

BlueMoon is seeking amazing, out-of-the-box, disruptive, highly innovative, scalable, and potentially transformational ideas from youth interested in Ethiopian agribusiness. 

 Twice a year, they run a national competition and accept a small number of startups (5 to 10) into their on-site 4-month program based in Addis Ababa. They accept two batches every year which run February to May (Belg Batch) and August to November (Kiremt batch).

The deadline for the current competition is July 28, 2017

Please read more and apply at www.bluemoonethiopia.com

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 07:39

“I want to be a key player in the battle towards the realization of food and nutritional security"

Breaking Ground: Dagne Wegary at a busy intersection on the maize value chain

BY Mike Listman / July 19, 2017

He has been involved since the early 2000s in promoting quality protein maize (QPM). The grain of QPM features enhanced levels of lysine and tryptophan, amino acids that are essential for humans and certain farm animals. Wegary took part in a CIMMYT project that supported the release of five new QPM varieties.  

Read the full Article from CIMMYT 

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

2 months 6 days ago

Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

2 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 04:40

Barley for brewing: Improved malt for Ethiopia’s beer industry

Ethiopian researchers are collaborating with local breweries to produce improved barley varieties, reduce malt imports, and increase farmers’ incomes.

By Andualem Sisay Gesesse  

As demand for beer continues to rise in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Ethiopian breweries are providing improved malt barley seed varieties to local farmers. Geletu Tafa, who farms 5 ha in Arsi Tiyo district, is one of over 20,000 smallholder farmers producing improved malt barley varieties, such as ‘Traveller’ which originated from France, for Heineken Ethiopia.

“After I began using Traveller seed, my production on 1 ha has increased to 6-7 t from 2.5-3 t. The money I get from selling 1 t of the new variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around €38) from around 600 birr I used to earn 3 years ago from other crops such as wheat and other barley varieties,” says Tafa.

Read the full Article from Spore Magazine.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 02:49

Innovation Fund: 2nd Call for Projects (from ENTAG)

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers.

The Innovation Fund runs from September 2016 to December 2019. It will provide financial and technical support to at least 32 projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria.

The Innovation Fund is managed by the Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). ENTAG falls under the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT), which is implemented by Wageningen University & Research from The Netherlands and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.

Deadlines and Schedules

16 July 2017 - Announcement of call for projects

18 August 2017 - Deadline for submission of concept notes

29 Sept 2017 - Announcement of selected concept notes

27 Oct 2017 - Deadline for submission of proposals

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27

Business Drinks: You are Invited!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  27 July 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: 4th of 2017  

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the fourth Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 27th July at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

- To promote yourself and your organization u

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aug
01

Fourth Poultry Platform Meeting at Bishoftu

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 August 2017, All Day Event
  Bishoftu

Dear poultry stakeholders

You are warmly invited to the fourth Poultry Platform meeting to be hold on Tuesday August 01, 2017 in Debre-Zeyit Bin international hotel. This, the 4th poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

• Discussion on current Challenges of Biosecurity and vaccine failure in and around Debre –Zeite area and possible solutions

• Introduction and field business tour of new poultry slaughtering and processing company.

• Experience sharing with one private poultry farm

Besides the poultry farmers and micro enterprises all important stakeholders of MoLF, Oromia livestock and fishery development bureau , Investment bureau, Debre Zeite city administration MoLF office and others important stakeholders in related to the a

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