Sewmehon Tamiru

AgriProFocus

Addis abeba, Ethiopia

About Me

Hi, I am intern in AgriProFocus Ethiopia at Addis Ababa office. I am working in Agroecology and Youth in Agribusiness platforms. My job is to provide you with all the necessary updates about the platforms, assisting the facilitator in event organizing.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 01:07

Agroforestry and Rain Water Harvesting Field Visit at Bolo Silase Kebele (Arerti), Menjar

27th October 2017

The Agroecology platform of AgriProFocus Ethiopia hosted a field visit to Menjar area Arerti woreda, BoloSilase kebele.

Bolo Silase kebele of Arerti woreda, has a soil type of silty loam, temperature ranging between 18-33°C. The livelihood of the area is mixed agriculture and livestock Like other parts of the country it is also characterized by rain fed agriculture the cash crops are teff, wheat, chick pea, barley, fruits and onion.

Now-a-day’s climate change is a boundless problem in every corner of the world so the farmers needed to practice soil and water conservation techniques widely. In order to capable of being resilient to environmental shocks they built water harvesting pond and practicing other NRM techniques. In that kebele earthen ponds were built at family level having a capacity of 84 – 129 cubic meter of water and at community level having a capacity of 1,

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Sarah Assefa ASTU seeks support to further research the impact of algae on water conservation in water holding ponds. All farmers in the area are using this algae, and the water beneath it remains cool in temperature. It is unsure how much moisture is saved by the algae presence, and how much water is lost by transpiration through the bodies of the algae. Please contact us if you would like to assist ASTU to further this research! (Sassefa@agriprofocus.com)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 12:17

Dr. Fentahun on Fall Armyworm (FAW) Control in Ethiopia

Agriculture Knowledge Learning Documentation and Policy (AKLDP) Project

26th October 2017

For the Agroecology platform's new Agroecological Weed and Pest Management Working Group, Dr Fentahun from AKLDP presented the overall situation related to the new pest, Fall Army worm (FAW). He also shared a technical brief focusing on the characteristics of the pest, agro-climatic conditions and agro-ecological consistency affecting FAW, and management options and on suggested action points for the FAW in the context of Ethiopia.

Fall Army worm has existed for more than 150 years in Central, Eastern and South America. It is able to attack up to 186 crop species from a wide variety of families. It reproduces quickly and is able to travel far and fast, adult moths flying up to 100 km/day. It was identified in Ethiopia in February 2017, and due to its quick reproductive nature and favorable environmental conditions, it has now present in 8

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Sarah Assefa Dr. Fentahun Explained that most potential pests are checked by biodiversity in nature:  upon loss of ecological balance, insects become pests.  "Agroecological pest management seeks to restore the immunity of the agro-ecosystems by improving nutrient and energy cycling in the system (right from the level of the health of the soil) and by improving the agro-ecosystem biodiversity."Wheras botanicals available at this time are not often enough to kill FAW alone, they can be helpful in strengthening agroecological ecosystems to resist such pests and can be used in combination with other pest management techniques. 

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Sarah Assefa With regard to Conservation Agriculture, the research has conflicting findings about maintaining crop residues on the soil in addressing FAW: some advocate clean cultivation as a means of controlling the pest, however other publications have findings that do not support this. There is no conclusive finding.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2017 at 12:01

Dr. Georg Dichert on the GIZ Framework for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)

26th October 2017

For the agroecology platform facilitated by AgriProFocus, Dr George Deichert from GIZ SLM made a presentation differentiating between Agroecology, CSA, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Modern Agriculture and other forms of agriculture. He focused on CSA and outlined a framework for rating the degree to which activities can be considered climate smart.

CSA (like agroecology) is defined as more based on principles rather than directive recommendations as per Conventional and Modern Agriculture. The three CSA pillars are adaptation, mitigation and production. GIZ developed guidelines to assess the degree of climate smartness of activities by scoring a range of economic and environmental parameters. It is important to note that sometimes production is weighted so heavily that activities termed as “climate smart” may not actually have true adaptation aspect: increase in productivity (a

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 18 October 2017 at 02:50

EDUKANS with Development Expertise Center (DEC) hosted a full day workshop at Ghion Hotel on 11th October 2017

The workshop was aimed at celebration of 10th year of DEC and sharing the Edukans developed 7-STEPS, a tested formula that builds sustainable links between the local labour market, schools and training institutions. The result? Young people gain skills through relevant and high-quality education, while employers get the highly-skilled personnel they need.

