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... Read more
After the well prepared wastes are fed to the composting bin or heap, the steps are:
1.Aeration, to supply oxygen and remove CO2;
2.Mixing the compensate for irregularities in the compost heap and to renew the structure for better aeration;
3.Moistening of dry material to improve microbial activity;
5.Manual removal of impurities to improve the quality of the compost before marketing or use.
It may be necessary to prepare the compost for transport, storage, sale, and its application. The other products of the composting process are waste air, and drainage water (when the material is very wet) that are required to be properly disposed.
In commercial establishments, where composts are processed for marketing, a lot of post-processing is done to improve compost quality and life. The impor... Read more
Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about uses, challenges and potentials of organic nutrient sources was among the core objectives of a regional workshop by the Fertile Ground Initiative and CIAT held in Nairobi 12-13 September 2016.
The workshop “Compost for Sustainable Agriculture – facts, myths, potentials and business opportunities” addressed quality and quantity issues linked to the use of such resources, and how and if they can make existing farming systems more sustainable. It discussed the quality of compost samples that were gathered and analyzed beforehand; and discussed several existing and possible business models for resource recovery. More than 50 participants from different sectors including research, NGO’s, governmental organizations, private sector (mostly from the composting sector), networks and platforms with differe... Read more
Why are you interested in soil health?
Soil is the basis of everything as the food we eat, the energy and medicine we use are derivatives of soil, soils through their structure and the great variety of species they host, perform numerous functions including food production, nutrient and water storage, filtering, detoxifying and pu... Read more
Also the Catalogue that has profiles and activities of the Organizations involved in the Ethiopian Soil Campaign, Ethiopian Soil Week. Please find it below.
Which organisation or Agri-business is interested to join the Fertile Grounds Initiative in Ethiopia? It is a concerted action to link the supply - organic waste producers like farms factories and households- to the demand: farmers that need nutrients and compost. all this to improve food prodction and food security. Please read the website and contact Christy van Beek through the contact form on https://www.wageningenur.nl/en/project/Project-Fertile-Grounds-Initiative.htm
On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 November we had a most interesting Theory of Change workshop on soil health management, organised jointly by the Fertile Grounds Initiative and APF Ethiopia. With about 16 participants, from different organisations, all involved in soil health management, we jointly made a VISION for 2024. After that we designed pathways of change involving all necessary actors. it will probably lead to a programme. The Vison: