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,... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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!
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:
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... Read more
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: email@example.com
if you would like to secure your place for this event.
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... Read more
Dear Members here are job opportunities if you are interested find here:
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
Program Officer, Addis Ababa,
Closing date (Aug 22, 2017)
Please find the full information here
Youth Development Advisor, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Closing date (Sep 30, 2017)Please find the full information here
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
“… 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.
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.
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... Read more
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry for the inconvenience ,because of security problem there we will postponed the visit, let you know the exact date on email.
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