Ato Teshome Lemma the State Minister of TVET Agency also gave a brief explanation about the general situation of the TVET sector of Ethiopia. The minister also quoted our aim is to "creating coherent based TVET sector in formal and non formal ways"

At the event there were also a group discussion on the 7-steps of Edukans.

Please watch the video and read more about the steps here

Training and Education for a better future!


oct
27

Conservation Agriculture & Mechanization Field Visit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  27 October 2017, All Day Event
  Menjar - Melkassa

The event will take place at 7:30 am - 6:00 pm on October 27th, 2017 Friday , leaving from Addis Abeba Stadium to Menjar and to Melkassa and then back to Addis Ababa.

The program consists of viewing rainwater harvesting around Menjar, and Conservation Agriculture Mechanization technology at Melkassa Agricultural Research Center.

The space is very limited only for 35 persons.If you want to participate please register via this link:



Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 21 September 2017 at 12:40

COTTON WITHOUT HIGHLY HAZARDOUS PESTICIDES

Ethiopian experiences in growing high quality, high yield cotton using Agroecological methods

Background

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

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oct
11

Youth Learn4Work Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  11 October 2017, All Day Event
  Addis Abeba

Workshop tackling youth unemployment!

• Inspiring speakers from the private sector and field of TVET

• Interactive and practical sessions to learn more about a market-driven approach

•Discussions on the seven steps of Edukans

• Networking with different stakeholders

• Meeting young people who benefit from Edukans Learn4Work projects

Spaces are limited, so please let us know via this email: learn4work@edukans.nl   

if you would like to secure your place for this event.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 September 2017 at 02:14

Book Release: The Quest for Change - Ethiopia's Agriculture and Policies, Strategies and Institutions

This book outlines briefing the reader to existing agriculture, pastoral and related policies and strategies with synoptic descriptions which are informed by the latest five-year development plan, i.e., the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II). The book is designed to help policy and strategy analysts have a quick reference and a swift guide for dialogue in their endeavors to study policies and strategies in the agriculture and allied sector. It also has a reasonable coverage on institutional issues. This book may also help policy makers and those implementing policies, strategies and programs give answers for questions of change that may originate from various actors and stakeholders. The book may also be used as a reference and a guide to direct different questions that might have been raised in various forums and need to be channeled to policy and strategy dialogue and r

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 25 August 2017 at 12:27

AFRICA’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGE: NEW PERSPECTIVES (IDS Bulletin)

Youth comprise roughly a quarter of the world’s population, and in many countries, especially in Africa and South Asia, young people make up nearly a third of the            population. Because of this, not only do nations in the developing world share high age-dependency ratios – the ratio of dependents (people younger than 15, or older than 64)
to the working age population (those aged 15–64) – they also have large populations under the age of 15. Projections suggest that a billion more young people will enter the job market over the next decade. Cleland and Machiyama (2016) present key demographic projections between 2015 and 2050 for sub-Saharan Africa. A critical result to note is continued population growth, albeit at uneven rates across age groups and urban–rural strata. Total population is expected to more than double. Given such trends, it is cr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 August 2017 at 08:50

New Job Opportunities


Dear Members here are job opportunities if you are interested find here:


Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

Program Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Closing date (Aug 22, 2017)  

Please find the full information here 


VSO International

Youth Development Advisor, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Closing date (Sep 30, 2017)

Please find the full information here

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 10 August 2017 at 01:27

Youth development and entrepreneurship in rural Ethiopia 

Reflections from the Young Lives and WIDE longitudinal research projects by Dr Alula Pankhurst and Catherine Dom

AgriProFocus facilitated Dr. Alula Pankhurst Presentation on Rural Youth Dev. & Entrepreneurship

On June 1st 2017, a fireside chat event organized by AgriProFocus and BlueMoon Ethiopia was held at BlueMoon Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa.

