Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.
The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.
The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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.
(Photo of edible cover crop seeds taken from the article itself, by Apollo Habtamu, ILRI)
With the Brighter Living Scholarship, DSM will offer 4 scholarships to young leaders from Zambia and Ethiopia, who are working in the field of nutrition, towards eradicating malnutrition and tackling the issue of food security.
The scholarship builds on the Africa Improved Foods (AIF) partnership, which is an innovative public-private partnership making nutritious fortified foods locally in Africa for Africa with the objective of ending malnutrition. AIF is a partnership between DSM, IFC, CDC, FMO, Government of Rwanda and the World Food Programme. A short video by CEO and 2018 OYW Counsellor Feike Sijbesma on the start of this partnership can be found here.
Who should apply:
In line with the expansion objectives of DSM/AIF to more African countries, this scholarship seeks to support young leader
Analysis: Agricultural Intensification for Sustainable Development
The writer thinks achieving sustainable development in developing countries like Ethiopia calls for the adoption of a set of diversified Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) practices. The analysis continues:
"Since the Ethiopian economy is mainly dependent on the productivity of smallholder farmers, this makes SAI, which is an increase in agricultural production per unit of inputs, the order of the day.
According to, Dr. Tagel Gebrehiwot of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), tripling food demand from 2010-2050 is going to become a major challenge in Africa. Ethiopia's domestic demand for cereals in 2050 will be 2.62 times higher than was in 2010.
Referring to the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy of Ethiopia, Tagel says agricultural land will need to expand by 3.9 percent per year in order to achieve the growth targets set for the agricultural sector from 2010-2030.
Under the Business as... Read more
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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
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
Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, but there is water in Gergera. 20 years of restoring its hills and river valley has brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north.
Gergera watershed covers 1382 hectares in the kebele (Ethiopia’s smallest administrative unit) of Hayelom in Atsbi-Wonberta district in the eastern zone of Tigray.
Read the full article from The Gardian
Photograph: Cathy Watson/ICRAF
A presentation on the history of Ethiopian agricultural policy and institutions shall be given by Dr. Demese Chanyalew on Friday April 28th at 3:30 pm at Africana Restaurant and Bar (Carl Square, near the South African Embassy). After Q&A pertaining to the presentation subject, participants are invited to network over drinks. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Demese is an independent consultant based in Addis Ababa with over 25 years of research and consulting experience covering agriculture sub-sectors, and agriculture sector-wide analysis and policy. His clients include UNECA, USAID, World Bank, COMESA, EU, AfDB, international NGOs, UNDP and FAO. Dr. Demese’s analysis and reviews have shaped the Ethiopia CAADP program, and he remains a key resource person for REDFS and donors involved in agricultural development and food security in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD from Kansas State University.
This event is organized by the Agroecology Network and its lead partners, Ag... Read more
I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the worksho... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya. The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries.
· To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.
· To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.
The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national dir... Read more
Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates, the world’s largest phosphate exporter, has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a $3.7bn fertiliser plant in the east African country.
OCP, which is 95 per cent state-owned, said the deal was among the largest joint ventures in Africa between two developing economies and would create one of the world’s largest fertiliser facilities, with an initial capacity of 2.5m tonnes.
CIMMYT organizes a one-day workshop on “Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: the role of zinc and agronomic biofortification to improve nutrition in Ethiopia,”.
This workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Getfam Hotel, starting at 9:00 a.m.
The workshop has two objectives: (1) present key research results on potential of zinc agronomic biofortification in Ethiopia, and (2) conduct interactive sessions that will allow participants to contribute to the enrichment of the current understanding as well as guide the future direction of the project’s next phase. Your active participation is highly appreciated.
1. National Consultant for Economic Development Sector - 17 November 2016
2. Regional Program Leader (ILRI) - 2 December 2016
3. Senior Learning Advisor (Tufts University) - 30 November 2016
4. Regional Nutrition Project Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016
5. Regional SBCC Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016
6. Regional Project Manager Livelihoods/Agriculture (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016
By Lyndal Rowlands
Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
"All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture," Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO said.
"The good news," he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.
The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.
The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared to f... Read more
On behalf of
SMIS, AgroBIG and One Acre Fund, I am pleased to invite you to:
The Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016
The aim of this Forum is to share our project results, plans
and research and explore the potential for future collaboration in the Amhara
region. The Forum will have presentations from a variety of organisations
working in Amhara. Topics will range from value chains to crop production, from
gender to marketing and export. In addition the Forum will have workshops,
great food and drinks, music and of course the possibility to network. The
Forum will be held in the Jacaranda Hotel, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia. Advanced
registration is a must so please make sure you register today at Eventbrite.
We are making a conference booklet about all the visiting organisations. Please send us your logo and a story of max. 300 words about your organisation before the 28th of November.
If you have any questions about the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hanneke van Veghel a
Coffee and Welcome
Ministry of Youth Presentation on Latest GTP II plans to engaging youth in on-farm and off-farm employment activities
AgriProFocus presentation of findings of "Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project"
Interactive activity to map how different actors contribute to engaging youth in agribusiness
Discussion of how to increase synergy amongst actors to better engage youth in agribusiness
We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016.
The programme you can find HERE and it is promising!
The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to email@example.com and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet. Su... Read more