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BENEFIT Partnership 2016 – 2021 key achievements

We are glad to share with you a brochure outlining the key achievements of the BENEFIT Partnership programme and stakeholders over the last five years (2016-2021). The brochure highlights the overall accomplishments of the programmes and stakeholders. It also includes information on the results, change stories, challenges, lessons learned, and future opportunities.

A study on climate resilient agriculture and food systems in Ethiopia identifies key areas of concern

A recent study identifies climate information, water management, soil health and fertility, and promotion of climate smart agriculture inputs and technologies and policy issues as key areas of concern in enhancing climate resilience agriculture and food systems in Ethiopian.

The study indicates that climate information is critical for farmers to strategically plan their farming activities in light of the country’s heightened climatic variability, and it stresses the importance of having tailored weather information services for farmers in Ethiopia. It specifically recommends the integration of weather models for long term weather predictions, support for inter-ministry dialogue and liberalization of policy to support public-private partnership as key issues. It also recommends the integration of tailored weather advisory into the country’s extension systems and capacitating extension agents on how to use and disseminate climate technology information.

According to the findings of the study, soils in Ethiopian are unable to produce to their full potential due to severe degradation, deforestation, the trade-off of crop residue for livestock production, and increased high temperatures. In this regard, it advises expanding irrigation systems and restoring watersheds to ensure continued food production in the face of climate change.

The study also reveals that the promotion of climate smart agricultural practices has been affected by inadequate improved inputs and climate advisory on the technology packages. It proposes that untapped, tested climate smart agriculture technologies could be scaled up to increase Ethiopia’s climate resilience and food production.

The study emphasizes the importance of mainstreaming SMART action plans to realize the country’s climate-resilient strategies and policies and it further suggests mainstreaming weather advisory in the national extension systems, policy support to involve private service providers, support to farmers by subsidizing costs of agricultural insurance, climate information, strengthening capacities of research institutions, agro-weather and extension services, and support the government to establish strategic frameworks and plans that addresses the gaps in policy documents.

Please find the full report here:

More that 600 participants at BENEFIT-ISSD Ethiopia field days in SNNPR

BENEFIT-ISSD organized field days in two of SNNPR woredas, Derashe & Kedida Gambela. The field day attracted more than 600 participants which were drawn from farmers project area, other villages, zonal heads of sector offices, technical staffs and project staffs were participants of the field days. The welcoming speeches of all the field days were conducted by Heads BoANR and BENEFIT-ISSD Scientific Coordinator.  The field days were organized to last for six consecutive days, from August 10 -15, 2017.

BENEFIT–ISSD has been organizing field days for a range of participants at its sites, research kebeles and uses it as good extension approach to address the community’s problem. The four project kebeles (Atena, haibena, taza gereba and jore) were selected for this field day since the new BENEFIT-ISSD initiative in informal seed system has been implemented on those Kebeles and to share lessons learned from project implementation.

Strengthening informal seed systems: 5 crops – 33 varieties

BENEFIT-ISSD initiated to support the informal seed system with a focus of creating access to farmers preferred crop varieties, improve role of women farmers in variety selection, seed production, management and improve nutrition. Moreover, the ISSD/SNNPR focuses in supporting the system on deploying many varieties through participatory variety selection trial (PVS) and crowd Sourcing (CS).

Currently, five (5) crops; sorghum, haricot bean, teff, finger-millet, and faba bean were selected as priority and for start-up in the system. These crops were identified during a focused group discussion (FGD) which was held in 2016. So far, more than thirty-three (33) varieties have been accessed from different sources and injected in the system.

Training to support participatory variety selection and crowd-sourcing 

To accelerate the output on the system training have been done on designing and implementing participatory varietal selection trials (CS & PVS), mainstreaming gender, principles of agricultural experimental designs, and a review on Ethiopian seed system performance. Woreda agriculture office has taken the mandate of identifying and selecting operation sites. Twelve (12) beneficiary groups in six (6) woredas established and developed group guideline, awareness created on crowd sourcing and access varieties of different crops for CS & PVS trials in selected woredas.

As a follow up to this, the project practices recommended agricultural approaches to achieve the desire objectives in the sector. Field day is the one which plays a great role and proved a strong mechanism for cross-project learning as they have engaged farmers, extension, NGOs, Universities, market dealers, industries and other value chain actors across the whole project stakeholder spectrum.

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