Dr Alula Pankhurst and Catherine Dom provided their insights on youth transformation to adulthood and independence, Young women’s economic participation and successful youth entrepreneurship.


Please find the power point slides here

Some highlights from the presentation:

Work & community transitions: unleashing youth potential

• Youth work transitions affected by limited land access, un(der)employment leading to tensions between generation and siblings

• Non-agricultural youth cooperatives more successful; youth cooperatives faced problems of credit, training, leadership, management and compe

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 August 2017 at 02:05

Agroecology for Food Security and

Nutrition

Proceedings of the FAO International SymposiuM

Our global food system is at a crossroads. Agriculture must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition – against a backdrop of population growth, increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. While past efforts focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach. We need to shift to more sustainable food systems – food systems that produce more, with less environmental cost. In many countries agriculture has been seen as an enemy of the environment, but there is increasing recognition that a regenerative, productive farming sector can provide environmental benefits while creating rural employment and sustaining livelihoods. Agroecology offers the possibility of win-win solutions. By building syn

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 31 July 2017 at 12:07

Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet?

As agricultural production across the world is increasingly threatened by climate change and overpopulation, some farmers are exploring radical alternatives like agroecology – which might just be the answer to global hunger

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

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 27 July 2017 at 01:41

Better and Different!

Transforming Food Systems through Agroecology

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

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 26 July 2017 at 01:50

Agroecology: sustainable land use

“… 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.

The full article is found here:

Sarah Assefa Lovely! Please add the first part of the asserted quote! Nice link, I want to learn to better respect the ground that I walk on, the ground that feeds me!

2 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 24 July 2017 at 12:31

2nd Annual Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day Challenge

Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 35? Do you have a passion for youth participation in the transformation of agribusiness in Africa?

Here is your chance to win sponsorship from the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and partners to represent the youth from your country at the 2017 edition of the 5th October “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” during the forthcoming 2017 Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo that will run from the 4th to the 6th of October in Dakar, Senegal.

How to participate

1. Get acquainted with the history of the “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” and the “Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo”. Do your homework on global business incubation, opportunities in ICT integration in agribusiness, AAIN core investment areas, the 2017 theme of the African Union, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and Agenda 2063.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 July 2017 at 09:03

Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture

Why investing in small scale agriculture?

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 July 2017 at 08:41

AgriProFocus hosting an event Young Women Can Do It on Friday 21st July at Holeta


In collaboration with Development Fund of Norway and Young Women Can Do It , we host a visit to Holeta.


Janine Schoeman Dear Sewmehon Tamiru  thank you for posting this event. When you post it as an event, instead of a normal post like this one, it is also shown in the calendar which gives it more exposure. You can create an event the same way as creating a post, but than select the tab 'event'. If you need assitance my colleague Gizaw Legesse Kind Regards Janine

4 months 3 weeks ago

Sewmehon Tamiru Okay Janine thanks !

4 months 3 weeks ago

jul
21

Young Women Can Do It

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 July 2017, 02:00-09:30
  Holeta

Postpone Event

Dear Our Members,

We are hosting a visit to Young Women Can Do It on Friday 21st July at Holeta , if you are interested register : sowmictam@gmail.com

Sorry for the inconvenience ,because of security problem there we will postponed the visit, let you know the exact date on email.

Please find the Flyer HERE



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:47

AgriProFocus facilitated the Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture

In Ethiopia tree seedling are planted every year but the survival rate is very low. The Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project was organizing a tree competition event aimed at speed up tree planting with a higher rate of survival. The Surviving Tree Competition and tree planting activities took place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture (a youth-run integrated urban farm, with permaculture vegetable plots, poultry, pigs, sheep and cows) hosted a tree planting event on the side of Kebena river. The event were opened by the song by the Ethiopian Environmental Club children on Endemic trees, Global warming, River health and Sustainable development continued from the song indigenous tree seedlings like Cordi Africana (Wanza), Croton (Bisana), Juniperus Procera (Tsid) , Olive (Weyra) etc from seedling supplier at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources were planted. Peace and Green also pro

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing this article Sewmehon! It is really nice to get a feel of what the day was like, keep it up.

4 months 3 weeks ago