Flexible Multi-Partner Mechanism (FMM)

Accelerated Agribusiness and Agro-industry Investment Technical Assistance Initiative

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

• Facilitated preparatory meetings.
• Co-chaired the Highland Smallholder Farmer Livestock Discussion Forum.
• Assessed the market for sheep and goats (meat, live animals) originating from Ethiopia
highlands.
• Assessed sheep and goat production systems in Ethiopia highlands (focus on role of
women and youth).
• Mapped past and ongoing relevant programmes for small ruminant value chain
development in Ethiopia highlands.
• Held workshop to validate findings, identify policy gaps and identify capacity needs to
foster rural employment creation opportunities.
• Prepared a FAO report identifying issues and options for job creation in small
ruminant value chains in Ethiopia highlands.
• Developed Feedipedia datasheets on feedstuffs available for small ruminant fattening
in highlands of Ethiopia.
•Adaptated Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS)
methodologies/packages to sheep and goat fattening value chains in Ethiopia.