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Coordination and advocacy for conservation agriculture in Ethiopia

Coordination and advocacy for conservation agriculture in Ethiopia

Full title of the project:

Coordination and advocacy for conservation agriculture

Target areas:

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR)

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 100 000
Implementation:
24/05/2012-31/03/2013
Project code:
OSRO/ETH/202/USA
Objective:

To improve soil moisture retention and health through sensitization and coordination of minimum tillage adoption and associated improved CA practices.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), SNNPR Bureau of Agriculture (BoA), and zone and woreda agricultural offices.

Beneficiaries reached:

212 Government staff and farmers, and indirectly benefiting neighbouring communities through information exchange.

Activities implemented:
  • Conducted a national consultative workshop to share information and create a common understanding on conservation agriculture (CA) among 50 stakeholder participants.
  • Organized a study tour for seven Government experts to show the performance of CA in Zambia and exchange information on challenges and opportunities for designing and implementing a CA programme.
  • Developed a roadmap for forming a CA Task Force under MoA.
  • Carried out trainings on CA and extension methods for extension workers, who trained beneficiary farmers on CA practices through learning-by-doing.
  • Identified 80 farmers to establish eight FTC demonstrations, as well as identified 40 farmers to establish 40 on-farm CA demos.
  • Distributed a total of 50 kg of seeds, an additional 500 quarts of haricot bean seed, 400 kg of fertilizers and 426 pieces of two types of hand tools (hoe and shovel) to enable farmers to carry out quality and timely farming practices.
Impact:
  • Facilitated information sharing in order to create a common understanding on CA and bring knowledge, attitude and practice change among policy makers.
  • The CA Task Force was made operational at the SNNPR BoA level.
  • Built the capacity of extension workers, development agents and beneficiary farmers in order to equip farmers with CA knowledge and skill.
  • CA application in most project sites demonstrated superior crop performance, compared to control/traditional practices.
  • Beneficiary farmers expressed interest and preparedness to expand CA practices by sharing their findings and recommendations with other neighbouring farmers.