More than 60 participants from across Ethiopia stepped away from their work last week to take part in a review and planning workshop of the N2Africa project held 16–17 March 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), N2Africa is a science-based research-in-development initiative that is putting nitrogen fixation to …
Establishing linkages between private and public partners is key to benefit smallholders, according to a poster by scientist from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-led project N2Africa. The project—targeting four regions in Ethiopia, Amhara, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples— seeks build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies including inoculants and fertilizers.
Stakeholder capacity development ranges from organizational (physical) to enhancing human competencies on improved legume technologies, agribusiness, gender mainstreaming, legume value addition and nutrition. N2Africa project of the International Livestock Research Institute outlines the four pillars of its approach to capacity development in legume value chains.
Legumes have great potential to contribute to rural livelihoods and natural resources, according to a poster designed by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Building sustainable long term partnerships is essential to improving agricultural yields and the income of smallholder farmers.
Legume-dependent farmers in Ethiopia suffer from low productivity and poor value chain development. Gaining access to domestic and international grain markets would offer farmers an opportunity to increase knowledge and skills and grow their profit margins, helping poverty reduction through the implementation marketing strategies.
Farmer training, increased seed production and business model implementation are essential to the creation of a profitable and sustainable forage seed industry.