Girana-1 Sorghum Farm at Raya Kobo WeredaWednesday, 11 March 2015 14:15
Adaptation of horticultural crops at Holeta RCWednesday, 11 March 2015 14:06
Demand-Based Technologies for Agropastoral CommunitiesFriday, 27 February 2015 14:31
Mirimir NewsletterWednesday, 28 January 2015 14:10
SARD-SC wheat project annual review and planning meeting organized by EIAR, in which 12 countries participate, is being held at Beshale Hotel.Read more...
Agro-weather Advisory Tool for Climate-Smart Agriculture
Informing Farmers to Increase Productivity, Manage Weather-Induced Risks and Improve Food Security Agriculture plays leading role in Ethiopian economy, providing food and generating revenues. However, agricultural productivity varies greatly by region due to climate risks of which daily, monthly and seasonal weather (intra-seasonal variability in temperature and rainfall) are main drivers. Climate change is also expected to exacerbate these adverse impacts. The policy implications of these challenges are far reaching, with respect to ensuring food security, trade policy, poverty reduction and natural resource management issues. Appropriate tools are therefore of urgent importance to better translating raw climate data into usable and accessible information by all stakeholders and particularly by farmers for improved decisions. By translating climate information into actionable climate knowledge, an innovative decision support system comprising of ‘agro-weather tool’ that can...
Enhancing Women’s Engagement in Chickpea Production: The Case of Multifaceted Role of Denkaka Megertu Farmers’ Cooperative
Women make essential contributions to agricultural and rural economies in all developing countries, including Ethiopia. As several studies indicate, however, women’s contributions to the sector have been overlooked, underrepresented and underserved. On top of this, it is repeatedly stated that women have limited access to land and other productive resources. FAO stated that if women farmers used the same level of resources as men on the land they farm, they would achieve the same yield levels. The yield gap, as most research findings indicate, is due to differences in resource use, mainly inadequate access to and control over improved agricultural technologies. Realizing this fact, since the mid-1990s, the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute has undertaken gender-related activities to integrate gender perspectives in agricultural research endeavors and to improve the livelihood of women by creating innovative women group models. Among the efforts of benefiting women with...
Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Ethiopia: The Case of Phase I SIMLESA Program
Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Ethiopia: The Case of Phase I SIMLESA Program Maize and grain legumes are important food crops in Ethiopia mostly grown by resource-poor farmers in risky environment. But, the production system is affected by different constraints including climate change and variability, small farm sizes, frequent droughts, land degradation, declining soil fertility due to continuous mono-cropping, soil erosion and others. Ethiopia is among the five African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi where the “SIMLESA” program has been implemented since 2010. The overall aim of the SIMLESA program is to improve rural livelihoods of the farming community through productive and sustainable maize-legume systems and risk management strategies that conserve the natural resource base. SIMLESA in Ethiopia has two phases: Main SIMLESA funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)...