Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)

Rural poverty reduction through job creation in small ruminant value chains in Ethiopian Highlands

Objective

• To experiment with a new integrated approach to livestock sector development that improves livestock productivity and farmer livelihoods and ensures that decent
employment opportunities are generated upstream and downstream along the value
chain.

Major results

• Established a Highland Smallholder Farmer Livestock Discussion Forum/technical working group and facilitated preparatory meetings for its establishment.
• Assessed the market for sheep and goats (meat, live animals) starting from four selected woredas of Ethiopia highlands.
• Assessed sheep and goat production systems in Ethiopia highlands.
ff Mapped past and ongoing relevant programmes for small ruminant value chain development in Ethiopia highlands.
• Identified three value chain case studies (i) one local value chain, targeting the
local meat markets; (ii) one national value chain, which targets urban markets;
(iii) one export-oriented value chain, which targets live animals for export.
• Designed, tested and administered questionnaire and analysed data collected.
• Simulated the impact of interventions undertaken at production level on the level
of employment along the value chain, including on-farm and off-farm employment.
• Conducted workshop to validate findings, identify policy gaps and identify capacity
needs to foster rural employment creation opportunities.
• Developed capacity for women and youth groups in four selected woredas.