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Why don’t farmers use locally-available feed resources? Some IPMS reflections for Tanzania

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
In a visit LIVES team made to Tanzania, we came across a farming system which included crops and livestock components: rice, sunflower, dairy and meat cattle. There are also sunflower oil processors and rice mills in the nearby town that sell by-products (oilcake and rice bran) to traders outside of the…

Agriculture / East Africa / Ethiopia / IPMS / Knowledge / Livestock / Marketing / Value Chains

Video: IPMS Ethiopia – project approaches and experiences, 2015-2012

This video highlights approaches and experiences of the Improving productivity and Market success (IPMS) of Ethiopian Farmers project that operated in four regions of Ethiopia from 2005-2012. IPMS, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), was a research for development project implemented by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Dairying / Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / IPMS / Knowledge / Livestock / Marketing / Uncategorized / Value Chains / Women

Improving the productivity and market success of Ethiopian farmers: Final IPMS project report published

Just released, the final report of the Improving the Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS) project gives an overview of project activities and results between 2004 and 2012. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), this project aimed to transform smallholder subsistence farming to a more commercial-oriented agricultural system. The project used … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / IPMS / Knowledge / Value Chains

Portable papier-mâché displays to disseminate IPMS products

In its last year of implementation, the Improving the Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) of Ethiopian Farmers project promoted and shared its outcomes, lessons and good practices in commodity value chain development at different levels and locations. To do so, different tools and means were used.  For those well-established organizations/institutes with library space and facility, the … Continue reading

Africa / Dairying / Ethiopia / ILRI / IPMS / Livestock / Marketing / Value Chains

Smallholder dairy development lessons in Ethiopia synthesized by IPMS project

This working paper from the Improving the Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS) project synthesizes project experiences with smallholder dairy production and marketing systems in Ethiopia. Dairy production is an important component of livestock farming in Ethiopia. The huge and diverse livestock population, varied and favourable agro-ecology for dairying, increasing demand for dairy … Continue reading

Africa / Ethiopia / IPMS / Livestock / Sheep / Small ruminants / Value Chains

Sheep fattening value chain development lessons from Ethiopia

This case study from the Improving the Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS) project focuses on the development of smallholder market-oriented small ruminants value chain in Goma woreda. It documents diagnostic results and value chain interventions and provides proof of results (proof of concept), challenges and lessons learned to be considered for scaling out. Traditionally, … Continue reading

Dairying / Ethiopia / Gender / IPMS / Women

IPMS-supported women’s dairy credit and saving cooperative hosts international visitors

On the 11 January 2013, the Babo Gaya Saving and Credit Cooperative leaders and members in Ada district, Oromia hosted participants from the IFPRI-ILRI workshop on Evaluating the Impacts of Agricultural Development Programming on Gender Inequalities, Asset Disparities, and Rural Livelihoods.  The cooperative was initiated by 19 women 11 years ago; it now has 96 … Continue reading

Africa / Dairying / Ethiopia / ILRI / IPMS / Livestock / Marketing / Value Chains

Smallholder dairy development case study demonstrates power of value chain linkages in Ethiopia

This IPMS case study reports on project experiences with Smallholder dairy value chain development in Ada’a woreda, Ethiopia. In the past decades, public sector support for dairy development in Ada’a mainly focused on dairy production and supply of inputs/services, with limited involvement of the private sector and partners. There was also no clear distinction between … Continue reading

Ethiopia / Extension / ILRI / IPMS

New release from IPMS: A guide to market-oriented extension services

This guide is the latest output of the IPMS Ethiopia project. Authored by Berhanu Gebremedhin, Samson Jemaneh, Dirk Hoekstra and Ponniah Anandajayasekeram, it helps raise awareness about the importance of market-oriented extension and ways to build capacities to provide this service among those who work directly with farmers and their organizations, and small-scale rural enterprises. … Continue reading