FROM SUBSISTENCE TO COMMERCIALLY ORIENTED AGRICULTURE – Papaya production in Southern Zone of Tigray

One of BENEFIT-CASCAPE (CApacity building and SCAling up of evidence-based best Practices in Ethiopia) intervention, “Improved Papaya Production”, is changing the farm lands of Raya Azebo into income producing assets. Through innovative evidence based approach, effective partnership and continuous support, the drought prone area with unreliable rainfall has changed into pockets of oasis covered with fruits and vegetables. Today, many farmers have moved away from traditional food staples farming to becoming cash crop producers. They have regular source of income, diversified their crops improving their household food security, improved their nutritional status and managed to increase their productive assets. The following is a testimony of one family who succeeded in completely changing their lives through selection of the right commodity, improved variety, technology and management.  [Read the story here]

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